The New York Library Association (NYLA) distributed $10,000 during the week of December 12 to libraries damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August.
Flooding from the storm forced some New York libraries to close and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, including the loss of thousands of books, DVDS, and other media.
Over the past months, $10,000 was raised via the NYLA Disaster Relief Fund, which was created in 2007 to help New York libraries damaged or destroyed by a natural or manmade disaster.
The $10,000 was distributed among the following libraries: Coburn Free Library, Owego; MacArthur Elementary School Library, Binghamton; Schoharie Free Library, Schoharie; Middleburgh Library & Dr. Christopher Best Medical Exhibit, Middleburgh; Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library, Putnam; Rye Free Reading Room, Rye; Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay; Goshen Public Library & Historical Society, Goshen; and Wallkill Public Library, Wallkill.
In photo below, Michael Borges, center, the executive director of NYPLA, presents a $1,000 check to workers at the Middleburgh Library.