Remember the series of rain storms we had back in early June? What might have seemed like an endless few days of gloom to New Yorkers meant real flooding damage at one of our Books for Kids libraries in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn. For those of you not in the New York Metro area, May and June 2013 brought numerous flash floods and record amounts of rainfall to our area. WHAT HAPPENED? These storms caused incredible flooding to the Cypress Hills Library, significantly harming the bookshelves, the floor, and the ceiling and walls. We are raising money to pay for repairs of the major damage suffered by this library. We are working to help Cypress Hills as quickly as possible so that the children have a safe environment to enjoy.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Your contribution will be used to achieve the following repairs...
Sheet rock and insulation removal: $500
Pointing of bricks and painting pipes with rust preventive paint: $1,500
Removal of six layers of floor tiles: $1,500
Replacement of floor beams with pressure treated wood: $2,500
Re-tile floor and baseboards: $2,500
Replacement of sheet rock with moisture resistant sheet rock and add vapor barrier: $1,000
Clean mold and paint all ceiling tiles: $500
Prime and paint entire library: $700
Removal of all debris: $300
ABOUT CYPRESS HILLS CHILDCARE: Cypress Hills Child Care Corp serves 74 children, ages 2.5-5 years old, 100% of whom live below the Federal Poverty Level. Because of the high need in this community for access to books and literacy programs, Books for Kids built a library there in 2002.
ABOUT BOOKS FOR KIDS: The mission of Books for Kids is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements with literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. To find out more, visit www.booksforkids.org.