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(Visit the Joplin Schools tornado information website for more information on this event.)

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 the community of Joplin was hit by a devastating EF-5 tornado.  Several area schools were significantly damaged or destroyed by this storm.  Almost half of the Joplin School District's 8,000 students live in the area damaged by the tornado.  Seven Joplin students and one Joplin Schools staff member were lost in the storm.

Many MASL members and professional colleagues from across the country have expressed a desire to help Joplin librarians and their schools rebuild.  Below, please find information on how you can help.  MASL encourages you to share this information with family, friends and professional colleagues.  


During the first week of August members from MASL's regions assisted the Joplin Schools librarians in preparing their libraries for the start of school.  More than 50 members volunteered their time and expertise throughout the week.  At this time there are no volunteer opportunities through MASL, however as the Association becomes aware of volunteer opportunities they will be publicized.

Click here to view an article from the School Library Journal about these volunteers.

Donate Funds

Mackin Educational Resources has graciously set up a fundraising site for the Joplin librarians.  100% of funds raised will be given to librarians who lost their libraries, and the librarians will have complete discretion over what they purchase through Mackin with these funds: books, ebooks, online databases, and more.  Additionally, Mackin will ship their items free of charge, and the items will arrive cataloged to the librarians' specifications, and Mackin will match 10% of every $100 donated.

To donate to Mackin's Joplin Funds4Books fundraiser, please click here.  Click on the Joplin donation button on the bottom of the page.  

MASL invites you to place a link to the Joplin Funds4Books website on your school, business or other webpage.

Easygift Donation Program

Davidson Titles, Inc. would like to offer the EasyGift donation program as a way to help rebuild the Joplin Public School libraries. We have set a fundraising goal of $50,000 district-wide, and Davidson Titles, Inc. will match 20% of all funds raised. 100% of all funds raised will be distributed to make purchases.

Librarians may make selections at their discretion using these funds. Davidson Titles will ship them free of charge and shelf-ready based on the specifications given.

You may also donate by check made payable to:

Davidson Titles, Inc.
Attn: EasyGift Code EEC41
PO Box 3538

Jackson, TN 38303-3538

Donate Directly to the Joplin Schools
Visit the Joplin School District's donation website to learn how you can donate directly to the Joplin Public Schools

Donate Books

Books can be mailed to:

Attn: Debbie Heim/Library
Memorial Education Center
310 West 8th St.
Joplin, MO 64801

Bound to Stay Bound Books is donating, free of charge, current popular to the Joplin Public Schools which received significant damage or were completely destroyed.  The books will be provided when the schools are ready to receive them. 

Rainbow Book Company is providing books for all ages to the Joplin School District, including books for Spanish-speaking students.

Other Ways to Help

Organize a Kids4Kids Fundraiser at Your School
Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has created a Missouri Kids Helping Missouri Kids relief effort (Click here for a flyer.).  MO DESE is asking Missouri students to each donate $1 to send to Joplin children affected by the tornado.  Donations will help buy clothes, blankets, pillows, shoes and more.  Checks should be made payable to "Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund" and can be sent to:

Kim Vann
Joplin Public Schools
North Middle School
Joplin, MO 64801

Organize a Raffle
Hickman High School is holding a raffle to benefit the Joplin High School Media Center as they rebuild and restock their library. The prize is a huge three-sided Harry Potter display. They will collect tickets from now until June 30th.  Please click here to view the raffle flyer and here to download a sheet of raffle tickets.

Donate Needed Services
Learn360 is providing their video streaming service to the Joplin School District for free during the upcoming school year.

Organize a Trivia Night
Several schools across the state have organized trivia nights to benefit the Joplin School District.

Visit the AASL's website to view other resources pertaining to assisting Joplin schools.

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