Disaster Strikes in Joplin, KC Answers the Call for Help
Our heart goes out to those survivors of the Joplin, Missouri tornado. Much of the city is devastated, and the number of dead and injured continues to rise. The city has effectively shut down, with most businesses and schools closed or collapsed. One beacon of hope in all the suffering is Joplin Public Library. Their main branch was left unscathed, and they have bravely opened their doors every day this week.
On May 22, 2011, an F5 tornado, over a mile wide, tore a 6 mile long path through the south side of Joplin, MO changing lives forever. The Liberty Branch has teamed up with the Salvation Army & the MOMs Club of Liberty to help donate what we can to help those recovering from this horrific storm.
Tammy the Traveling Librarian Reporting: The First Day Of School In Joplin
The beginning of the school year is always a hectic time. But what if over 50% of your schools were unusable, and more than 50% of the student population was displaced? Believe it or not, though the tornadoes hit Joplin in May (there were 4 vertices), school started on August 17th. All students have been located, and temporary facilities have been found. For example, juniors and seniors in high school will meet in a warehouse behind a shopping mall, and they will use laptops containing their textbooks – so no more heavy backpacks!