Texas Disaster Relief Fund
September 13, 2017
Libraries are a place to learn, but they are also a place where people go for assistance. Often during times of crisis, libraries help by providing contact information for government agencies, forms needed to apply for relief assistance, and sometimes shelter. Many of the libraries in the greater Houston area were badly affected by Hurricane Harvey, in some cases preventing them from providing these valuable services. If you are looking for ways to help those impacted by the hurricane, please consider donating to the Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund, to get these libraries back to what they do best, assisting their communities.
For more insight, please read the following letter from the Director of the Texas Library Association, Wendy Woodland.
As the long slow process of recovery begins, we are beginning to hear about libraries facing tremendous damage and total devastation. Librarians are returning to determine their most immediate and long term needs for assistance.
The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection an online information sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet, similar to those developed by other grassroots groups, is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter pertinent information.
There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet - one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.
Please share this link with your colleagues: www.txla.org/library-recovery. The webpage has general information and links to the Google spreadsheet.
The outpouring of support from the library community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is truly inspiring. Thank you!