9 March 2011
The Destruction of a Public Library is a Blow Felt by All
Message from Thomas W. Galante, CEO, Queens Library:
Let's show the world that libraries have a heart and can unite to help the Egyptian people rebuild their public libraries. Two public libraries in Cairo, Egypt were senselessly destroyed this February by vandals who stole and burned the contents and left the two libraries in ruins. Queens Library has a formal partnership with the Integrated Care Society which operates the network of public libraries in Cairo. We are issuing a rallying cry to libraries and library lovers globally to help our Egyptian friends rebuild and reopen as soon as possible. Together, the millions of people who support libraries worldwide can help reopen the doors to the information and opportunities that libraries provide to the people of Cairo.
Please create and promote a link on your library's home page to this URL so the people you serve have an opportunity to donate, if they so choose.
Please do all you can do to promote this effort.
The destruction of a public library is a blow felt by all—promoting this link on library home pages worldwide can make a difference by providing an opportunity for the people in our cities, towns, and villages to help.
Thomas W. Galante
Chief Executive Officer
Queens Library, New York
United States of America