Our monthly challenge for July of 2022 was Fireworks! Throughout the summer months, fireworks may be used to mark significant events. It’s a way for community to come together as they celebrate and watch fantastic displays. Where do you go to watch fireworks? Do you have an annual tradition with family or friends? Do you prefer to find a quiet place away from the noise?

We kicked off our monthly challenges in June of 2022 asking New Yorkers about Signs of Summer! What makes you excited about summer? What are you looking forward to? Do you do anything special for the Summer months? Keep cool with some ice cream? Look for fun air-conditioned activities? Or maybe you love the heat and sit out by the community pool?

In 1970 a group of Black Librarians met to address the problems resulting from widespread racism in their profession. The problems fell into two major categories: Libraries in Black communities were most often inaccessible, had neglected facilities, and had inadequate staffing and resources. It was increasingly evident that minority communities were being left behind in accessing the avalanche of information so indispensable in a rapidly changing technological society. Blatant restrictions consistently blocked the Black Librarians' professional advancement.

New Yorkers were prompted to document their experiences during the pandemic using video, photos, and journaling and submit those items to the New York State Library for future generations to study and learn from.