Empty shelves filled

Colonie librarians pitch in
to help library whose collection took a hit in Sandy

— “We didn’t have much to begin with. We have just a couple of dinosaur books, to lose even one is bad news,” Makoff said.

South Colonie Roessleville Library Media Specialist Kimberly Ringer jumped on board when she heard about the Coney Island library.

“I just think that it’s a way to help that most people might forget about. The group of us being librarians, one of the things that came in mind to us was how devastating it is to lose part of your collection,” Ringer said.

Donations were collected until Friday, Dec. 21, but the Coney Island library surpassed its goal days before the deadline.

“It’s always good to get extra money to build a collection. You can never have too many library books,” Ringer said. “Every librarian needs more money at all times.”

Makoff said people are also donating books directly to the library.

“It’s been really amazing. People are kind,” Makoff said.

Although the students are back at Edna Cohen, Makoff said since the basement was flooded, they have a large boiler outside for the heat. The basement was home to a lot of essentials, and the school still does not have Internet of phones because those systems were damaged.

“In terms of the community, things are still very much shut down. To my understanding, a lot of the students are without heat, which is terrible. It’s cold and flu season. A lot of them are sick,” she said.

Yet as the town still copes with all of their losses, the community is trying to get back on their feet.

“We’re not (back) to normal. But everybody’s in good spirits and working very hard. The kids are working hard,” she said. “And they’re enthusiastic about their library, too. It’s great.”

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