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Libraries helping restore service to Mississippi library

December 16, 2005

The Maryland Library Association is helping to restore library service to the citizens of Hancock County, Miss., by adopting the Pearlington (Miss.) Library.

During Hurricane Katrina, 20 feet of water washed through the building. Though the building still is standing, the library lost everything. Efforts are under way to raise money to replace the books, materials and services that were lost.

Washington County Free Library is serving as a collection site for books from around the state that are being donated to the Pearlington Library. Allegany County has donated its bookmobile to the relief effort.

The bookmobile will be at Washington County Free Library today at 11 a.m. Volunteers will load the collected books into the bookmobile before it travels to Mississippi.

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Those interested in contributing to the effort may send donations to Washington County Free Library, ATTN: Mary Baykan, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Mark "Katrina Relief Effort" in the notes portion of your check.

For information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 136.

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