The largest display for the month of April is for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Ort Library in April 1976. The displays with pictures and artifacts from the library are located on the 3rd and 4th floors. The 3rd floor has the model of the library created by the architects, while the 4th floor has the blueprints displayed. The current library is the fourth location where the library has been housed since the beginning of the university. The first place the library was located was in Old Main. It then moved to Lowndes and then to Framptom. The current home of the library was completed in 1975, but the library did not open until April 1976. Each of the displays also contain pictures of the library throughout the years.
Also located on the 3rd floor is a display that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Organization of Women (NOW). The Women’s Studies Steering Committee has assembled a display honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Organization of Women, with a particular focus on the history of the local Allegany County Chapter of NOW. Though the local chapter is no longer active, they were highly productive in the 1970’s and 1980’s in this area focusing on important issues like reproductive rights, the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and sexual harassment in the workplace. Highlighted items include collections of banners, pins, stickers, t-shirts, pamphlets, meeting notes, photographs, and other memorabilia from the Naomi Dagen-Blume materials which were donated to the George A. Myers Collection located in the J. Glenn Beall Archives at the Lewis J. Ort Library. Additionally, since April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, the display also contains a variety of historical NOW materials focused on the issue of sexual violence and harassment.
The 5th floor has two new displays this month. The first display celebrates Money Smart Week which is held from April 23-30, 2016 and was put together by Lisa Hartman. The display includes examples of our eBooks and online resources that are available to help you with many aspects of personal finances. Free brochures related to general money management, identity theft, and more will also be provided at the display. Please help yourself! Also, be sure to watch for information about our upcoming workshop, Tips & Tools 4 Managing Your Money, which will be offered on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27.
The second display located on the 5th floor, highlights the April 30, 1789 inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States. The display includes resources found in the library regarding George Washington.
The displays will be up through the end of April. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato (email@example.com).