MIFFLINBURG — There is still time to help the Union County Library System make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Monday, May 20 is a day many people will never forget as the entire nation watched as an EF5 tornado terrorized the town of Moore, Okla., leaving in its wake lives lost, homes destroyed and schools desolated.
In the days that followed, many other towns were affected by tornados, leaving one disaster after another. So many people were now faced with rebuilding their lives from scratch.
After seeing the devastation in Moore, the Union County Library System (UCLS) is ‘digging into a cause’ with a project called Bookmarks & Backpacks: Libraries for ‘Moore’ Hope.
Throughout the summer, each library in the system — Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton — has been collecting school supplies for students and teachers, as well as supplies for infants and toddlers.
“Our goal is to fill a tractor trailer,” said Kelly Walter, director of the Herr Memorial Library, where the idea for the project originated. “We’d like to collect backpacks, tote bags, and diaper bags and enough materials to fill each of them.”
For school-age children, the UCLS is collecting the following items: backpacks for boys and girls, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, pencil cases, notebooks, notepads, binders, bookmarks, books, stickers, glue, glue sticks, erasers, blunt scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, and lunch boxes/bags for boys and girls.
For teachers, the library system is collecting: tote bags, pens, pencils, markers, dry-erase markers, highlighters, planning calendar 2013/2014, notebooks, binders, bookmarks, construction paper, reference/educational books, reward stickers, paper clips, stapler, tape, scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, water bottles and lunch bags.
Items being collected for infant and toddlers include: diaper bags, diapers, wipes, ointments, hand sanitizer, baby blankets, bibs, stuffed toys, teething toys, baby bottles, baby cereal, and prepackaged toddler/infant snacks.
Gift cards to Walmart, Target and Staples are also being collected. These will either be used to purchase supplies to fill the bags or sent along as part of the donation. Local businesses are also encouraged to donate recyclable shopping bags (non-plastic).
Items may be dropped off at any of the three UCLS locations through July 24. The goal is have these items to Oklahoma at the beginning of August before the school year begins.
For more information, visit the UCLS website at www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or stop by your local UCLS library. For specific questions, contact Coni Marie Sheridan, Development & Marketing Coordinator at (570) 523-1172.