Tray, a GED instructor in Queens:

Tray, a GED instructor in Queens:

“Arverne Library, though devastated by Hurricane Sandy, provides not just traditional library services to residents, but also computers and internet access, training on a wide variety of subjects, help on resume writing and finding a job, GED test preparation, and Microsoft certification. Perhaps [more funding] could help expedite the restoration of the building so that the staff and community can reestablish much-needed programming to a community still crippled by sandy.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

A resident of Staten Island:

A resident of Staten Island:

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Dorp Library staff sorted clothes and helped distribute food to community victims at a local relief center and also organized a financial relief workshop in the library itself.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

A parent in Brooklyn:

A parent in Brooklyn:

“When Hurricane Sandy occurred, the Kings Bay Library passed out vouchers for FEMA trying to be of assistance to those who lost homes and other valuable properties. They were trying to be of any assistance they could be.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Rebecca, in the Bronx:

Rebecca, in the Bronx:

“After the storm half of riverdale was without power, including my branch. My cellphone rang endlessly with calls from my team and the public asking when we could open. I believe that some people kept a watchful eye on the branch, because I received about ten calls telling me that the power was back on and that we could open. When we did open, my team and I welcomed our community with hot coffee, donuts, extra programs for bored children, smiles, outlets for charging devices, internet access, and free Wi-Fi.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

An immigrant in Brooklyn:

An immigrant in Brooklyn:

“People who were affected so badly by the hurricane as we were, came to the Sheepshead Bay Library to restore themselves, attending programs and workshops: art of writing for stress relief, express your emotions through writing, art of positive thinking, some of those programs for our children and not only in English, but Russian and Chinese languages as well.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Angela, an Artist in Brooklyn:

Angela, an Artist in Brooklyn:

“The Far Rockaway Branch was the center for a huge number of people in the Rockaways who were living without electricity, phone service and resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Not only did it function as a shelter and meeting point, but it was a food distribution center with more organization than any other center I found. There were lines around the block each day, and the library staff made sure all the food and supplies were divided into individual-sized portions and that the line moved in an orderly fashion. They not only knew what to do at the library, but they did it immediately and they did it right.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Catherine, a resident of Rockaway Beach, Queens:

Catherine, a resident of Rockaway Beach, Queens:

“What does the library do when a hurricane devastates the entire peninsula? Why you send in the Little Yellow School Bus! You wear your scarves and mittens in the cold and still do the job. At Christmas you bring stuffed animals, a balloon man, and books to keep children reading. You set up a clothing table and direct people to hot food services, start children’s programs, put out games, and help with forms for FEMA. And you do this six days a week for months while the community begins to recover.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Bernard, an artist in Harlem, Manhattan:

Bernard, an artist in Harlem, Manhattan:

“This library has been a sanctuary for many Harlem Residents. I belong to a book club: The Harlem Literary Society. I also enjoy programming of artists and playwrights. The art displayed in the main reading area is gorgeous.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Andrew, a former Brooklyn resident:

Andrew, a former Brooklyn resident:

“Once a week, my mother and I would walk to the Stone Avenue branch to borrow Barbar, Madeline, and other assorted children’s books. Those visits made me become addicted to the smell of library, to books, and to amassing information in general. I am currently a professor in the CUNY system. I owe it all to these beginnings.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.