Recently the Library collaborated with the College’s Social Work program and Social Work Club to create an exhibit in honor of Social Work Month, whose theme was, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.” On display was a wide variety of scholarship produced by the faculty in the Social Work Program, as well as a model depicting demographic information of neighborhoods throughout the borough. The model, created by a number of social work students, is based on data gathered from the Library’s Archives & Special Collections.
In addition to the Gallery and Archives & Special Collections exhibition areas, rotating exhibits are on display throughout the rotunda. During this academic year, celebrations of numerous heritage months, such as African American History Month, as well as exhibits on such themes as art, photography, and the global economy, have been presented.
As in previous years, the Library produces an exhibit in honor of Earth Day, which his currently on display. The exhibit features information and resources about Earth Day, ways to celebrate the occasion, and new works related to the environment. The books displayed cover a wide range of environmental history and science topics, include sustainability, climate change, green design, clean technology, natural resources, earthquake science, ecology, geology,
and geography. The exhibit complements the upcoming Earth Day Talk sponsored by the Greener Library committee. The Library will also host its second annual exhibit, As I See It: Staten Island Through the Lenses of CSI Students. This exhibit beginning May 9th will showcases photographs of Staten Island by CSI students, whose work will be added to the Library’s permanent collection.
We are proud to announce two new upcoming exhibits in the Library Gallery located in the Volpe rotunda. “Remembering Willowbrook: The history that forever changed society” will be displayed from April 24-May 3, 2013. The exhibit, co-sponsored by The New York State Office for People With
Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) features an historical timeline using material primarily from the Library’s Archives & Special Collections, which will also be the permanent home of the exhibit. An exhibit commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, which includes books, magazines, and historical newspaper articles, continues to be on display in the rotunda. In fact, there is a section which asks, “Does your family history on Staten Island date back to the Civil War?,” in which patrons can search a copy of a New York Times article from September 1, 1863, which lists the names of the 594 men drafted from Staten Island.
Amy F. Stempler, Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Library Instruction