On September 2nd, the storm surge from Hurricane Hermine submerged Cedar Key Florida’s historic downtown in several feet of water. Among the hardest hit buildings was the Cedar Key Public Library. Housed in the Schlemmer Building, circa 1898, the Library was severely damaged. Books, computers, shelving, furniture, audio/visual equipment, carpeting and more were destroyed.
Cedar Key Lions Club President Dale Register observed, “The Cedar Key Public Library is a vital part of our island community. Restoration of the library following Hurricane Hermine is our civic duty and Cedar Key Lions are proud to help. Recognizing the scope of this project, we called on our Lions District Office for financial assistance.”
The request was immediately fielded by Lions District Governor Larry Masters. With administrative authority over most of the state of Florida and the Bahamas, Masters approved a $10,000 award for Cedar Key. In recognition of the Lions Clubs International Centennial Service Challenge, funds were earmarked for the children’s section of the library. When asked about the Lions involvement in this restoration effort Masters offered, “Where there is a need, there is a Lion. Helping the Cedar Key Library recover from the hurricane is yet another example of the Lions motto – We Serve.”
Cedar Key Friends of the Library will help administer the funds. Friends of the Library President, Sue Wooley, is working closely with Cedar Key Librarian, Molly Jubitz, and local Lions liaison Diana Priessman. Following a recent planning meeting Ms. Wooley remarked, “I’m anxious to work with the library staff, the Friends of the Library board, and the Lions Club to create a special place for the Cedar Key children. I can’t wait to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they see their new library section designed especially for them.”
Following the Presentation Ceremony, Lions District Governor Masters will attend the local Lions Club membership dinner meeting at the Island Hotel. Masters will speak on topics of interest in the Lions International organization. Contact a Cedar Key Lions Club member for dinner reservations.