Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Though the traditional and obviously simplistic definition of a public library is a collection of information sources, resources, books, and services, the wider meaning is certainly a sanctuary of community and healing for those in need. Rarely was this more apparent than after Hurricane Sandy when the New York and New Jersey public libraries became a refuge for the those without power, heat and in many cases, a home. The fact that the libraries themselves were damaged in the storm was more of a back story but unfortunately, a real one. As they continue to reel from the effects of the storm, the staff are often struggling to provide essential library services.