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Dec. 24--NORFOLK -- Three tractor-trailers loaded with books have begun to head south to replenish libraries destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

A book drive organized by Ann Baldwin, a member of the Norfolk Rotary Club, resulted in the donation of more than 125,000 books since November. Baldwin said 13 schools participated, as well scout troops, churches and hundreds of individuals. Word spread across the state.

"People were excited to be a part and make their own contribution," Baldwin said.

The drive was so successful that Baldwin has stopped accepting books.

Two trucking companies, Estes Express Lines and Givens Inc., have donated space to transport the books south, where they will line shelves in public and school libraries.

Baldwin plans to make a trip south in January to see the libraries she helped fill.

"It's very exciting," she said. "So many people have taken this whole thing to heart. We've gotten beautiful brand new books."

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