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.
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