BROOKPORT, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois community that
still is recovering from a deadly November tornado is asking for help paying the
monthly operating expenses of its cash-strapped library.
Brookport’s privately funded library received about $5,000
in damage during the Nov. 17 twister that killed three people near the roughly
1,000-resident Ohio River town.
But the building itself wasn’t destroyed.
“We are just so thankful to have been spared,” said Library
Board President Judy Askew.
Askew tells WSIL-TV that the group that oversees the
facility hopes members of the community will pitch in to help pay the site’s
$600 monthly operating costs.
“It’s up to us to find people and companies that are willing
to keep the doors open and the lights on,” Askew said.
She’s looking for 60 people who are each willing to
contribute $10 every month.
The library opened in 1991 and is run entirely by volunteers
and charges people $1 a year for a library card.
Askew said the library’s doors could close as early as
August without the extra help.
The November tornado that hit Brookport stayed on the ground
for about 11 miles and was one of about two dozen twisters that rolled across
Illinois that day.
Donations may be sent to the Brookport Library.
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