The Brooklyn Public Library just announced that it has received $550,000 in grants from the American International Group Disaster Relief Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Six library branches were affected by the storm: Gravesend, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Red Hook, Gerritsen Beach and Coney Island. Both the Gerritsen Beach and Coney Island branches remain closed for significant restorations. The Gerritsen Beach branch is expected to reopen in September and the Coney Island library in October. (The Coney Island branch is pictured above.) Right now, BPL is still working to replace collection losses that total nearly $1,100,000. The grants will go toward building repair and to replace lost collections and circulation materials. In addition to these most recent grants, the BPL has received over $65,000 from other supporters to help rebuild.
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