American Libraries has published a fantastic article about how the Queens Library in New York has responded to Hurricane Sandy. The library system is providing the types of services most folks would associate with libraries, such as being a resource for authoritative information about how to apply for emergency benefits, where prescriptions can be filled for those whose regular pharmacies were damaged or destroyed by the hurricane. In addition to providing information, library branches also became a hub for supplies, hot meals, emotional support, and fellowship. The full article is an absolutely wonderful read.
I absolutely love being a part of the library world.