Project Flight founded in 2004 an on-going special book collection that fosters peace for the E.H. Butler Library. The library receives approximately 500 volumes a year, including scholarly, adult, reference, and children’s books that include groups such as African-American, Asian, Latino, African, Arab, Caribbean, Native American; various religious denominations such as Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, etc., and books on special constituencies, such as women and the LGBTQ+ Community, for the creation of the Cecilia Bard Multicultural Library for Peace. The collection was named after Dr. Bard’s mother who died an untimely death. According to Dr. Bard, these books, “…will improve students’ lives, and provide a way for them to appreciate the beautiful mosaic that makes up world cultures; these books also offer pathways for students to discover a common ground for unity and peace as well as respect for their differences. “ The creation of this collection also aids the college, the largest teacher-education institution in the state, in addressing 3 issues of importance: the New York State Standards for Education, and for the National Certification, Accreditation for Teacher Education Programs (N-CATE) and Middle States accreditation process for the college.
E. H. Butler Library is pleased to announce the newest collection in the Cecelia Bard Multicultural Collection for Peace and Social Justice! This collection of over one-hundred books is entitled The Literacy Library Collection for Equity, Social Justice & Peace. This collection is also located at the Buffalo & Erie County Library Central Branch & Merriweather Branch.
The list below is by no means exhaustive. This collection represents people of all identities, backgrounds, ethnicities, and beliefs. The sub-collections do not simplify or exclusively identify any person in a singular way. We understand and believe that people are beautiful in their diversity, and while we attempt to make our collections represent all people in an equitable and inclusive way, we respect that people identify and celebrate multiple identities, ethnicities, beliefs, and backgrounds.
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Take a 360 degree tour of the Curriculum Lab that houses the Cecilia Bard Multicultural Collection for Peace and Social Justice. The panoramic tour is brought to you by the Empire State Immersive Experiences (ESIE), a part of the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC). Over 6,600 items of this collection is donated from Project Flight.