Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund

THANK YOU to our generous donors!   

$3,603.85 raised (as of 9/24) 

Florida Libraries Rebuild Networkan online sharing tool to connect those libraries impacted by Hurricane Irma and those wanting to help.  Status reports from libraries across the state are slowly coming in and will be added so that you can find the most effective way to provide them support.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Library Association is working with the State Library of Florida to coordinate a response to damage caused to libraries across the state.  We have already begun receiving requests to help.  Anyone wishing to assist Florida libraries with their recovery efforts is urged to donate to the Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund.  Donations can be open to assisting any library affected by the storm, or can be directed to assist a specific library in need.  We will update our website frequently as we learn details about specific libraries and their needs.

“FLA stands ready to assist libraries affected by Hurricane Irma,” said FLA President Robin Shader.  “Our hearts go out to the thousands of people impacted by this storm and we will do everything we can to help affected libraries get up and running again as soon as possible.”

Helpful Resources for Disaster Recovery 

The Florida Library Association is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in Florida libraries by advocating strongly for libraries and providing high quality professional and leadership development for a diverse community of library staff, volunteers, and supporters. 

Bulletin Board

2018 FLA President's Message

" Each of us, no matter what our role in the library, has the power to make positive change every day.  We have the research skills to identify and address community needs. We have the opportunity to make each interaction with the library memorable.  We have the creativity to design experiences that make visitors say “Wow!”  Through continual reinvention and reinvigoration of services, libraries are able to connect people with information, with each other, and with current technologies.  And when we are passionate about the subject we are teaching, our enthusiasm has a tendency to inspire others..." 

Robin Shader
President, Florida Library Association
Director, Bay County Public Library & Northwest Regional Library System

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