When a natural disaster strikes, it can either pass some towns by or become a destructive force in others. While the towns that get hit hard receive media coverage, it’s mainly focused on large or well-known metropolitan areas. Schoharie County in upstate NY is the victim of both Hurricanes Irene and Lee, which destroyed their local libraries. Since they are such a small town, they have only received local media coverage, but never made national news. There was an article on CNN, but it would have been missed if you didn't know it was there. (Eatocracy.) They need all sorts of items, including tools, batteries, storage supplies, gloves, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, etc.
While the community has been pulling together, neighbor helping neighbor, to clean, muck, tear down and rebuild homes and local farms, there are little resources currently to help the libraries that also were severely damaged from the storms.
Therefore, Chick Lit Central is posting this message in hopes that you can help Schoharie County's libraries. Right now, they need money for rebuilding, set-up and maintenance costs. If you can contribute any funding to their library (via your own pocketbook or by starting a fundraiser in your town or at your school) or even pass the word along so that other people can help them if they have the means to do so, this would mean the world to their community. They’re a small farming town, so reading is a huge pastime for the residents and they rely heavily on their libraries to fulfill their reading needs.
Here are some local articles from their town:
This is a link to their county’s weekly newspaper with several local stories:
Websites for libraries:
Thank you for any help you can provide, from donating books to just passing this message along.