The idea had been considered before the storm hit, but the storm brought urgency to the “Buy a Book for the Library” campaign at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Anne McConkey with the University of Nebraska Foundation says storm damage to the Calvin T. Ryan Library turned talk into action.
“We’ve been talking about this for some time, but we did have a terrible rain storm in Kearney in April, just this past year, that damaged a portion of the library’s roof and quite a few books were damaged, really beyond repair,” McConkey tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The April 9th storm damaged about 7,000 books. Many have been restored, but some cannot be saved.
The university is seeking the funds needed to replace the books that cannot be restored.
“Again, it was just kind of like, wow, the timing is good here. We have damaged books. We want to start this fund. It really was kind of serendipitous. It was just a good catalyst for really kicking this fund off,” according to McConkey.
The campaign won’t just replace those books which couldn’t be repaired. It is a long-term project that will provide the library the money needed to buy additional material.
Donors may be honored with a special bookplate or the donor can designate a bookplate in honor of someone of their choice.
Buy a Book for the Library offers three giving levels: $100 contribution for one personalized book, $500 for six personalized books and $1,000 for 12 personalized books.
For more information on the Buy a Book program, visit nufoundation.org/unkbuyabook or contact the University of Nebraska Foundation at 308-698-5282.