Iowa Libraries, Pets

Whenever disasters strike, I immediately wonder what’s happening to the libraries and pets in the area.

On Friday, Library Journal posted an interview with Marie DeVries of Cedar Rapids Public Library. Astoundingly, despite heavy damage to the library’s main branch, the staff has managed to continue their summer reading program in temporary quarters (a shoe store!). Other staff members are working at a 24 hour crisis hotline.

In Des Moines, the central library has become the city’s emergency management center. Even the city’s tv station has been broadcasting from inside the library.

As for the pets, the National Geographic reports that 875 have been rescued and are being cared for by volunteers. (Photo from “Franny’s Cats Blog” on

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