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Lake Placid Library helping Wells Memorial

The entire collection of children's picture books was destroyed at the Wells Library, along with 50-percent of the entire children's collection.

The entire collection of children's picture books was destroyed at the Wells Library, along with 50-percent of the entire children's collection. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Lake Placid Public Library has embarked on a fundraising project to help the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, which sustained heavy damages in the Aug. 28 flooding.

Besides collecting donations, the library will be giving all proceeds from its book sales for the month of September.

The AuSable River invaded the Upper Jay facility during Tropical Storm Irene, filling the basement and destroying the children’s collection located on the first floor, which was stored on the lower shelves. Workers and volunteers have been trying to save archival materials, to empty the library of ruined volumes and to shovel mud.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the pictures of that library,” Lake Placid Library Board of Trustees President Beverley Reid said.

Reid said that the library board would be adding money to that raised through book sales and donations.

“They are going to be facing a lot of expenses fixing that beautiful building and what they are going to need for that is cash,” Reid said. “This is a great way for the people of North Elba and the surrounding area to show our neighbors that we care.”

All proceeds from the Lake Placid Public Library will be given directly to the Wells Library. Children’s books in good condition will also be accepted on behalf of Upper Jay.

Adirondack author Kate Messner has been sending out appeals on a blog attached to her website, katemessner.com, and is unofficially coordinating efforts with the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid to replace books.

Anyone wishing for more information or to help may contact the library at 523-3200.

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