The American Libraries blog, AL Inside Scoop, ran a post about the activities and services the Houston Public Library provided immediately after Hurricane Ike hit Houston.
Sandra Fernandez, manager of public relations for Houston Public Library, contacted me this morning to give us an update on what the library has done to aid in recovery from Hurricane Ike, which made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast shortly after midnight September 13. After talking last week with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey and development guru Pat Martin, and after hearing both of them agree that these tough financial times are exactly the right time for us to be trumpeting the value of public libraries, it was gratifying to hear about what a central role HPL is playing in the recovery.
Fernandez noted in her e-mail that in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Ike, “HPL stepped up to help respond to the post-Ike needs of fellow citizens and city employees. Library staff acted quickly to reopen its Central Library and to shift the focus from the provision of normal library services to concentrate on how to best use the library’s resources play an active role to help with the city’s recovery efforts.”
It’s always nice to have your organization recognized for the good work it does. It’s also nice to get good quotes while you’re at it. 🙂