As the center of their communities, Suffolk County Public Libraries provide a place for warmth, entertainment, camaraderie, entertainment and access to computers and wireless for locals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. Many local libraries are going the extra mile to help residents in this difficult time.
Since October 29 many Suffolk residents have been without power. Local libraries offer essential services to its patrons in emergencies, providing more than just a heated and well-lit public spot. The Shelter Island Public Library extended its usually hours from Wednesday through Friday by opening two hours early each day and staying open two hours later on Wednesday. In addition, patrons can access wifi 24 hours a day from the Library’s reading patio, porch, parking lot and memorial benches. The East Islip Public Library and Islip Public Library also extended their hours to serve patrons. The East Hampton Public Library served coffee while the Cutchogue Library served tea. The Bridgehampton Public Library has allowed patrons to set up their home desktop computers. The Mastics Moriches Shirley Public Library served hot chocolate, coffee and tea, waived all overdue fines, ran movies all day long, and is helping those that need information or instructions on filing forms online with FEMA, banks, and insurance companies.
Your local library is a valuable source for helping you get through the inconvenience of Hurricane Sandy. Please stop by and take advantage of its resources, including asking a librarian any questions you may have about how the library can assist you during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.