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The August 14 blackout that affected roughly 50 million people in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest left libraries in the dark and staff struggling to get home. Fortunately, none of the libraries contacted by LJ experienced any particular hardships not shared by countless other institutions; most were back up and running within days.
Detroit was hit particularly hard; Betty Hurtte, the Detroit Public Library's interim assistant director for marketing, said that, at the mayor's request, the library stayed closed throughout the weekend. Branches reopened Monday, August 18; the Main Library reopened Wednesday, August 20.
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