What I Did on My Summer Vacation Print

Christine PerkinsWhenever I visit a new place, I take time to explore the local library, gathering ideas and inspiration.  This summer my family took a trip to the East Coast and made a point of stopping by the New York Public Library – specifically the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. 

NYPL LionThis is the beautiful Beaux-Arts building flanked by two massive marble lions – Patience and Fortitude – that many people think of when they hear the words “New York Public Library.”  NYPL was founded by John Jacob Astor, James Lenox, and Andrew Carnegie, philanthropic visionaries who appreciated what libraries could do for people in their community.  They built libraries that are lasting legacies that have impacted countless lives.

The Great HallNext we drove to Washington, D.C., where tours of the National Archives and Library of Congress further solidified my appreciation for the foresight of such leaders as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson for establishing these institutions, and for the many legislators and philanthropists who raised the funds to support them.  The Great Hall, pictured below, first opened to the public in 1897.

While these buildings and their contents are national treasures on a grand scale, capital projects in our own backyard are no less impressive.  All rely heavily on the contributions of individuals who share their time, talents, and resources to construct libraries to benefit everyone in our communities for years to come.  We thank each and every person who has made a difference in our libraries.  Come visit, and be inspired!

Christine Perkins, Executive Director