Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Libraries Recovering from Storm to Receive New Books

Monday, December 4, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Texas libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey are about to receive 100 new books to help them rebuild their collections. Thanks to the generosity of the Brownstone Book Fund of New York, 83 libraries affected by the storm will be able to offer community residents new reading selections for children.

The Brownstone Book Fund reached out to Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to determine the best way of reaching the many libraries in the state dealing with Harvey and its aftermath.

“The offer of support was so incredibly generous and will bring over 8,000 brand new, high-quality children’s books to Texas libraries,” said Smith. Diane Brownstone, head of the foundation, offered to send 100 free books to each library. Through this donation, libraries selected desired books from a very broad list. The new books will be shipped with library binding and will be essentially shelf ready.

“I’m thrilled that this gift will bring pleasure to so many children in Texas, commented Brownstone, "I hope they have as much fun reading these books as I did when I chose them for my list."

“This donation of books is such a welcomed boost to libraries and their communities,” Smith noted. He added, “Beyond the material donation, having this affirmation and support through this difficult time is an immense gift as well.”

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is working with Texas libraries in several efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey. In addition to providing grants and other assistance, TSLAC works to bring together stakeholders, interested organizations, and members of the public in support of libraries and literacy.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities.  For more information visit