The Ann Arbor community generously supported an effort by AADL to send financial aid to public libraries damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Below is an update from the staff of the Jefferson Parish Public Library system. AADL generated funds were designated to the Belle Terre Branch.
"Good afternoon, everyone. Here at the Jefferson Parish Library things are steadily moving along. Lots of things have been going on since the New Orleans ALA conference when I last checked in with you. We have been working with our local Lowe’s to get 4 of our libraries painted. We are planning to re-open our Live Oak branch on November 20th, 2006. That will now make 10 of our 15 libraries re-opened since the storm: East Bank Regional, Grand Isle, Harahan, Live Oak, North Kenner, Old Metairie, Rosedale, Terrytown, West Bank Regional, and Westwego. Unfortunately, our Lafitte branch has been taken over by the local police department down there, and we can not rebuild it at this time. We have had to put plans to reinstate library service to that area on hold for now. You can view more details of our recovery by visiting our up-to-date Library Recovery Progam.
Our Friends group is still accepting financial donations for all branches, and we are still holding designated funds for libraries that have yet to re-open: Belle Terre, Gretna, Lafitte, Lakeshore, and Wagner. Thank you all for your support so far!! Though, we still have a great need…slowly, but surely, we are rebuilding back a better library system for the New Orleans metro area. We could not have done it without you!!
Irene Lunkin is the contact person for donations, adopt-a-library, and information needs. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is 504-838-1100 ext. 222.
Thank you all for your support!"