City Readers is the New York Society Library’s databaseof historic records, books, and readers. The Library’s online visualization tools support the discovery and analysis of more than 100,000 biographic, bibliographic, and transaction data derived from digitized content from the Library’s archives. Circulation records from 1789 to 1805, when the Library shared Federal Hall with the first American Congress, have been fully digitized and transcribed, and the data are now available for free through City Readers. Many of America’s founders borrowed the Library’s books, and their borrowing histories show a wide range of interests: they all checked out books on law, history, geography, travel, and even fiction. On April 7, 1790, 14 years before their famous duel, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr both visited the New York Society Library: Burr was reading Voltaire; Hamilton was reading Goethe. Students can browse the histories of the founders to find out more.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest challenges public middle and high schools across the country to help improve their communities using STEAM skills. This year’s projects tackle current issues such as natural disaster relief and safety, opioid addiction, water quality, and enablement of students with autism.
Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experiences of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind today’s ever-shifting global landscape. Witnessing peers from diverse geographies helps students to make valuable connections and support, appreciate, and respect cultural diversity.
Youth Perspectives The Global Oneness Project has created a new video collection—Global Youth Perspectives—with seven stories and accompanying lesson plans that highlight youth around the world.
Identity and Belonging Facing History and Ourselves offers more than 170 lessons and other resources on global immigration.