Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
The Jericho Public Library is a major hub of the community, and that certainly was true in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. No one has felt that more than library director Barbara Kessler. As soon as power was restored to the building on Friday, Nov. 2, she opened the library’s doors. The meeting room was set up with charging stations, warm drinks and refreshments. Computers and Wi-Fi service were available. Adult and children’s films were shown for entertainment as well.
Those without power came to charge their electronic devices, stay warm, work, talk to their neighbors and see a film. Jericho was particularly devastated. and power outages still remained more than two weeks later. In these times of profound change, the JPL helped lead the way. “Libraries are the mind and soul of their communities, and librarians the mind and soul of the library,”—American Library Association.