Oceanport:On Wednesday morning, the New Jersey Library Association made donations to three Monmouth County libraries that were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. Representatives from the Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright branches were on hand to accept checks. Each branch received a check in the amount of $1,942.00
After the storm hit and things started to settle down communities began to realize how important libraries are to a community. The phone began to ring at the NJLA offices with calls coming in from all over the country and as far away as Scotland. Concerned people wanted to help libraries that were damaged by the storm. The NJLA collected more than $13,000 in donations and will deliver checks to 7 libraries throughout the state that were damaged by the storm.
The Oceanport branch celebrated a grand reopening of the library back on July 1st, 2013, it was a record breaking time that they got the library up and running. The Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright branches remain closed while damages are repaired. It was noted on Wednesday morning by Renee Swartz, Monmouth County Library Commission Chairwoman, "libraries serve as a community center to many towns, they are the living spirit of the town".