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For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

“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)

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Five Brooklyn libraries hit hard by Sandy still closed –  and will cost $10 million for building repairs and books

“Five Brooklyn libraries severely damaged by Sandy are still shuttered nearly a month after the storm – and will cost unprecedented millions to get back up and running. “We were hurt,” said Brooklyn Public Library VP of strategic planning Jeanette Moy. “But we are leveraging every asset we have and every partnership that’s possible to bring services back to the community.” The repairs will cost an estimated $10 million in total, BPL officials said. That includes massive structural repairs and replacing 75,852 books, magazines and DVDs that were ruined by flood waters.”

via NY Daily News

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After Storm Destruction, Rockaway Libraries Help Keep Community Afloat

“It was the little things, the sudden absence of everyday fixtures, that disoriented residents in the Rockaways in the days after the storm, as much as the loss of house and home. The traffic lights had gone dark. Where was one to get a prescription filled? And oh, what about books due at the library? The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there — if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch. Days after the storm laid waste to four Queens Borough Public Library branches in the Rockaways, a colorful mobile library bus has hummed just outside its former location on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, offering warmth, power outlets, emergency information and books.”

via NY Times

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