February 25, 2018

Alabama Libraries Thrivin’ After Ivan

By LJ Staff

Rebecca Mitchell, director of the Alabama Public Library Service, told LJ that, as in Florida, libraries overall came through the recent rash of killer storms ‘unbelievably well.’ Mitchell has been checking with libraries in coastal areas; she noted that the Mobile Public Library was able to open four of its branches immediately after Hurricane Ivan: ‘The only thing they had shut down was the bookmobile service due to road conditions.’ The library in Orange Beach suffered ceiling damage and several libraries reported trees down in parking lots. Librarians’ homes also survived without major damage. ‘Considering what we went through, we feel very blessed,’ Mitchell said. As in Florida, several libraries or their parking lots were repurposed to distribute ice and water, and one served as a FEMA information center.