Oceanport Library to Re-open July 1, Damage from Super Storm Sandy Repaired

June 23, 2013
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OCEANPORT ­–The Oceanport branch of the Monmouth County Library will re-open on Monday, July 1, eight months after sustaining extensive flood damage during Super Storm Sandy.

Library patrons will be able to check out books and DVDS and pick up their holds at the refurbished library. Children’s story times will also resume the week of July 1.

The branch will resume its regular hours: 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition it will be open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new branch manager will be Katie Kenny.

The Oceanport branch, which is located in the Oceanport Borough Hall complex off Myrtle Avenue, sustained widespread flood damage during Sandy as did the rest of the borough hall building. The library now has a new circulation desk and new shelving. The library area has been thoroughly cleaned and repainted. It’s quite a contrast to late October, when more than 18 inches of river water and muck washed into the library.

Two member libraries of the Monmouth County Library System, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, were severely damaged during Sandy and remain closed, as their municipalities grapple with rebuilding.

Member library Oceanic Free Library in Rumson has extended library borrowing privileges to the residents of Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach while their libraries are closed. Residents of Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach can also use the services at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury.

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