DRC History

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Brief chronology of Committee activities:
Created as an ad hoc committee; became standing committee in 2003

1999   First art raffle held: Rosemary Well's The Bear Went Over the Mountain.
2001   With assistance from other TLA units, was able to grant two libraries awards -- C.E. King Middle School Library and the Sheldon Independent School District -- to recover from flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Allison.
2002   Provided award to Alvarado Public Library to assist in recovery from severe flooding; grant used to pay for network cable drops.
2003   Disaster Relief endowment established with the $25,000 raised through the efforts of all those who have helped with the raffles over the previous four years.
    Officially became a TLA standing committee; approved by Council at the 2002 Conference. 
2006   Hurricane Rita damages libraries in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area. TLA, working with ALA and state agencies, collects books to send to distressed libraries. Gretchen McCord, President of TLA, sends out an email request for Disaster Relief Funding and TLA members respond. The Disaster Relief Committee is able to award grants to all nine libraries damaged by the hurricane and who requested funding from TLA.
  • Allan Shivers Library - funds used to extend service hours
  • Beaumont Public Library System/Tyrrell Historical Library - funds used to replace lost collection materials
  • Beaumont Public Library System/Johns Branch Library - funds used to replace lost collection materials
  • Buna Public Library - funds used to repair facility
  • Newton County Public Library/Deweyville Branch - funds used to replace damaged collection materials
  • Groves Elementary School - funds used to repair facilities.
  • Jasper Public Library - funds used to rebuild collection
  • Lamar University, Mary and John Gray Library - funds used to maintain collections
  • Wildwood Civic Library - funds used to replace damaged or lost materials
2009   Hurricane Ike damaged Texas coastal libraries in September of 2008.  Grants from the Disaster Relief Fund were awarded to the following libraries in January of this year:
  • Anahuac HS: $3,000
  • Bridge City Middle: $2,700
  • Bridge City Intermediate: $3,000
  • Bridge City HS: $2,000
  • Galveston ISD Libraries: $6,500
  • Pasadena Public: $4,500
  • Hastings 9th grade: $3,000
  • Rosenberg Public: $6,500
  • Silsbee Middle: $2,800
  • Sour Lake Elementary: $ 2,500
  • O'Connell High School: $2,700
2015   Wimberley Village Library was awarded a grant for $2,000 to help with their photograph recovery program.
Created on Apr 2, 2010 | Last updated April 18, 2016