Joplin update

This week I'll be sending two important items--the framed photo to Lynette and a check to the Joplin Public Library.

Here's some communication from Pam Klipsch, director of the Jefferson County Library.

From Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage the following update:

We are OVERWHELMED by the support we have been shown. I thought that maybe a couple hundred dollars would come in, but I sold the library family short. To date, we have received right around $16,000. We've distributed over $12,000 and are having a meeting today to make another distribution of what came in over the weekend.

(When I talked to Jacque at a library meeting two weeks ago, she said it never occurred to her that ALA and the library world outside the state would be concerned about what happened to employees of a small town library in southern Missouri. I told her that her "library family" was a lot bigger than she knew.)

You can send donations to the Joplin Public Library Staff Relief Fund c/o Jacque Gage, Joplin Public Library, 300 South Main Street, Joplin MO 64801.

Yes, please, if you would like to help the Joplin Public Library, please do not hesitate. Here is more:

Joplin is struggling to recover. The death toll now stands at 153, and about 7,000 people in a town of 49,000 are looking for temporary housing. Many survivors are suffering from anxiety and stress as they try to put the pieces of their lives back together.

The Joplin Public Schools, suffered severe damage to many school buildings, including the high school. They are working incredibly hard to go forward with summer school programs, and to get ready for school to start in temporary quarters on August 17, in order to provide some sense of normalcy for the kids. About half of their students lived in the area hit by the tornado.

The people of Joplin will be in my thoughts repeatedly as I watch them rebuild from such tragedy.

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