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On a Sunday afternoon stroll, I happened to cast my eyes to the East River, noting with curiosity the graceful arch of a dark creature and what looked like a fin. A large fish... maybe.... but when it surfaced again, and again, and again, in measured spots, heading north through cold, choppy water towards Long Island Sound, I was quite sure: a dolphin, and my first-ever sigh...
On April 13th, 1743, Thomas Jefferson, American statesman, lawyer, architect, Founding Father, First Secretary of State, and 3rd President of the United States, was born in Shadwell, Virginia, and some 200 years later, a memorial was dedicated his honor by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Situated on the south bank of the Tidal Basin among cherry trees, the
Did you know that National Library Week began on Sunday, April 4th, 2021? A time to celebrate all libraries -- school/academic, special, and public -- and the work of their contributors, National Library Week promotes usage and encourages thinking about the evolving role of libraries, particularly given the impact of the global pandemic. This year's theme, Welcome To Your Library, embraces a multitude of users, as it high...
This guide covers the ABC's of copyright and fair usage, most specifically in educational settings. We will discuss the meaning and importance of copyright protection; look at resources that highlight the basic do's and don'ts; and point to advisory offices at Teachers College and Columbia University that can advise on the law's complexity.With growing scholarly open source and public domain materials in an unprecedented time of remote learning, we also will explore options for using and leveraging such freely available resources in coursework and research.
Did you know that World Autism Awareness Day takes place on April 2nd every year, thanks to the initiatives of the United Nations which began encouraging Member States to raise awareness of persons with autism spectrum disorders and Asperger's syndrome? In 2008 the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabil...
Considering herself an abstract expressionist, but called a "minimalist" by many, legendary Agnes Bernice Martin was born on March 22, 1912 in Macklin, Canada to Scottish Presbyterian farmers. She grew up in Vancouver, but emigrated to the United States in 1932 to care for her pregnant sister and also become an art teacher. Martin studied at Western Washingto...
On March 15th, 1896 Marion Vera Cuthbert was born in St Paul, Minnesota. After receiving her BA from Boston University in 1920, Cuthbert served as Principal of Burrell Normal School and then Dean of Women at Talladega College, Alabama's oldest private and historically black liberal arts college. She pursued a Masters a...
On March 12th, 1930, Mohandas Gandhi began a 241 mile trek from Sabmarti, India to the town of Dandi on the Arabian Sea. He and his supporters were protesting the British Salt Act which forbade Indians from collecting or selling salt, as well as the heavy tax that ensued when Indians were forced to buy salt from the British. The legendary act of civil disobedience drew thousands of followers who joined the m...
 Our next Everett Cafe book display explores how violent and nonviolent forms of political expression are facilitated through the use of digital medium, often social media. While gaming and dating sites may be used to lure individuals -- youth among them -- to meet, adopt extreme views, and engage in violent activity, the Internet helps accelerate the process by enabling easy communication through diffe...
Socialist millionaire, pacifist, and author of numerous psychology, sociology, and religious books and periodicals, Pryns Charles Hopkins (also known as Prince Charles Hopkins and Prynce Hopkins) was born March 5th, 1885 in Oakland, California to Charles Harris Hopkins and his third wife Mary Isabel Booth. After the passing of his father, Pry...