Area residents that lost photos and other light documents in the tornado Nov. 17 may want to make a trip to the Morton Public Library.
The library is currently a drop-off point for various documents that are being found hundreds of miles away around Chicago, Morris and other locations.
"What we've done is sorted it all," Morton Public Library Director Janice Sherman said.
After the tornado, residents in Morris and the staff of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle started finding items from Morton in the fields and surrounding areas. After collecting as much as they could, Heather Binder, a volunteer, contacted the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce about the items, who reached out to the Morton Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber worked with the library to see about placing the items there for residents to come by and see if any documents belonged to them.
“We’re very glad to be chosen as a delivery point for this,” Sherman said.
Currently, items are being sorted by the library into four categories: photos with no identifying info, papers with no identifying info, pages from yearbooks and papers and photos with some identifying info.
“Even if it’s a hand-written recipe or a few pages of a cookbook, it could have sentimental value,” Sherman said.
The last category is being bagged by volunteers and alphabetized by last name for people to claim.
Sherman said the library hopes to put images of unidentified photos online for people to see if they are missing a photo that has been found.
People that are missing something can also call the library to see if any identified documents have been found.
Sherman said that while going through documents, some gave the name and address of where it was found.
The documents will be on display for the near future, when they will eventually be turned over to other groups for display or to try and find the owners.
“What we’re thinking is at some point, things will stop coming in,” Sherman said, adding that she expects documents to come in at least until January.
More documents are being sent to the library weekly, and the Streator Public Library is also being used as a collection point before transferring documents to Morton.