2013-01-11 / Community

Library Hurricane Relief Lab Opens

The Far Rockaway Branch of the Queens Public Library is now offering help to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The library, located at 1637 Central Avenue, is offering a Hurricane Relief Open Lab to assist individuals navigating the online world of post-Sandy relief processes.

“We offer this on laptops in our auditorium room, so there’s no time limit. And there’s some privacy as well,” said the Library’s Sara Medlicott, who works directly with the program.

“There’s always a library staff person to help people who aren’t as adept at computers,” she added.

The Lab is open from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) through March 25.

Participants may use the computers and printers to apply for and check the status of FEMA claims, disaster unemployment assistance and file insurance claims.

Said Medlicott, “We’re part of the Job Readiness and Computer Training program,” which normally offers workshops in Word, Excel and other computer program skills.

“We wanted to try and meet some really basic needs and use the technology. Everybody is welcome. We’re happy to help in any way we can.”

Computers open to the general public, located in the library’s Small Business Resource Center, are available every day and limited to one hour of use per day.

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