Oh how I miss the library!! We live in Louisville and although we weren't personally effected by the floods 3 weeks ago, my dear Louisville Library was. The main library had substantial damages when the 6 inches of rain in one hour flooded the basement - which housed all the inter-library transfers (which is a lot and mostly the new books) and all the new book processing, plus it totaled 3 book mobiles and 2 employee cars. Yes in the picture is the top of the book mobiles...this is a dock that went into the basement so you can imagine how much water flooded into the library.
Today (3 weeks later) the library was able to open. Unfortunatly a lot of the computer system is still down. The library catalog is up, but I can't request any books and they can't tell me what is due. They have asked people to keep their books until they can tell us when they are due. The library close to me is in a middle school and they have sorted books in boxes to where they belong (you can return books to any library reguardless of where you checked them out from) and they essentially can't check the book back in. So if they have a book you can check it out, but that's about it.
On the plus side the catalog is working so I was able to find our next book club book and drive to the library where it was located and check it out. It was fun for my girls and I to explore a new libaray. :) I DOOOOO miss being able to reserve books, but am trying to get some of my personal books read...that isn't going to well...what I seem to be doing is buying new!! UGH! Will I never learn??? LOL! Needless to say I am having library withdrawl!
If you are interested the are taking up a collection to help pay for the damages at:
The Library FoundationATTN: Flood
301 York St
Louisville KY 40203