As you know, there was almost total destruction of the town of Paradise this past November. Most schools were destroyed along with their library collections. The public library is still standing, but the library collection is a total loss due to smoke damage. Under-resourced public school libraries in the Bay Area also need books for their students. You can make a difference by donating new and gently used books for toddlers, children and young adults to Project Cicero Bay Area. We will have drop-off boxes on both floors of the Mechanics’ Institute Library from Monday, February 25 until Friday noon, March 8. In 2018, MI Members and friends donated 200 new and gently used books.