October 31, 2014

Queens To Replace Library That Served As Emergency Center During Hurricane

FR Snohetta

The Far Rockaway branch of the New York’s Queens Public Library took its status as a community center to a new level last year when it served as an aid center and emergency supply depot for residents in the seaside community that was harder hit than most by Hurricane Sandy. The library’s role in providing disaster relief put long-standing plans to replace the branch on the fast track. Earlier this month, officials released the plans for a new branch that they think can cement the library’s newfound place as a neighborhood anchor.

Urban Librarians Unite Plants Mini Libraries, Plans Conference

ULU mini library at Brooklyn Public Library's closed Red Hook branch

  Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) collected more than 20,000 children’s books to help replace library collections damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The library advocacy and support group, founded by 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker Christian Zabriskie, also placed Mini Libraries in front of libraries that were closed by storm damage. Locations include Queens Library branches in […]

New York City Libraries Relatively Unscathed; New Jersey Still Taking Stock

After the storm, the door count doubled at the Piscataway, NJ Public Library.

(This story was last updated at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 8) As New York City public transportation crawls back to life and New Yorkers struggle to resume their lives after Sandy, those seeking refuge–or simply reading materials–will be able to plug in and warm up at 88 of the New York Public Library (NYPL)’s 90 […]

A Note from LJ/SLJ to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Dear friends, The entire team at Library Journal and School Library Journal extends our deepest sympathy to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Due to power outages and a compromised transportation system across the New York area, our offices in downtown Manhattan remain closed. […]