On Jumping The Candlestick, I occasionally profile libraries that are recovering from disasters or difficult circumstances.
The Joplin Public Library building was not damaged by Sunday's devastating tornado, and throughout this past week the library has been open and serving the community as a place for information, internet access, and cell phone and laptop charging. But two library staff members were injured in the storm, and eight lost their homes. The Kansas City Public Library has an article about the Joplin library, as does ALA.
If would like to make a donation to help the library staff members who were affected by the tornado, you may mail a check, payable to "Joplin Publib Staff Relief Fund," to the Joplin Library Foundation at 300 South Main St., Joplin, MO 64801-2384.
To donate to general Joplin relief, please visit the Missouri American Red Cross page.