You'll recall the wildfires that devastated Bastrop in early September. Here are a couple pics along US 71 from when Cyn and I drove through later that month.
If anything, the photos understate the damage. That time of year, all the trees should be fairly lush and green.
It turns out that the Bastrop Public Library was hard hit: while the building itself didn't burn, many books were checked out and in children's homes which did burn down. So, the Friends of the Bastrop Public Library and the Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators are planning an outreach.
During the Bastrop Public Library Open House, to be held December 10, the Friends will be giving each child who attends two books, tied with a ribbon. In addition, the FRIENDS will be accepting monetary donations in pursuit of its mission to promote and advocate for the Bastrop Public Library.
To assist, the Austin SCBWI is collecting money and book donations for the giveaway, through December 8. Books can be anything from picture books to young adult novels.