From KMOX, St. Louis:
The public library in Joplin escaped damage from a tornado that devastated the city, but the institution still lost thousands of dollars’ worth of items when residents couldn’t locate the books or DVDs they’d checked out or found the items were too badly damaged to be salvaged.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 items were lost, with an estimated value of $30,000, Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage said. And in the two months after the May 22 tornado, the library waived about $35,000 in fines and fees for residents trying to recover from the storm, The Joplin Globe reported.
None of the books damaged in the tornado that people brought in could be repaired, said Gage, because they had gotten wet and had become moldy. Some books also were returned with glass and pieces of drywall embedded in them.
“Some were brought in with mud and twisted covers,” she said. “If it went through the tornado, it was not salvageable.”
The library’s insurance company wasn’t helpful in that regard, she said. The policy from America First Insurance covers damage to materials that are inside the building, but not what has been taken outside the building.