Public Library Association stands with Nashville in wake of tornado

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/03/2020


Larra Clark

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is deeply saddened at news of the devastating impact of last night’s deadly tornado in Nashville and central Tennessee. Nashville Public Library locations are closed today, except for polling locations. PLA is reaching out to Nashville library leaders to see how the association can best support the library and its community in the coming days.

“We are hearing from public library workers across the country sharing our sorrow at this disaster in the wake of an incredibly vibrant PLA 2020 national conference,” said PLA President Ramiro Salazar. “More than 8,700 people enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the city and the Nashville Public Library. It is truly incomprehensible to see the destruction after we experienced so many wonderful interactions, meals, music and learning last week.”

Nashville media are reporting ways that people may assist the local community, including through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

PLA also will capture and share all the well wishes we have received on behalf of the library and its community in the coming weeks.


The Public Library Association ( is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA offers professional development opportunities, unique public library initiatives and a conference that welcomes public library staff into meaningful partnership. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.