"What a tragedy!"
That's how Margaret Carty described the Waveland Public Library, as she toured the ruins of the facility for the second time.
"So you'll take the whole building down and start over?" Carty asked.
"Everything," Hancock County Library officials responded.
Carty was still shocked to see the crumbled walls, collapsed shelves, and moldy books.
"I feel a great deal of sadness that this has been taken away from the people in this community," said Carty.
Carty is the executive director of the Maryland Library Association. She first visited Hancock County back in December to deliver books, money and a mobile library. This time, she returned with another donation.
"We brought another check down for $4,000, which brings our total cash contribution to $16,000," Carty said.
Carty also brought her colleagues, like Kay Bowman. She wanted them to see the devastation for themselves and how their contributions are being put to use.
"I was totally blown away," said Kay Bowman. "I now see how important it was, the kind of help and assistance that we gave was so necessary."
"It's been a lifesaver," said David Woodburn, the Deputy Director of the Hancock County Library System. "At one point, they brought a truck of paper so we could make free copies for the public and that's something we couldn't afford under the circumstances."
And the friends from Maryland expect to send more help our way, because they understand that this is just the beginning of the rebuilding.
"It's very heartening to see how much clean up there has been down here," said Carty. "It's very gratifying for us to be a part of this rebuilding."
Hancock County Library officials say the Waveland Public Library will be rebuilt within the next three years. It's expected to cost between $800,000 and $1 million. They are not sure yet about the fate of the Pearlington Library.
By: Trang Pham-Bui
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