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Bellmore Library Serves as Warming Center After Sandy

(Credit: Bellmore Memorial Library)
(Credit: Bellmore Memorial Library)
Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by representatives from the Bellmore Memorial Library.

Three days after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on Long Island, people of all ages, from all walks of life and from various surrounding towns sought shelter at the Bellmore Memorial Library.  

One of the first libraries in the area to reopen after Monday’s storm, the staff was pleased to welcome the hundreds of people who came into the library to get warm, charge their phones and laptops, check their emails, and to share their stories with one another.  

Aside from providing much needed disaster relief information, the library served coffee and cookies, showed movies and even set up an area where folks could follow the Presidential election.

At the request of several patrons, the library’s director and board of trustees kept the library open for extended hours over Veteran’s Day weekend so that that those who had been displaced would continue to have a “home base.”

Director Maureen Garvey was thrilled to see the library used as the community center she firmly believes it to be.  

Did you head to the Bellmore Library during the storm? Tell us in the comments below.

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Lyle Cogen November 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thank you to the Bellmore Library for providing a safe haven to our community. I was one of those people in the reference room at 10:00am.....keeping up with my business...my emails....trying to stay current and keep my own business things going. The Bellmore Library was a Godsend. The folks that work there, despite their own personal storm burdens, showed extraordinary kindness to each person that walked thru their doors. The Reference Desk was constantly helping people navigate through tumultuous waters, pun intended, giving advise on FEMA, et al... All of the folks that work there - I thank you. "In The Library After Sandy" (LyleCogen.) A woman whose face was red, eyes were red, voice was red, crying I was sad, sick, thinking of her pain. A man facing the computer, facing the wall, facing the window, In the third person. Some folks are chatty. Trading stories Sharing compassion. Those that cannot stop talking. This guy is from Glenn, that one from Shore, gathered, a respite People working, taking a test, resting in the warmth I laugh when the college kid who is studying is distracted A cell phone is ringing, another, The quiet room moved, albeit for a moment. Thank you for this warmth, this place, to just breathe. Community.

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