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Joplin library lost hundreds of books, DVDs in tornado

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 12:11 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — Although the Joplin Public Library was not hit by the May 22 tornado, the library lost thousands of dollars in books and DVDs that had been checked out before the storm.

Library director Jacque Gage said between 1,200 and 1,500 library items were lost. The books came from every section of the library, with the biggest losses in children's books, DVDs and adult fiction.

Gage estimated the items were valued at $30,000. And in the two months after the tornado, the library waived $35,000 in fines and fees related to the tornado.

The Joplin Globe reports that some people tried to return items, but the items were too wet or moldy to be repaired. Others had pieces of glass or drywall embedded in them.


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Missy McKenzie November 3, 2011 | 2:39 p.m.

Is there anyplace in Columbia to drop books off that will be sent to Joplin?

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Charesse James November 3, 2011 | 5:09 p.m.

Hello Missy,

What the AP article doesn't say is that the Joplin Public Library received a $42,000 grant this summer to replace the books lost during the tornado.

After calling the Joplin's library to see if they would still accept book donations, I was told by Phyllis Feesengood, head of Circulation, that both the public and school libraries received so many donations and they simply don't have the space for any additional books.

They thank the community for all the help they have received over the past few months and request that any additional donations be monetary, so that they can purchase books and other necessities they need in the future.

I hope this has helped.

- Charesse James, Columbia Missourian Community Outreach Team

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