ALA donates $3,500 to assist Vermont libraries damaged by floods, encourages more donations
For Immediate Release
Chapter Relations Office
CHICAGO - Catastrophic flooding back in July impacted the state of Vermont, including many libraries. 17 public libraries suffered damage to their buildings and loss of resources. Thanks to support from ALA members and other library supporters around the country, the ALA Disaster Relief Fund is sending $3,500 to the Vermont Library Association to disburse to those libraries hardest hit and in need of financial assistance.
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, the state capitol, suffered major damage to infrastructure and is not open to the public. Staff are now providing curbside pickup of library materials and are providing internet access outside the building. The Johnson Public Library is providing library services from its temporary location in the Johnson Masonic Temple while work on the library building continues. Post-flood building repairs at the Johnson Public Library building include heating, electrical, flooring, and insulation reinstallation. Water flooded the South Londonderry Public Library through both the roof and the basement during the storms but have continued library service to the public despite having on-going repairs.
ALA thanks the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Library Association for their support and assistance to library staff and the communities they serve.
To make a donation to Vermont libraries through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund, please type "Vermont" in the Tribute line.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit the ALA website at ALA.org.