Phil Campbell High School library gets generous contributions during recovery efforts

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PCHS librarian Sissy Moore goes through a box of donated books she just received from the Library of Congress. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – Four years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed Phil Campbell High School, school leaders are still trying to recover from the devastation.

A new school opened in September of last year, but it’s taking donations from other schools and organizations to fill the shelves in the library.

Cardboard boxes line the walls of the Phil Campbell High School library. They’re filled with books donated by groups wanting to help replace thousands of books destroyed in 2011.

“Without those donations I would have a pretty bare library at this point, because we lost a lot of books in the tornado,” stated Sissy Moore, the schools librarian.

She’s been tasked with building the library’s inventory back up from almost nothing.

Late last week Moore got a special delivery from Washington D.C. Through Congressman Robert Aderholt’s office, Phil Campbell High School received dozens of books from the Library of Congress.

“I use the Library of Congress a lot in my cataloging, and so when I got the information that they were going to send us some books I was just so excited,” explained Moore. “Because it’s always like Christmas to me when I open a new box of books that somebody has donated.”

Since the new school opened, she said more than 1,500 books have been donated. Moore said she’s overwhelmed by the generosity groups continue to show them after such a horrific tragedy.

People can continue to donate books to the Phil Campbell High School library. They have a real need for fictional books for older children.

You can contact the school directly for more information.