November 2012


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I Love NJ Libraries: Hurricane Sandy

We hope this e-news finds you safe and sound after Hurricane Sandy.  In place of our regular e-news, I Love NJ Libraries has decided to share with you some of the positive stories that have come out of this difficult time in New Jersey, resources for those still recovering, and ways to help people and libraries stay “Jersey Strong” after the storm.    

NJ Libraries a Haven in Storm Aftermath

As soon as they could open their doors post-storm, libraries through out New Jersey (such as Hillsdale Public Library, pictured left)  became a refuge for thousands of residents without power or heat. Many libraries went above and beyond, extending hours, offering free coffee and tea to warm up patrons, and providing charging stations for phones, computers and medical devices.

While most visitors came to get out of the house and warm up, many stopped by to contact FEMA, file insurance claims and find out local information from each other, like where to get ice or gasoline. Between Tuesday and Friday after the storm, Princeton Public Library (pictured below, left) saw over 19,000 visitors. Learn more...

New Jerseyans Thank Libraries


Stories, photos and thank yous have been coming in from all over the state about New Jersey libraries and Sandy. Tiara, a Piscataway, N.J. resident, recently expressed her gratitude to the Piscataway Public Library  (pictured above, right) after the storm: 

“When we found the library is there to help me and others like me as a charging center and internet, it was a blessing and joy.  I was here in the library to stay warm and get to know what is going on around us.  I was also able to charge the battery for my nebulizer which allowed me to stay out of the emergency room.  Thanks to Piscataway for helping us in this difficult time.” 

See more stories and images…

Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries

In response to numerous requests, the New Jersey Library Association has created a way for those in New Jersey and all across the country to donate to the Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries Fund.

All monies will be distributed to affected New Jersey libraries once more assessment is completed. Learn more…


Resources for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Need information to help your family or small business recover from Hurricane Sandy?  Your library is here to assist you. 

Visit your local library for info on:

  • Applying for assistance from FEMA
  • Local resources for food, shelter and supplies
  • Replacing important documents
  • Disaster unemployment assistance
  • Help for small businesses
  • Where to volunteer
  • Helping families cope

You can also visit the websites of the Ocean County Library and the Newark Public Library for online resources.




This newsletter and the I Love NJ Libraries website are initiatives of the New Jersey Library Association.