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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