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Fondulac District Library Helps Residents Recover Lost Photos as Part of Storm Relief Effort

Fondulac District Library offers free digitalization of photos for central Illinois disaster victims

Prince Frederick,MD January 7, 2014

Fondulac District Library is offering free digitalization of photos and scrapbooks to disaster victims from any central Illinois community.

This past fall, central Illinois was ravaged by tornados and severe weather. East Peoria and the surrounding communities of Washington, Pekin, and Metamora were among the communities hit hard by the storm.

Residents of these areas suffered extreme damage and loss of personal items, prompting Fondulac District Library to step in and help with the recovery effort.

“Photos and scrapbooks are some of the most precious items people can have, and many families had all of their belongings, including family photos, computers, and cameras, damaged and destroyed by the storm,” said Genna Buhr, Fondulac District Library public services manager.

Using a copy stand and digital camera, volunteers will provide high-­‐resolution digital files at no charge to those who bring in damaged items.

As part of this effort, Fondulac District Library reached out to the community for donations of flash and USB drives for saving digital photo and scrapbook files. In response, Recorded Books, a library supplier of audiobooks, eBooks, and digital products, donated eight USB drives to assist with the effort.

“Fondulac District Library is going above and beyond to help ease the troubles of the central Illinois community disaster victims,” said William Schwarting, Recorded Books account manager. “Recorded Books is pleased that we could help further the library’s relief efforts in some small way.”

For more information, central Illinois residents can go to or speak with Fondulac District Library staff members.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books, LLC is a leading provider of library services around the world, one of the largest independent producer of unabridged audiobooks, and a distributor of other audio products. Recorded Books delivers its products as both physical media (CDs and Playaway digital players) and via OneClickdigital, a downloading service featuring eBooks and professionally narrated English-­‐ and Spanish-­‐language audiobooks for adults, children and young adults. Through RBdigital, Recorded Books also offers a host of educational and entertainment services, including digital magazines, language-­‐ learning programs, software training, and database services. Recorded Books is a division of Haights Cross Communications. For more information, visit

About Haights Cross Communications

Haights Cross Communications encompasses several top imprints that meet the diverse needs of every classroom and school and public library. Triumph Learning is the leading publisher of standards-­‐aligned, K–12 instructional materials and proven curriculum solutions—serving 21 st -­‐century learners with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts. Recorded Books delivers the highest quality recordings of unabridged literature, college lectures, language learning courses, digital magazines, and much more.