ROUND LAKE, Ill. — Residents in a northern Chicago suburb are donating books to the local school district after it lost two libraries in a summer flood.
The Round Lake Area School District said it has received at least 100,000 books so far to stock new libraries at Murphy and Ellis elementary schools.
“The flooding caused destruction to personal belongings, homes and schools, but no natural disaster will destroy our community’s resolve to come together and rebuild,” said state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake.
Both schools lost their entire collections during storms on July 12 that flooded several classrooms and destroyed computer rooms. Along with damage at Round Lake Beach Elementary School, the total loss from the floods was estimated at $3 million.
Superintendent Connie Collins said a number of portable classrooms will be used to start of the school year on Aug. 21
“We’re excited we will keep the students at their home school,” Collins said. “Out of our 540 students at Murphy, we have a lot of walkers, so this allows them to continue to come to their home school.”
Collins said the facilities will be rebuilt as upgraded learning spaces instead of libraries. She said the learning spaces will be designed to promote collaborative learning.
“We are going to turn this into 21st century learning environments,” Collins said.
District officials hope to have the facilities revamped by October.