Monday, February 24, 2020

Missed My Regular Posting Date--

with good reason.

Our very busy library burned down last week and two firefighters were killed while checking the building to anyone who might be trapped. The flames were visible for miles!

To add to the tragedy, it was set by two 13 year-old-boys. Nothing has been said officially about the motive, be people who frequent the library said they were troublesome, making to much noise, hollering and whooping and using foul language. They'd been chastised and sent home several times.

At the time of the fire, the library was crowded as it always is after school. Many children came to the library to do homework and wait for parents to come pick them up. Homeless used the library as a place to rest and read the paper and magazines. Many activities were planned for all ages.

Fortunately the library staff got everyone out safely.

Frankly, this is all I've been able to think about lately.

The building was built in the '50s and no sprinklers.

Someone has offered an empty building close to where the library was for a temporary solution. Donated books are being collected there for now. What else they do with the space, I have no idea.
However the library staff are very creative and resourceful. And yes, I'm donating books. I have many that I know I'll never reread.

By March, I'll be back on my usual schedule--I hope.



Jackie Houchin said...

This is SO sad. Possibly they will replace most of the books, but the ambiance will not be the same. And the lives lost by just malicious foolishness. Just a shame.

Jacqueline Vick said...

This is tragic. I, too, have many books I won't read again. Most of them paperbacks. Can you tell me whee to send them?

authorlindathorne said...

This is a tragedy all around. Yes, I've got some good books too I'd be glad to send them(only about 3 or 4) if you have an address. Most are bestsellers or old, well known books. Look at what those kids have even done to themselves. How can they grow up right with this memory and history behind them. To think of what they did to those firefighters and their families, to their own families.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

They've posted an address. I'll have to find it.

Morgan Mandel said...

I can't remember the last time I posted. I'm going to have to do that again one of these days.