The Oceanport branch of the Monmouth County Library reopened on Monday, July 1, eight months after sustaining extensive flood damage during Superstorm Sandy.
"The Monmouth County Library Commission is pleased that the Oceanport branch will be back up and running after suffering such a devastating blow last October in Superstorm Sandy," said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Library Commission. "We know the library plays a vital part in the Oceanport community and residents have missed their library terribly."
Library patrons can 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 begin its usual hours on July 1. The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition it is 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 Board of Freeholders would like to thank the officials of Oceanport for their tireless efforts to help put the Oceanport branch back together physically, and also thank the residents of Oceanport for their patience in waiting to get their library back." said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Library. "We are glad that this reminder of Sandy's devastation in the area has finally been rectified."
For more photos of the re-opening, visit the Library's Facebook