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US libraries help destroyed Canadian library

August 26, 2013

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Libraries across Maine are collecting donations to help rebuild the library destroyed when a runaway train exploded in Canada earlier this year.

Farmington Public Library Director Melanie Coombs launched the effort because the Maine community is the sister city of nearby Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The July 6 explosion and fire killed 47 people.

Coombs tells the Sun Journal the Canadian community’s library lost its collection of 60,000 books, except for the few that customers had borrowed. It also lost irreplaceable records and photos documenting the town’s history.

Coombs reached out to libraries across Maine, and they agreed to put donation cans at their circulation desks.


Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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