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Red Hook Public Library Reopens Months After Sandy

Red Hook Public Libary - April 2, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Red Hook Public Libary – April 2, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - One Brooklyn neighborhood took a big step today on the road back from superstorm Sandy.

“Oh my god. It’s just amazing,” said Sandra Sutton, supervising librarian at the Red Hook Public Libary, which reopened Tuesday.

After the storm, they had 18 inches of water.

“We lost about 2,500-plus, I would say, books,” said Linda Johnson, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Library.

“It was just really bad,” Sutton told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Johnson said between $750,000 and $800,000 of work that had to be done.

This is a focal point in the community, especially for young people.

“We just started getting more children in for storytime. There’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood. So, we have a lot of materials, a lot of resources that we can help these children with,” she said.

And now it’s all shiny and new.

“He comes to the programs. He takes books out. He takes videos out,” said Karen Broughton, who was there with her 4-year-old son.

“My son comes over and and pick out books all the time and also my wife and so we’re really happy and excited that it’s open,” said Marcos Ramos, who was there with his 7-year-old son.

There are still two storm-damaged libraries in Brooklyn that have yet to reopen.