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Community Libraries Serve as “Shelters” Following Hurricane Irene

Patch – “As communities through New Jersey cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, many public libraries opened Monday morning or as soon as they could open their doors to become a “port in the storm” for local residents. Libraries across the state report more visitors than usual and others mentioned “we are seeing new faces who are not regular library visitors”. With many homes and local business without electricity, telephone, cable and Internet connections, the town public library is packed with people young and old using library computers, library Wi Fi capability and charging up devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPads and more. Some people have even shown up to plug in electric razors or curling irons”

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