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Illinois library tries to rebuild after tornadoes

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 9:38 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — A central Illinois library is trying to piece together its collection of books, DVDs and other material that were damaged or destroyed during November's tornadoes.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports officials still aren't sure how many items that were loaned out were lost in the storms.

Library Director Randall Yelverton figures at least $10,000 in material was destroyed, including "the most popular books" that are frequently checked out by patrons.

A powerful tornado destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Washington, a town of about 15,000 people 10 miles from Peoria.

Yelverton says he understands returning library items is a low priority for people who are trying to rebuild their homes and says the facility isn't fining anyone for late returns.

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