This week, which honored World Poetry Day, we'd like to spotlight a piece from one of our highly regarded community members, Jim Lichtenberg. A native of New York City, writer Jim Lichtenberg, sits as a member of Library For All’s Board, and now lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, 2 cats and a LOT of books.
This International Women's Day, Library For All is proud to announce our campaign to build our Library's first specialized Girls' Collection, starting in Haiti. "Let Haiti Read: Girls' Collection" is spearheaded by supporters Gwen Tilghman and Lauren Hoffman. The article below was originally posted here in Yale News.
Studies have shown that males are represented nearly twice as often as females in books for children. Now Yale alumnae aim to empower girls around the globe through the creation of the Library For All Girls’ Collection.
Today, our team at Library For All celebrates International Day of the Girl. We have a mission to make knowledge accessible to all, equally, and we believe that empowering girls with educational materials will help break the cycle of poverty. Books were always a huge part of my life. As a young girl growing up in the outer suburbs of southeast Melbourne, I had dreamed of being many things: an astronaut, a scientist, a journalist, a professional basketball star, an actress, Princess Jasmine. I was a bright child with an inquisitive mind, and an imagination that could catapult even the most serious personalities into a world of make-believe. Looking back, I believe that it was my love of books that propelled my mind into such artistry.
Opening the TDBank branch at 37th & Broadway came with many surprises and delights, but few as inspiring as receiving the opportunity to serve on the Board of a local nonprofit, Library For All. Midtown Manhattan has become the home of a buzzing tech sector, with eBay's offices in the 20s, reaching all the way up to Bloomberg near Bryant Park. Amidst the fashionistas and garment visionaries, sit developers, sprinkled throughout the cafes, sipping Wi-Fi along Broadway's pedestrian path, or in one of the many co-op work spaces that have sprouted up throughout Midtown. Among them sits a unique tech non-profit who envisions "a world with opportunities for all individuals to learn, dream, and aspire to lift themselves out of poverty." Library For All's mission is nothing less than to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. And from the moment I met the founders, Tanyella Evans and Rebecca McDonald, in the Echoing Green Fellowship office on the corner of 37th & 7th, I knew that this was a nonprofit, this was a tech company—errr, this was a game-changer, like no other.
To celebrate Children's Book Week this year - May 2nd-8th - Library For All is proud to highlight one of our Haitian team members, Francoise Thybulle, about the impact of books in her lifetime.
Francoise Thybulle is former Director of the Haitian National Library. Though she retired her position in 2012, Francoise joined Library For All in 2014 to lead the curation of Library For All's digital library for Haiti - a collection filled with books in Haitian Creole, French, English, and Spanish.