CLIS Student Chapter of the American Library Association

Georgetown Recovery and Restoration Fund Established May 2, 2007

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Donate to the Georgetown Restoration and Recovery Fund:


From the DC Public Library Foundation:

Urgent Response Needed: Breaking News

Georgetown Branch Library Gutted by Fire:
Georgetown Library Recovery and Restoration Fund Established

May 1, 2007 — The Georgetown Branch Library suffered tragic losses in a three-alarm fire that destroyed the roof and much of the second floor – most notably the Peabody Room, which housed a priceless collection of historical documents, manuscripts, maps and artwork. Firefighters rescued what items they could but much of the branch and its contents suffer from fire, smoke and water damage. The Public Library is faced not only with rebuilding a classic neighborhood gem, but must restore and replace the bulk of the branch collection – much of it requiring expensive archival restoration work. “It’s awful,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the library system, “but we will also bring back everything that can be recovered and restored. It is an historical legacy too important to lose. But further, we will bring back a library that serves all the residents of this community: children, students, seniors, and scholars. We so deeply appreciate the help of those who are coming forward to support this effort.”

The Foundation, Friends, and DCPL urge you donate now to become part of the leading edge to bring back a neighborhood gem and restore a legacy for generations to come.

Donations may be made by clicking the red box below, or by check payable to “DC Public Library Foundation” sent to:

DC Public Library Foundation
901 G St, NW #400
Washington, DC 20008

The Foundation also receives gifts of securities (see appropriate tab for instruction). All donations will be acknowledged and are fully tax-deductible. Inquiries, please contact Anna Velazco at: 202-727-4943.


CLIS-ALA will also be collecting donations for the DCPL foundation in the student lounge on the fourth floor of Hornbake.

We plan to arrange a panel discussion to generate awareness of the short-term and long-term implications of such a devastating fire. Details to follow.


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