JOICE, Iowa - At the end of September, flames consumed the public library in Joice in the midst of renovations.
In the wake of the fire, community members have been lending their support through monetary and book donations as city officials are working towards rebuilding.
After receiving an overwhelming amount of book donations, library staff are asking people to hold off due to limited space. The Farmers State Bank has been receiving and storing books until a temporary library is set up.
Diane Anderson is the former Joice librarian, and is amazed by all of the support.
"We've been fortunate to have a lot of support here, which is tremendous I would say. We've been lucky in that aspect."
And she's looking forward to the rebuilding process.
"We've got a lot of money that's already coming in. I'm sure it'll be fairly easy to raise the money I think. But we just need to get it going and get something else in place."
The library is encouraging monetary donations through the Farmers State Bank's Library Recovery fund at their Joice and Northwood locations, as well as through a GoFundMe account.
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