A local library makes a comeback today nearly ten months after being flooded by Superstorm Sandy:

The Island Park Public Library, heavily damaged by superstorm Sandy, will hold a public reopening Thursday morning.

The library lost 20,000 books and was closed for nine months, but reopened about two weeks ago and is running at about 70 percent strength, said library trustee Joseph Pontecorvo.

The village of Island Park was submerged by Sandy. Many homes and businesses suffered more than 5 feet of flooding. The storm closed all of the community’s approximately 40 businesses.

The library’s reopening is critical to the village’s sense of community, said Glenn Ingoglia, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

“The library is in the center of our town. Not only is it a place where you study and obtain information, but it’s also a place that holds a lot of community events,” Ingoglia said. “The symbolism of it opening is one more step in the right direction for Island Park.”

“Community” keeps coming up when speaking of books and the booksellers and lenders that offer them to us. A cheap price from Amazon doesn’t give you that – neither does an e-reader.

Imagine – they could have just handed out a bunch of Kindles and been done with it.