Books-A-Million to Raise Funds for Flood-Damaged Libraries on July 16

10 percent of all Books-A-Million bookfair transactions will
be donated to the West Virginia Library Commission for the refurbishment
and replenishment of libraries that were destroyed in recent flooding

CLENDENIN, W.V.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BooksAMillion–The flooding disaster that recently hit portions of southern West
Virginia has devastated countless homes, businesses and community
centers. Clendenin and Rainelle, two towns that were hit
especially hard by the floodwaters, are now undergoing the recovery and
rebuilding process. Joining in on the relief efforts, Books-A-Million
is working hard to help Clendenin and Rainelle public libraries become
functional again. On Saturday, July 16, up to 20 percent
of sales at all West Virginia store locations will be donated to the West
Virginia Library Commission
for the refurbishment and replenishment
of libraries that were destroyed in flooding.

“It is a company standard of Books-A-Million to provide a warm and
genuine atmosphere to our customers,” said Anne-Marie Johnson, general
manager of the Beckley Books-A-Million. “Many of our customers are also
library patrons, and the partnership between Books-A-Million and local
libraries has always been very natural. For many of our customers –
particularly in outlying areas – the library is the closest resource for
not only books, but also educational courses, local history, children’s
activities, and computers for the public’s use. We are very focused on
assisting them during this crucial time of need.”

At this time, the damaged libraries are unable to accept donations of
physical books due to the lack of storage space.

“I am told the library windows in Clendenin were completely broken by
the flood waters, and they are still assessing the total dollar amount
of the damage and collection lost,” said Johnson. “The estimated damaged
in Rainelle is upwards of $25,000 just in book costs alone. That does
not include the building, furnishings and computer equipment.”

“It really just makes you sick to look at how much damage was done,”
said Loretta Jones, Rainelle Library Board President. With regards to
the fundraiser, Jones stated that, “From the bottom of our hearts, we
really appreciate it, and it brings tears to my eyes.”

Books-A-Million has 10 store locations throughout West Virginia,
including Barboursville, Bluefield, Beckley, Charleston Southridge and
Town Center, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Bridgeport, Wheeling and

For more ways to assist in southern West Virginia flood relief efforts,


Books-A-Million, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the second
largest chain of bookstores in the United States. Books-A-Million got
its start in 1917 as a magazine stand in Florence, Alabama and now
operates over 250 stores in the 32 states as well as an online store at
While Books-A-Million’s presence has grown, the goal has remained the
same: to serve each community with the best selection of books, toys,
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