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Books collected for Ike-damaged library

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.—FEBRUARY 15, 2009—After hearing about the damage to a public library in Galveston, Texas, from Hurricane Ike, one young Elizabeth City resident is working to repair it.

Erin McCarty, 17, president of the North Carolina Juniorettes, and members of the local Juniorettes are gathering new and used children’s books at area locations around the city to send to Galveston.

The Juniorettes is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and accepts girls in middle school and high school.

“All we’re really trying to do is just to start helping them rebuild,” McCarty said.

McCarty said the Juniorettes of Galveston used to meet at the damaged library before the storm but now are unable to do so.

The Juniorettes of North Carolina have been working to collect books to restore the children’s department at the Galveston library.

They’re planning a trip to aid rebuilding efforts in Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina since efforts for teams to visit Ike are not complete yet.

McCarty, who’s made two previous hurricane relief trips to Mississippi, will be going again this year as part of the effort along with other members throughout the state.

The Elizabeth City Juniorettes have already collected about 1,200 books. The group is also accepting movies and visual aids such as educational posters, as well as donations to the reconstruction fund that will be handed over directly to the library in Galveston.

Books should be suitable for elementary and middle school students. A lot of the books she’s collected thus far were dropped off at the Recycled Reader and most have been in good condition.

“It may be considered a large project, but we’re trying to make a difference,” McCarty said.

Locally, delivery points for the book collection are located at Page After Page Bookstore, Holy Family Catholic Church, Recycled Reader, building 63 at the U.S. Coast Guard base, and the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call. Donations for the library repairs can be made out to the Juniorettes at P.O. Box 1521, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27906.

—Diana Mazzella, Staff Writer, DailyAdvance.com

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