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The Library of Congress, working in conjunction with the staff of Sean Duffy helped to replenish the book supply at UW-Superior.
The Jim Dan Hill Library was hit hard by the summer flood of 2012 and 200,000 books and documents were damaged at JDHL. Campus wide damage is estimated at $23 million dollars.
The 7th District Representative helped to unload boxes that contained approximately 500 books that came from the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has a surplus book program that is open to eligible organizations and institutions. The guiding principle behind the program is to build library collections.
Duffy said he was happy to play a small part in the program. "When I see a flood that devastates a library like this, a library that is so crucial to higher education, the cost to replenish a library is substantial, and I think any help that we can provide to defray that cost is important. This plays well into the needs of the University of Wisconsin-Superior."
As for the impact the program can have on the current and future students, Duffy said, "My hope is that they have a well-functioning library and that their education is not hurt, because of the flood that took place here last year. My hope is that students can step on this campus and have a functioning library that works well for them that they have access to all the different resources that they can get."
The director of the Jim Dan Hill Library, Deb Nordgren and her staff were excited to get a look at the books after they were dropped off.
Following that event on campus, Congressman Duffy took part in the Coffee with the Congressman program in the YU Café with about 100 people in attendance. Rep. Duffy talked with constituents in the area about important issues and he answered a wide variety of topics during his 75 minute program with members of the community on hand.
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