The NYS Library has collections related to Black history, from the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and continuing through the development of the Harlem neighborhood in NYC, known as the Harlem Renaissance, and more. Over the years we've celebrated Black History Month focusing on some notable New Yorkers, featuring information by and/or about individuals including Kenneth B. Clark, Duke Ellington, and Sojourner Truth. We want to hear from you! Is there a Black artist, writer, scientist, friend, or family member that's inspired you?
Is the new year inspiring you to learn something different? Time to pick up those skis, paint brushes, or sewing needles and show us what new hobbies you’re picking up this year!
How do you light up the darkest time of the year? Do you decorate for holidays with festive illuminations? Tell us what sparks a light within you!
We are inviting the library community to join in this initiative by sharing the history of your library, untold stories from those you serve, or your own history in relation to libraries. This is an opportunity to celebrate unsung library heroes, record origin stories, and share the transformative power libraries have had on you and your community. These histories will then be added to the Personal History Initiative digital archives, preserved for future generations as part of the public record.
We have created three categories for sharing:
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November is National Family Literacy Month! Does your family have a special tradition for reading together? Tell us how your family fosters a love for reading throughout the generations.
Do you know of a place where the past refuses to remain buried or maybe gives you a fun fright for the fall season? Tell us about a place that spooks or haunts you!
September is Library Card Signup Month, a time when libraries across the nation spread the word about the benefits of signing up for a library card. Do you use yours to start a new hobby? Learn a new language? Develop a skill? Tell us what you use your library card for!
How do you get around where you live? Do you have a favorite train, rideshare, or a good old fashioned bike to get you where you need to go? Is your mode of transportation a bit more unique like a unicycle, a pair of skates, or an electric skateboard? Tell us what moves you!
Do you have a favorite swimming spot, waterpark, or activity for when the temperature rises? Maybe it’s just a kiddie pool in the backyard or an open fire hydrant. Splash us with your favorite ways to keep cool this summer!