“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped the storm’s victims turn a new page. Librarians helped thousands of people fill out relief forms, connect to the Internet, and make plans to rebuild. The New Dorp Branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island wasn’t damaged during Sandy. But just a few blocks away, houses were inundated with as much as 16 feet of water. And days after the storm, many of the library’s patrons still lacked the most basic services.
“We even had people asking if they could use the restrooms to clean up a little bit,” says Barbara Byrne-Goldie, a librarian at New Dorp. “They still didn’t have running water, or hot water. So we came in very handy as community centers, that’s for sure.” (via NPR)