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Alto ISD librarian turns damaged book room into a mobile library

When a tornado damaged her library, Jay Anna Davis refused to let the storm prevent students from getting the books and resources they need from her.

ALTO, Texas —

In April, Alto suffered perhaps its darkest day when two tornadoes cut a path of destruction through the city damaging homes, businesses and even schools.

"This ceiling flooded many times and I did not want to take the risk of losing any more books," Alto ISD librarian Jay Anna Davis said. "We're just kind of making due with what we have."

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Despite the storm, Davis was determined to give her kids the best experience possible when visiting the library. Even though the district's library is still damaged, she makes it her daily mission to provide books to students.

Davis has been a librarian for more than a decade with the district. Throughout the years she has enjoyed seeing young faces come into to her library to learn. Currently, the damage has put a halt on students' ability to visit the book-filled room.

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"I knew that the students were not going to be able to come directly to me, to the library," Davis said. 

That is why Davis started a "mobile library." She takes the joy of reading directly to students by rolling her cart from class to class all over the district's campuses to provide books to anyone who wants to read. 

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She continues her mobile library in addition to going to classes to read to children, leading discussions and checking out books. What is most important to Davis is that children still have the resources they need, even in the aftermath of the April tornadoes.

"I know there are some children that don't have very many experiences outside of this town, and I think a book can always give that to them," Davis explained.

She says she hopes the library will be remodeled by January of next year.