KC Groups Ply Portable Libraries to Joplin Area
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City group has presented handcrafted portable libraries to two Joplin area elementary schools heavily damaged in the May tornado.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/uCKHG7 ) that the Kansas City volunteers presented 22 of the libraries to the Emerson and Irving elementary schools Monday. Both schools sustained major damage and lost most of their supplies in the tornado. Each portable library is made from wood and hinged to open and close like giant books and comes with 65 new books.
The idea for the rolling libraries was spearheaded by a librarian from the Kansas City Public Library. The libraries were built by members of the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild and painted by artists from Hallmark to look like popular children's books. Organizers also raised enough money to buy the books.