Thanks for the update, Sharon! We have a collection jar in our school
library with morning announcements all week about the fire. The
District Library Department (all of the Librarians, Assistants and
Secretary) is sending a donation to the Mechanics Account from
our "Sunshine Fund." Librarians from around the state saw the news
articles and have asked how to support Castro so we put out the
Mechanics address on a CA school librarians' listserv. Hopefully some
of that will generate funds.
Thanks especially for mentioning the web! I didn't even think to use
our library website as another solicitation point for donations.
The Castro principal and PTA will take the lead in getting their
library back together. Just my personal two cents... I'm a fan of the
bank donations so they can purchase library-bound books which are
extra-durable and made to withstand repeated use.
Library Media Teacher, Adams Middle School
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Sharon J." <sj_jpm@u...> wrote:
> I ran into a Castro PTA mom last night and she said lots of nearby
> schools have offered support. Also, they are getting books and cash
> donations but they could use more.
> FYI: Here's what we posted on the Harding PTA website:
> PLEASE HELP RESTORE CASTRO LIBRARY
> A fire destroyed almost all of the books and several computers in
> Castro Elementary School Library. The Castro Community is asking for
> your help:
> (1) Donate money to "The Castro Library Fund," c/o Mechanics Bank,
> 9996 San Pablo Avenue , El Cerrito CA 94530 (donation can be made at
> any Mechanics Bank).
> (2) Donate books or computers.
> Please contact: Principal Galen Murphy at 510-234-6200,
> Galen.Murphy_Castro@g... or Castro PTA President Tony
> Campbell at 510-815-0534, sasjaandthefenian@j...