Alongside efforts by the nonprofit Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund, library distributor Follett has launched a separate fund to help Texas K-12 libraries, damaged by Hurricane Harvey, rebuild.
Donations to Follett's fund, which can be made through October 2, can be used by schools to purchase new materials from Follett. The company will also match the fund, by an additional 10% of the amount donated.
The money, which can be posted through Follet’s Titlewish donation site, will be used to help libraries identified by the Texas Library Association’s Texas Library Recovery Connection, a database of libraries impacted by the storm.
Follet has established a preliminary goal of raising $15,000.
The nonprofit Texas Library Association has also established a program of its own. The TLA Disaster Relief Fund, which will make direct relief grants to school libraries in the state, has raised nearly $68,000 to date.
Britten Follett, senior v-p of marketing and classroom initiatives at Follett, said the company's fund is “an opportunity to help provide students with the materials they need, and had, before the hurricane hit.”