April 27, 2011 Tornado Damage to Pratt City Branch
Pratt City Branch in Birmingham likely a total loss

The storm in Alabama killed at least 250 people with hundreds still missing. According to Dena Luce, administrator for the Alabama Library Association, Pleasant Grove Library director Donna Sartain reported that Canatha Earley, a long-time board member and volunteer who was honored last year as a Library Champion, was among the victims. The award is bestowed each year by the Jefferson County Public Library Association.

Mitchell, the state librarian, said that among the libraries her staff had contacted, all staff members had been accounted for, although some had lost their homes.

The Pratt City Branch in Birmingham may have to be demolished, Renee Blalock, the library's director.

"It was in the direct path of the tornado and it's pretty much a total loss," she said. "We got all the books out, which by some miracle didn't get wet, and today we are removing furniture that's not busted up. But the roof is all done, the AC is blown all over the place, every window is broken, and a couple of walls are cracked," Blalock said.

Source: Library Journal - Alabama Libraries Report Heavy Damage from Recent Storms

By Michael Kelley May 2, 2011

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