Last week, librarian Andrea Duncan is headed down to Moore with seven boxes of children's books. The boxes include everything from picture books and easy readers to chapter books, board books and classics. Duncan collected the material from donations throughout the community. These donated items will be given to a book drive which will benefit the two elementary schools destroyed in the May 20 tornado.
“Collecting books seemed like a good fit for our library,” said Duncan. “The people in the Stillwater area are exceptionally generous in sharing books every year with our library and they were very generous this spring in sharing with the kids in Moore.”
The book drive, Moore Books for Moore Kids, is providing 500 books to each teacher in the effected schools to help them replenish their classroom collections. While the book collection process is now complete, the organization is now requesting volunteers to help sort the donated materials. The sorting will take place July 8-12 in Oklahoma City. People who are 16 or older are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a volunteer slot.
“Tons of book lovers, teachers, students and libraries are helping with this effort,” said Duncan. “The book community is strong, and it is reassuring to know our library would have the same type of support should anything similar happen to us.”