So Irene did some damage to Henrico County and the rest of Central and Eastern Virginia over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people had their power knocked out. Some of our libraries lost power too. As of this writing four of our locations are without power. The libraries that do have power have seen LARGE numbers of people visit. Many came for the air conditioning. More came for the free internet and wifi. A lot of people visited so they could charge their phones, laptops and anything else they could.
Some of our librarians took pictures of all the people that visited their libraries on one morning. Mondays are usually busy but this Monday was SUPER busy. It’s good to know that so many people thought of us when they needed to rest, reconnect and recharge.
Update: All of our libraries have power except Tuckahoe. They are still without power.