AADL Adopts Jefferson Parish Public Library

Through ALA’s Adopt a Gulf Coast Library, Ann Arbor District Library has joined with Jefferson Parish Public Library to help raise funds for the rebuilding of their Belle Terre branch.

This press release was sent out today:

The Ann Arbor District Library, through the American Library Association’s Adopt a Gulf Coast Library Program, has been matched with a public library in Louisiana, with the purpose of providing assistance to a branch library severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Funds raised by AADL will go directly to the Jefferson Parish Library to help rebuild the severely damaged Belle Terre Branch.

Individuals who wish to donate may do so at any circulation desk in the Ann Arbor District Library system. Checks should be made out to the Friends of Jefferson Parish Public Library with ‘Belle Terre’ noted in the memo. AADL will forward the funds directly to this Louisiana Library which is so much in need. If individuals prefer, they may also mail checks directly to:

Friends of Jefferson Parish Public Library
P.O. Box 9391
Metairie, LA 70055

The Belle Terre Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library system closed after Hurricane Katrina ripped two large holes in the roof of the building. Before the damage could be repaired, Hurricane Rita occurred, dumping more rain into these gaping holes. The entire collection, as well as all computers, furniture, shelving, and content, was lost.

All sixteen locations of the Jefferson Parish Library system, which borders New Orleans on both sides of the river, suffered immense damage from Hurricane Katrina and the further ravages of Hurricane Rita’s winds. Nearly a quarter million items from the Library system’s collection have been lost.

Eager to offer assistance, the Ann Arbor District Library joined the American Library Association’s ‘Adopt a Library Program, which provides an opportunity for libraries of all types in the US to provide assistance to these libraries in need.

This is an excellent opportunity for the Ann Arbor Community to directly assist in rebuilding a library that is still suffering from this natural catastrophe.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 South Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor. For more information, call the Library at 327-4560.


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