The Burbank Public Library has received a check from the Friends of the Burbank Public for $15,000 to replace books damaged in last April’s incident involving a burst water pipe. Ms. Mickey Pierce, president of the Friends of the Burbank Public Library, presented the check to Mayor Jess Talamantes at the October 18, Burbank City Council Meeting.
The April 9, flood ruined over 1,000 library books in the travel, history and biography sections. While many of the books were out of print and can’t be replaced, the cost of recovery has been estimated at $25,000.
“This check will go a long way to filling all those empty shelves in the non-fiction section,” said Library Services Director Sharon L. Cohen, “We’re very grateful to have such a generous organization as the Friends to back us up in times of trouble.”
The Friends of the Burbank Public Library is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support through fundraising activities. Their goals are to promote books and the library to the community. Next week marks the semi-annual Friends of the Burbank Public Library Used Booksale, one of the primary fundraising efforts of the organization. Proceeds from the book sales fund all library’s programming, including the children’s and Teen Summer Reading Clubs, cultural and educational events for both children and adults, and many special purchases for the library.
To join the Friends of the Burbank Public Library, download the application from the library’s website, www.BurbankLibrary.com, or pick up a form at any of the Burbank libraries. For further information, call 818-238-5551.