The H.W. Wilson Foundation recently awarded $100,000 to the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library System. Eight of 13 library sites were ruined by Hurricane Katrina, and loss of tax revenues forced an initial layoff of 90 percent of library staff. The main library and four branches are operating on a limited schedule. Total damage is estimated at $26-$30 million. With help from the U.S. library community, two branches will be renovated during the American Library Association Conference and two modular libraries and two bookmobiles are being added to the system.
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