Kent County, Michigan, November 8 – Kent District Library is spearheading a campaign to restock the shelves at Port Arthur Public Library, a Texas library that sustained heavy flood damage during Hurricane Harvey.
KDL has pledged to partner with other Michigan libraries to donate 50,000 items, including books, CDs and DVDs.
KDL will donate materials that have been retired from the library collection.
Patrons will also be able to get involved by donating new or like-new books in collection boxes at all 18 KDL branches through Jan. 31. The greatest need is for children’s materials, DVDs and bestsellers. Patrons can also contribute by donating bubble wrap and air-filled padding to help with shipping. In January, all collected items will be shipped to Port Arthur.
“What seems like a monumental task is truly an effort that highlights just how much libraries care for the communities they serve and their library colleagues throughout the state and nation,” said Brian Mortimore, director of human resources for Kent District Library. “A natural disaster leaves destruction in its wake, but also presents people with an opportunity to demonstrate the very best that humanity has to offer. We have the opportunity to mobilize our respective talents to help one another, and that’s what Michigan libraries are doing.”
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Port Arthur Public Library sustained substantial flood destruction and loss of property, including books, computer equipment, archives and more. The library is hoping to reopen in March, 2018.
Tanis Trucking in Jenison is generously donating to store and transport all the items to Texas.
Port Arthur is a community of about 50,000 people, located 100 miles east of Houston. It is primarily a working-class, oil-refinery town that relies heavily on the library for services to the community.
About Kent District Library
Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries that serve nearly 400,000 residents of 27 different municipalities throughout Kent County. KDL is an IRS-designed 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations. KDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. For more, visit kdl.org.
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