9.04.2017

After the Storm: Cleaning up the Collection

If you have a personal or professional collection of books that was affected by Hurricane / Tropical Storm Harvey's rain or flood waters, here are some resources that may be helpful as you begin to clean up.

The Texas Library Association has assembled an extensive list of disaster relief resources ranging from food and safety services to library clean-up guides.  If you will be cleaning up a damaged collection, be sure to view the Mold Remediation Guidance document prepared by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Biblio.com has a guide for cleaning books that show signs of mold and mildew.  This resource will be especially helpful in collections that have been exposed to wet air but not inundated with standing water.  Some books may just need minor treatment to remove the musty smell left behind by excessive humidity.

If you are looking for ways to support Gulf Coast libraries as they clean up and rebuild, check out this resource list developed by Karyn Lewis, a librarian in Katy, Texas. 
One fun option if you want to support damaged libraries is to purchase the Texas Library Association coloring book which includes 50 drawings by talented illustrators such as Judy Schachner and Rosemary Wells.  Proceeds support library disaster relief efforts.

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