Hero Librarians

NPR’s Morning Edition today reports on the role libraries play during natural disasters, as part of their series on public libraries.

The story  features the many ways  NYPL helped residents during Hurricane Sandy.

The story notes a service that will be familiar to everyone in the profession. Librarians not only helped with practical issues, like handing out coats and showing people how to fill out emergency forms, but they also acted as “defacto therapists,” to those who need a sympathetic ear.

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