East KY school libraries need books

One wonders how long it will take eastern Kentucky to regain its footing after the floods that devastated the region over the past month.

And that’s a much more powerful statement than it first appears; It has been a month since the rains that caused the majority of the catastrophic floods fell on the eastern part of the Commonwealth.


Several records were broken.


Houses were destroyed.

And in Letcher County, there are schools that no longer have libraries.


Several requests have been posted on social media asking for book donations to restock the libraries of two elementary schools and a middle school in Letcher County.

While most Kentucky students are back in school for the 2022-23 school year, those in Letcher County are still waiting for the green light. The hope is to start the year in mid-September. If school started now – and I obviously can’t – these schools (at least the ones we know of) would have no books in their libraries.


So here’s what we can do to help these schools in Letcher County. If you would like to send books that would be suitable for elementary or middle school children, you can send them to:

Board of Education
752 Hazard Road.
Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858

Letcher County Superintendent Denise Yonts said 40 of her school’s 500 employees lost everything in the flooding.

Our hearts are broken but our minds are resilient. We will get through this and we will take care of our children. They are going to be better, we are all going to be better. We just have to remember that it’s temporary — Denise Yonts


Through it all, as school crews and employees work to exhaustion trying to start the school year at a reasonable time, all things considered, we can’t help but think about what what students face as they wonder what they’ll face when they return.

From a personal perspective, the libraries in the schools I attended in elementary and middle school were places I looked forward to visiting when I was a student.

You simply cannot have a school without a library. So let’s get busy and help restock those libraries.

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