This summer, I visited my favorite place, The Chautauqua Institution, on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern NYS. The Institution was founded in 1874 by inventor Lewis Miller and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent as a teaching camp for Sunday school teachers. It has evolved into a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities that take place over the course of nine weeks in the summer.
I visited the first week in August. The theme for the week was “Ethics”. I heard several lectures from amazing speakers like Duke University Professor Dan Ariely, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. and Theresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia. The speaker that affected me the most was Dr. David W. Orr, the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. His compelling speech titled, “Creating Cultures of Honor and Integrity in a Hotter Time” focused on the issue of global climate change. He asked the audience, “Can we build a civilization that works in the boundaries of nature? The answer is yes!”
We have the science; we just need the will to get it done. But we need to start now and everyone needs to do their part. We must all act with honor and integrity so that future generations will enjoy the same beautiful earth that has nurtured us. So, I am now re-examining my energy consumption, food choices, purchases and life style with a focus on reducing, reusing, recycling and doing without. I do it happily, so that the generations that follow me will look back and say that I acted ethically. You can read more about this in Dr. Orr’s book “Down to the Wire”, available at the library.
Sandra Zeigler of Canastota is shown with the beautiful quilt she made for the Children's Room at the Canastota Public Library. The quilt says, "Readers Are Leaders," a sentiment that Sandra believes to be true. She is a retired attorney who recently moved to Canastota and along with a friend, joined the Library's Night Time Knitters Group. She explained to Director Liz Metzger that she had this quilt project for a couple of years and didn't do anything with it. But, as soon as she saw our library, she decided that this would be a perfect home for the quilt. She presented it to the CPL in July and it graces one of the walls of the Children's Room on our second floor for all to enjoy!
We really love these donations that are made from the heart! Thank you, Sandra, for being a part of the Canastota Public Library Family. We are so happy that you chose Canastota as your new home!
I wear several different hats at the library. Sometimes, you can find me at the circulation desk. I also work with the teens creating and coordinating teen programming. And, I am always looking for new ways to get our library information out to our patrons. This is our first attempt at blogging and we hope that the community finds these blogs to be helpful!