2013-01-25 / Community

“Mini-Library” Box Comes to Broad Channel


A new “Mini-Library” kiosk, provided by Urban Librarians United, now stands outside the Broad Channel Library. A new “Mini-Library” kiosk, provided by Urban Librarians United, now stands outside the Broad Channel Library. On Sunday January 20th, some residents noted a new addition outside the still closed Broad Channel Library branch.

A bright red “Mini-Library” box had been place there, emblazoned with the words “Take A Book,” offering free books to the community.

Urban Librarians Unite, a professional group created to promote and support libraries and librarians, has placed this and similar “Mini-Library” kiosks in many storm affected areas.

According to their 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 …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.”

The group called on “friends and supporters to help… build a new collection of materials for NYC libraries (and put) books directly into the hands of young victims of this storm.”

They set up a Children’s Book Relief initiative and also Volunteer Library Brigade teams to help in hard hit disaster zones.

ULU had to at least temporarily halt their call for donations after receiving more than 20,000 books from organizations and individuals. As ULU’s website states “… 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. (Our aim is to) help…give children a distraction and some joy in these troubling times.”

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