The Tornado and Its Aftermath
The ULC community extends support and sympathy to our colleagues at the Pioneer Library System in the Oklahoma City area. As of Thursday, May 23, phone service has been restored to the Moore Library with internet connections expected shortly.
On Tuesday, Library Director Anne Masters reported that, "We watched in terror as the tornado made its way along the path one mile south of the South Oklahoma City Library and about a block south of the Moore Public Library where 54 people were sheltering from the storm. We were so relieved when they were passed, but others were not so fortunate. In addition, our friend and Board Member Steve Eddy is City Manager of the City of Moore and our hearts break for him and for his wife who is Director of the Red Cross as we think of all they are seeing and dealing with."
At least nine staff members of Pioneer Library System sustained total loss or major damage to their homes. The Library has established a fund which will be administered by the PLS Foundation to provide financial support to them. To find more information and make a contribution visit this page.
For the community, PLS has posted extensive information on assistance and referral sources on its website as well as a list of books and other materials that can be shared with children to help them understand and cope with their community's tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma.