From left, Livingston Parish Library Assistant Director Jennifer Seneca, Livingston Parish Library Director Giovanni Tairov, and Rotary Club Assistant District 6840 Governor Joyce M. Shaw hold a donation for $2,000 from the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs to assist with the library’s flood recovery inside the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library on March 17. The donation will be used to replace items from the library’s collection checked out and destroyed during the flooding.

Submitted by Emma James-Wilson

LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish Library is excited to announce that the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs has donated $2,000 to the library system to help with flood recovery.

Joyce M. Shaw, who serves as Assistant District 6840 Governor, visited the library’s administration office and Main Branch on Thursday, March 17, to present the donation to Library Director Giovanni Tairov and Assistant Director Jennifer Seneca.

“The Rotary Club of Ocean Springs and Rotary District 6840 recognizes the significant contributions that the Livingston Parish Library made to help its community recover from the terrible flood disaster,” Shaw said.

“This donation is an opportunity to support the Library in its efforts to replace materials that were lost during that time.”

In the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2016, Livingston Parish Library was one of the first organizations to open its doors to the public, offering free Internet, printing and faxing services, storytimes to entertain children impacted by the flooding, and resources for patrons to contact groups in order to file insurance claims, gut houses, and more.

Livingston Parish Library lost approximately $162,100 in items presumed destroyed by flood waters.

Of the 8,751 items checked out by patrons on August 12, 2016, or earlier, only 1,751 have been confirmed lost to flooding.

If you or anyone in your family were impacted by flooding and had any library materials checked out at the time of the Great Flood, please let any branch of the Livingston Parish Library know.

“Livingston Parish Library is truly thankful for the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs’ donation,” Tairov said.

“Like the rest of our parish agencies and residents, the library has been impacted by last year’s flooding. The Rotary Club’s donation will be used to replace items from our collection checked out and destroyed during the flood.”

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