Participating libraries across the state of Maine are joining together to raise funds to help rebuild Bibliotheque de Lac-Mégantic. In the aftermath of the fatal train crash thatdestroyed the downtown area of Lac-Mégantic, Canadaearlier this month, there hasbeen a flood of support for the rural Quebec community.
Several Western Maine towns sent firefighters over the border to respond to the tragedy. Farmington, the sister city of Lac-Mégantic since 1991, was one of the towns to respond. The town’s library, the Bibliotheque de Lac-Mégantic, bordered the train tracks and was one of the buildings razed to the ground by the explosions in the downtown area. The entire collection, estimated at 60,000 items, was lost with the exception of those books currently checked out by patrons. The library served three thousand community
members each month. Much of the collection is irreplaceable, as the library housed historical records, books, and photographs documenting the town’s history.
Library officials are asking for monetary donations to help replace the building, computers and materials. Anyone who wishes to donate may look for a donation can on the circulation desk of your local library. All donations are greatly appreciated.