Save the Date! Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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Press shot for Biblioball 2009: Baby It’s Cold Outside

As posted in Flavorpill: “New York’s favorite librarian collective returns to the Bell house for their annual bash to help benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Every year The Desk Set fills the room with bespectacled folks who dance the night away, leading up to the midnight raffle that has featured prizes from books to new bikes. This year, 50% of all the raffle’s proceeds will go towards Urban Librarians Unite’s Sandy Children’s Book Relief Fund, so basically everything you do at the Biblioball helps out somebody who needs it. Also DJ sets from DJ Duane Harriott, Brian Blackout, John XI, Marty McSorley, and Mikey Post, a photo-booth, and lots of librarians. Seriously, what more could you ask for?”

When: Saturday Dec 8, 2012 (8pm–midnight)
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn
See you on the dance floor!

Sandy Children’s Book Relief

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Reposted from ULU’s website:

The libraries in some areas of New York City were hard hit by the storm and many communities which we serve have been devastated. There are a number of libraries in Queens which have suffered extensive damage and whose collections have been wiped out. When libraries are flooded the books on the low shelves (where little hands can reach them) get hit the worst. Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is calling on our friends and supporters to help us build a new collection of materials for NYC libraries as well as putting books directly into the hands of young victims of this storm.

All donations of new and good quality used books should be sent to:
Urban Librarians Unite
45-06 Queens Blvd
Suite 120
Sunnyside, NY 11104

If you are unable to send books we are taking monetary donations to help us with the Children’s Book Relief and with setting up Volunteer Library Brigade teams in the disaster zone. Please make a note that you are contributing to Sandy Relief efforts when you make your donation at http://urbanlibrariansunite.org/support-ulu/donations/.

These young people have active minds which need something to focus on amid this chaos. Relocated families are forced to live in close quarters and are bored and stressed. Help us to give children a distraction and some joy in these troubling times. If you have questions or would like to help please contact urbanlibrariansunite@gmail.com

THIS WEEKEND: BPL Warming Center and Uni Pop-Up Library Come to Red Hook

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TODAY 11/9/12: The Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street) will act as a Warming Center from 10AM – 8PM (and hopefully again next week and/or until power is restored fully in the area). Food and warm drinks will be available. AT&T is providing free Wi-Fi service on Friday (BPL’s computers and wifi have been impacted by the storm). For more information, please visit http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/hurricane#warmingcenter and/or NYC.gov’s Warming Center page.

Uni Project attracting young readers in Corona Plaza, Queens. Photo: http://www.theuniproject.org/about/locations/

The Uni Project will deploy in Red Hook this Sunday (11/11/12) alongside a field hospital, a food truck, and other mobile solutions for residents which are staged in Coffey Park in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library. BPL staff did advance work for their visit as part of their own efforts to serve Red Hook, which included a recent opening of branches as warming stations.

The Uni Project will be at Coffey Park from 12PM-4PM, and the weather looks to be sunny, clear, and even warm. A good day to step outside and experience a library.

Brooklyn Public Library Hurricane Sandy Relief FAQ

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The following is a list of items that are continuously needed. Donated supplies will be collected and dropped-off to local community partners throughout Brooklyn, who will distribute them to individuals in need. The Red Hook branch will also distribute limited supplies. Supplies will be collected through Friday, November 23. Visit http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/only-bpl/hurricane-sandy-relief-faq for further information!:

  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable Foods (baby formula, canned foods)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all sizes
  • New blankets (comforters/sleeping bags)
  • New towels and wash cloths
  • New unopened packages of socks, thermals & underwear
  • Hygiene Products (baby wipes, diapers, & sanitary napkins)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, disposable wipes, razors, shaving cream soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, antibacterial hand sanitizer)
  • Contractor garbage bags & heavy-duty extension cords
  • Cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, wipes, sprays, gloves)

Currently BPL is only accepting donations at the following locations:

Thank you to everyone who has donated goods and volunteered their time! So many folks remain without heat and electricity; there is still much work to be done…

UPDATE: The Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street) will act as a Warming Center from 10AM – 8PM today, Friday 11/9/12 (and hopefully, continuously until power is restored fully in the area). Food and warm drinks will be available. AT&T is providing free Wi-Fi service on Friday (BPL’s computers and wifi have been impacted by the storm). For more information, visit http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/hurricane#warmingcenter and/or NYC.gov’s Warming Center page.

Queens Library Disaster Recovery Resources

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Outreach services to devastated areas in south Queens were launched Friday with a Book Bus service in front of Queens Library at Peninsula at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway, offering free power access for people who needed to recharge their cell phones and electronics, as well as assistance and information for those who will be applying for emergency housing, FEMA grants and other assistance. Staff are being trained in assisting patrons in applying for FEMA grants (FEMA will not be accepting paper applications and libraries will dedicate computer terminals specifically for that purpose beginning next week.) Today, Children’s story-times were held in shelters for families displaced by the storm. Food, water, blankets, baby formula, diapers, batteries and other supplies were, and will continue to be available at all sites (while supplies last; and people should bring their own bags to carry their food and water.)

Please go to www.queenslibrary.org/hurricanesandy for the most up-to-date information.

NYC Libraries Situation Post-Sandy

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Looks like Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the public libraries’ websites, or else they’ve been temporarily shutdown to minimize damage from the hurricane.  Some items to note:

Per Brooklyn Public Library’s Facebook fan page, for today 11/1/12: Most Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) locations, including Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, will be open from 10 AM – 5 PM today, Thursday, November 1. The following branches will NOT be open this week: Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Jamaica Bay, Kensington, McKinley Park, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay. Fines will not accrue at this time.

Most Queens Library branches will resume their normal schedules on Friday, November 2., but branches in low-lying areas (Arverne, Broad Channel, Peninsula and Seaside) will remain closed, temporarily, while extensive repairs are made. Fines and fees will be waived from October 29 through November 5, 2012.

New York Public Library remains closed today, 11/1/12. Per their website: “The New York Public Library has sustained virtually no structural damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy; any minor damage was repaired very quickly by the Library’s Facilities team. As a result, 62 branches (including six that are not open on Nov. 1) will be open on November 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are proud that we can open our doors and serve the various needs of New Yorkers, but please note, due to power outages, services will vary location to location. For example, patrons may not be able to check out items or pick up holds.” Contact ASK-NYPL for more information.