Bethel Library taking donations to help Lac Megantic library
The Bethel Library is joining others across Maine to raise funds to help rebuild a library - the Bibliotheque de Lac-Megantic in Quebec, following the train crash last month that destroyed the downtown area of Lac Megantic.
The town’s library bordered the train tracks and was one of the buildings destroyed by the explosions. The library’s entire collection, estimated at 60,000 items, was lost with the exception of books that had been checked out by patrons, according to a press release provided by the Farmington (Maine) Public Library.
Farmington has been the sister city of Lac Megantic since 1991.
Much of the Lac Megantic’s collection is described in the release as irreplaceable, as the library housed historical records, books and photographs documenting the town’s history.
The library served 3,000 community members each month. Library officials are requesting monetary donations to help replace the building, computers and materials.
Anyone wishing to donate may look for the donation container at the Bethel Library.