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Kent District Library adopts Texas library damaged by Hurricane Harvey

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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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Comments

You should think about selling buttons for $1 a piece to benefit the Port Arthur Library.

Great idea, and we just might once we're well on our way to filling the truck.

I love this! Our bookshelves are bursting (and there are piles of books on our floors), so we will definitely drop off a few bags of books.

Thanks in advance! This is just the kind of giving spirit we are hoping to tap into, while also helping good people like yourself to create a little more room on your shelves for all those holiday decorations folks might be displaying next month!

Wonderful and thank you!!!

I have friends out of state that would like to donate items for the library. Where should they send them?

Books can be dropped off at any KDL location, as well as our Service Center (where they ultimately will be shipped from). Our Service Center Address is 814 W. River Center NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321.

I heard on My West Michigan that there were several libraries collecting for you. Is Holland One of them?

I'm sorry, Holland is not participating. Please consider dropping books off at any of KDL's 18 library locations.

My 8 year old and I went through our books and grabbed some to donate. She picked out her favorites after I explained what the donations were for. She said she loved the books and hopes that some other kids will too. Anything I can do to help a library. The world would be a sad place without them.

What a beautiful story of a child donating her collection. I'd love to talk with you further. Please call me at 647-4148.
-Brian