The devastation to Galveston Island by Hurricane Ike has been oddly little-covered in the media (not just national media -- we really haven't heard much in Austin). But Ike took out the entire first floor of Galveston's Rosenberg Library (the first library in Texas), which housed their children's library, among other things (although their historical collections seem okay). Please consider making a contribution to the rebuilding effort.
Or, you can go to the web site of TLA's Texas Library Relief Fund and Take a Chance on Art: buy a raffle ticket for Don Tate's portrait study (for an upcoming picture book) of jazz great Duke Ellington. To learn more, read interviews with TLA librarian Jeanette Larson and illustrator Don Tate.