Here's how Frank Collia, Principal Librarian at the North Tampa Branch says libraries are helping their communities. “What I've seen out here is that we're providing a sense of normalcy and stability for people,” he said. “Just a place to go and relax, and maybe not think about the storm for awhile. You know, come in and charge your phone, get on social media and talk to your friends. We're here to try to alleviate as much stress as possible. We're providing free long-distance faxing, if needed. We have access to WiFi here in the library in a nice air-conditioned environment, which a lot of people still don't have.”
Here's how you can help Florida libraries. The Florida Library Association has set up a Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund at http://www.flalib.org/.