Magazine article American Libraries

Katrina Recovery Progresses with Reopenings, Millages, and a Blueprint

Magazine article American Libraries

Katrina Recovery Progresses with Reopenings, Millages, and a Blueprint

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Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, more signs of recovery are popping up in Louisiana as facilities reopen, millages pass, and recovery plans take hold.

New Orleans Public Library reopened its Martin Luther King Jr. branch October 5, with speakers calling it a beacon of hope for the recovery of the city's Lower Ninth Ward. The event included the announcement of significant contributions, including 10,000 books from Scholastic, of which 2,500 were earmarked for the King branch. The publishing, education, and media company also included toys in its gift, which was valued at about $200,000. AmeriCares, an international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, gave $50,000 to the NOPL Foundation to buy computers and books for the King library, and $30,000 came from the Nestle USA food company and Reading Is Fundamental to expand branch collections.

In St. Tammany Parish, 63% of voters in an October 20 ballot said yes to a 6. …

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