Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Help Flooded West Virginia Libraries-Rainelle and Clendenin

To donate to the Clendenin Public Library, go to: http://kanawhalibrary.org/get-involved/support-us/
To donate to the Rainelle Public Library, mail a check to Rainelle Public Library – 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962 (preferred) or go to https://www.youcaring.com/rainelle-public-library-594323#.V3UvSrDYGPU.facebook.

Rainelle Public Library

As many are aware Rainelle Public Library sustained considerable damage in the recent flooding.  The library had 5 feet of water in it, the print collection was destroyed along with at least 90% of the furnishings and 100% of the computers.  A church group was in the last two days and did miraculous work in removing wet materials and furnishings that cannot be saved.  Everything is on the curb waiting for the National Guard.   The floors will be power washed today and the drying process will begin.  Next, a contractor has been secured to remove the interior sheathing and insulation and check the electrical wiring.  They really are further down the road than anyone would have expected them to be at this point.
Now, for the question on everyone’s lips, what about books!  They are interested in book donations, but are weeks, possibly months away from ready for print materials.  Please if anyone has materials they need to be stored with the donor and Rainelle will put out the word when the library is ready.
Efforts are being made to establish a command center or my favorite description after seeing the library yesterday, a “dry place” for the staff and trustees to operate the recovery efforts.  A trailer style field office would enable the staff and trustees access to an onsite telephone and fax and allow the WVLC techs to put in temporary data lines and computers. Electrical power may be available as soon as tomorrow.
Rainelle Public Library could also use monetary donations.  Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library is establishing an online donation account, please be aware online services retain from 3-8% of the donation. Checks may be made to and mailed directly to: Rainelle Public Library – 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962.
For more information, contact Ann Farr.

Clendenin Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library

The Clendenin Branch of Kanawha County Public Library appears to be a total loss.  A lot of people are already talking about donating books and we really appreciate the offers of assistance that are coming in.  However, we are a long way from being in a position where we can consider replacing the collection and we could not deal effectively with donations if they are received.
The best thing people can do right now is contribute money, cleaning supplies, water, etc. to help people in need.  The homes of several of our staff members are completely gone and others are currently uninhabitable, a situation that is widespread across this County and in other counties across the state.  Once we get past the immediate crisis, we will be glad to let people know how they best can help.
For more information, contact Alan Engelbert.

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