Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Helping Libraries In Need

Though hurricane Irene was more bark than bite for most, it unfortunately didn't leave everyone in the hub of the literary world unscathed. A massive amount of rain caused flooding that came so fast it didn't give many a chance to prepare. Among those affected was a small town library that sadly lost most of it's children's and young adult books. Author Kate Messner brought this story to light after a recent trip through the area. Please click here to read her story.

It is a terribly sad sight the Kate drove upon in this small town. Books were piled high on the lawn of the library, the majority of them too wet to save. The children's book inventory was almost entirely ruined because they were on the bottom shelf where the children could reach them.

As an author and a book lover I couldn't sit by and do nothing. Chances are this isn't the only library whose inventory has been devastated, but it is the one for which I first heard the call for help so I'm answering. I've already donated a copy of my young adult novel The Secret of Spruce Knoll and I'm going through my book collection to see what else I can give. If you would like to help check out Kate's post. If you know of any other libraries that have been impacted by this incident, or are in need for whatever reason, feel free to leave a comment.

Also, don't forget to stop by Linda's post and throw your name in for our first paragraph critiques! It can be anonymous if you like and no worries, our site is copy protected so no one can right click and copy your work.



  1. Thanks for posting on this critical subject, Heather. And thanks for the mention of first paragraph critiques. We've got a few entries, but would love to have more!

  2. Heather, I'm so glad you shared this with everyone. With awareness we can help. I'm off to check out Kate's post.

  3. So sad to see that's happened. Thanks for posting about this and raising awareness!

  4. Linda, you're welcome, on both counts!

    Karlene, so true! All it takes is spreading the word.

    Lydia, it really is. You're welcome, anything I can do to help!