A $15,000 donation, along with a previous $10,000 grant, will help the Central Library recover the books it lost when a pipe burst in April, officials announced.
The April 9 flood ruined more than 1,000 library books in the travel, history and biography sections. Many of the books were out of print and can’t be replaced, but the influx of money should cover the estimated $25,000 recovery cost, library officials said.
Mickey Pierce, president of the Friends of the Burbank Public Library, presented the $15,000 check to Mayor Jess Talamantes at the Oct. 18 Burbank City Council meeting.
Library Services Director Sharon Cohen said the donation would help her department recover from the loss in April.
“This check will go a long way to filling all those empty shelves in the non-fiction section,” Cohen said. “We’re very grateful to have such a generous organization as the Friends to back us up in times of trouble.”