When more than 15 tornados roared through north Texas on April 3, Arlington was one of the cities hit hard, with hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed. While homes can be rebuilt, and replacement clothes, furniture, and other items can be purchased, one thing that can’t be replaced is photographs. The memory may still be alive, but the image of that moment in time can’t be recreated.
The Arlington Public Library has come up with a way to help people who may have lost precious photographs to the unpredictable and devastating winds of those tornadoes: three branches, each located close to or within the hardest hit areas of the city, will be accepting found photographs, cleaning them, and making them available for reclamation.
If you’ve found photographs—whether directly in tornado debris, or even on the outskirts of the affected areas—you can take them to one of these participating library branches, with the hope of reuniting them with their owners:
- LakeArlington, 4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd., 817-478-3762
- Southwest, 3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. 817-459-6386
- Woodland West, 2837 W. Park Row Dr., 817-277-5265
If you were directly affected by the tornadoes, and photographs were among the thing you lost, you’ll be able to go to one of the libraries participating in the collection, and hopefully identify and reclaim the pictures. You’ll have to visit all three branches, and you may have to visit more than once, as more photos are discovered and turned in to the library.
Photographs may be dropped off, or searched, at the branches during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a service from the heart—giving even a small measure of “normalcy” to people who have suffered a tremendous loss. The library is about more than just books, it’s a vital member of the community.