Grace Morris


Books. Internet. Life-Saving Shelter? Libraries, You've Done It Again.

Harvey and Irma showed us how much we need public libraries, especially in an emergency.

U.S. public libraries often transform into shelters during emergencies.

After Superstorm Sandy, for example, the Princeton Public Library in New Jersey and the New Canaan Library in Connecticut gave the public somewhere to charge devices, contact loved ones, or even just watch movies. Other New Jersey libraries went further: The Roxbury Public Library opened early and closed late, and South Orange’s library became its primary evacuation center.

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