Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you get a chance, stop by the Benjamin Franklin exhibit at the Sunnyside Library.
It's pretty amazing when you consider a library that serves a city of about 14,000 people would be one of only 20 in the nation to receive the touring exhibit.
The exhibit, here through the first week of December, is a testament to persistence by our former librarian, Amy Ravenholt, and follow-up by our current librarian, Francisco Garcia-Ortiz.
While the fact the exhibit is making so few appearances nationwide is impressive enough, the fact that displays from the Smithsonian are right here in Sunnyside is incredible.
There's an impressive array of activities in association with the exhibit, including lectures and movies.
Collaboration, which is at times infrequent among agencies, is also a key to the exhibit, as the library is partnering with the Sunnyside Museum and local residents to display actual items from Franklin's era.
I hope our local schools are able to schedule tours of the exhibit. It's pretty rare that you can drive a mile or two down the road to see displays from Washington D.C.
I also hope groups that are targeting outreach to youth in Sunnyside, such as Sunnyside's Promise, can work the exhibit into the programs they offer.
Yes, Sunnyside may be short on soccer fields and long on gangs. But for the next six weeks a part of our country's history is right here for all to see...and it's free direct from Washington D.C.
The next time you hear a youth complain there's nothing to do in the valley or in Sunnyside, direct them to the Franklin exhibit and the many activities that will be taking place from now through early December.