Sullivan Library Celebrates The Great Outdoors


For our June book display, we are celebrating the great outdoors! No, not the movie from the 80s starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. Instead, we are celebrating the activities, the history and the places associated with the summertime outdoors. Here are few books that are featured in our display:


Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memories of Catskill Summers

Borscht Belt Bungalows cover

Borscht Belt Bungalows Cover

During the 20th Century, dozens of Jewish families from New York City vacationed in the Catskills during the summer at bungalow resorts or colonies. Irwin Richman recounts his personal experiences at these summer resorts in this memoir and provides insights into the activities of both the renters and the owners.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild book cover

Wild Front Cover

This New York Times bestseller tells the true story of the author, Cheryl Strayed, and her journey hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail after suffering through some personal tragedies.


How to Fly a Kite, Catch a Fish, Grow a Flower, and Other Activities for You and Your Child

How to fly a kite cover

How to Fly a Kite, Catch a Fish, Grow a Flower Cover

This little blast from the past provides instructions on how to do a variety of different outdoor activities with step-by-step illustrations.


Check out the display and get inspired to go outside and have some fun! And yes, going outside to read a book counts.

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Sullivan Library June Book Display


Sullivan Library’s Book Display for the Month of March Celebrates Women Empowerment and History

Sullivan Library’s monthly Book Display for the month of March supports gender parity in recognition of International Women’s Day, as well as National Women’s History Month!


2018 Women’s March in NYC, photographed by Sierra Sheridan

March 2-8 was designated as National Women’s History Week by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and in his presidential message addressing Women’s History Week as a national celebration, he strongly urged “libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for gender equality in America (MacGregor, NWHP).”


A parade in honor of Women’s History Week prior to it becoming a nationalized celebration: Santa Rosa, CA in March 1979. Photograph from Healdsburg Tribune.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation,” stated President Jimmy Carter in his opening statement of the 1980 speech in which he designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week.


Photograph from the City of Boston Archives on Flickr, titled “President Jimmy Carter.”

In the seven years that followed President Carter’s speech, 14 states took the liberty of expanding their support for the cause by designating the entire month of March as a commemoration for the history of women in America.

Former President Carter mentioned Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul, among others, as he recognized the profound impact that various remarkable women have had in helping to build the United States into the nation that it is today.


“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well,” Former President Carter stated, reflecting on the lack of recognition that had been given to significant female figures in American history (during the introduction of his 1980 speech).

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The Original Women’s March on Washington in 1913 (top), The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 (bottom), Photographed by Alex Ceravolo (Social Justice Activist and 2018 Graduate of Ramapo College in NJ).

Women’s History Week was a stepping stone toward the greater recognition that women receive today, which is a national recognition of Women’s History in the month of March, as well as International recognition during March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.

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This year’s 2018 theme for International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress and the library acknowledged this theme by displaying books that portray women who fought, and or continue to fight, for gender parity, whether it be socially, economically, culturally, politically, and or professionally.

Some books that the library is featuring on display can be found below.


Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change By Helen S


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai






Boissoneault, Lorraine. “The Original Women’s March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way.”, 21 Jan 2017, Accessed March 13, 2018.


“City of Boston Archives.”, Accessed March 13, 2018.


Hillin, E.I. “The Sonoma County Roots of Women’s History Month” (February 2018).

Santa Rosa, California: The Healdsburg Tribune.


MacGregor, Molly Murphy. “Why March is National Women’s History Month.” National Women’s History Project, Accessed March 13, 2018


Pexels, Accessed March 13, 2018.


June is LGBT Pride Month

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The Sullivan Library recognizes June as LGBT Month. June officially commemorates Gay Pride celebrations in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969. The riots were in response to police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay hang out. The events are now considered the beginning of the gay rights movement in America.

June is also GLBT Book Month. Visit the American Library Association website for more information.

The Sullivan Library has on display selected books from our collection regarding gay rights and society. See the LGBT Bibliography of related titles in our collection. Below are some highlighted books.

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Display case featuring African-American History related titles

February is African-American History Month!

In celebration, the Sullivan Library has selected some popular titles to be featured in our display case.  Feel free to check out any of these books OR search our online catalog for other books related to African-American History Month!  If you need assistance searching our catalog simply ask a library staff member to help!


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama

DC Call Number – 973.04 Ob1d

The former President of the United States, US Senator and activist writes about his life as a black American whose father was a black African and his mother a white American. His story begins in New York, where he learns that his father has been killed in a car accident. The sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and lastly reconciles his divided inheritance.

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Celebrating Founder’s Week & the 800th Jubilee


The Sullivan Library is proud to participate in the annual celebration of Dominican College’s heritage and its establishment by the Dominican Sisters. The week of September 19-24, 2016 is dedicated to celebrating the history of Dominican College as well as the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers. Throughout the week there are a variety of events held on campus which students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate in. In collaboration with these events, the Sullivan Library has put together a book display which highlights the history the Dominican Order. We welcome students, staff, and faculty of Dominican College to take a look and check-out books that are currently located in the display case. The case remains unlocked at your convenience so you are able to access materials you are interested in checking-out of the library. Stay tuned for daily posts on our Instagram account during Founder’s Week!

Read on for highlights from the book display:


Early Dominicans

by Simon Tugwell (Call # 255.2 EA76)

This particular volume focuses on 13th Century texts regarding the life and spirituality of the Dominican Order. Being that St. Dominic founded the organization as an order of preachers the text features a section on preaching and what it means to be a preacher. The organizations that were established by St. Dominic within the Dominican Order are considered to be the Dominican Family.

Here We Shall Be

by Congregation of Saint Dominic (Blauvelt, N.Y.) (Call # 271.2 H42)

Published by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, this is a collection of essays that depicts the life and works of Sisters. It includes photos of their service to the church and community, as well as a timeline of the Dominican Congregation.

 Here We Have Sown

(Call # 271.2 H42)

Originally intended as a “companion book” to the first volume, Here We Shall Be, this text is now considered an “interim book” between the first and second volume of the Congregation’s history.

 Dominican Penitent Women

by Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner (Call # 271.972 D713)

This text plays an important role of observing and analyzing the development of the Dominican penitent order in medieval European religious movements, specifically in Italy. It provides the reader with an understanding of women’s contributions to the high and late medieval religious culture.

Life of St. Dominic

by Bede Jarrett (Call # 271.2 J293L)

A biography of St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order. This book includes a brief timeline of important events that occurred throughout St. Dominic’s life, as well as thorough biographical information throughout a series of chapters.

A Latin-English Dictionary of St. Thomas Aquinas: Based on the Summa Theologica and Selected Passages of His Other Works

by Roy J. Deferrari (Call # Ref. 189.43 T361E)

All of the words and definitions contained in this Latin-English dictionary have been directly taken from the Lexicon of St. Thomas Aquinas. The purpose of this dictionary is to assist readers in understanding the intentions St. Thomas and his work.


New Books for Summer Reading


[The books in this post about the display case have been moved back to the shelves if you are interested in reading them.]

The display case has been refilled with books for summer reading. A series of new books — there should be something here for everyone!

796.093 D921G Gladiators: Violence and spectacle in ancient Rome (B&N)

338.761 AU51G Googled: The end of the world as we know it (Amazon)

638 J1F6F Fruitless fall: The collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis (Amazon)

384.8065 P931P The Pixar Touch (Amazon)

006.76 M167T Twitter: Tricks, tips, and tweets (Amazon)

910.9896 G769W Writing the future of black America: Literature of the hip-hop generation (Amazon)

794.8 D391R Reset: Changing the way we look at video games (Amazon)

338.761 D779G Google bomb: The untold story of the $11.3M verdict that changed the way we use the Internet (Amazon)

940.5381 SO24L Life behind barbed wire: The World War II memoirs of a Hawai’i Issei (Amazon)

650.14 R9570 Over 40 & you’re hired!: Secrets to landing a great job (Amazon)

364.137 G256M Midnight on the line: The secret life of the U.S.-Mexico border (Amazon)

974.73 D951 Dutch New York: The roots of Hudson Valley culture (Amazon)

364.106 EN36B Born to kill: The rise and fall of America’s bloodiest Asian gang (Amazon)

778.535 H279P The film editing room handbook: how to tame the chaos of the editing room (Amazon)

New Book Display: Upcoming Art Show

[The books in the Irish American Heritage book display have been returned to the shelves if you wish to check them out.]

From Sunday, April 18 through Tuesday, May 11, Dominican College will be hosting an art show entitled “Altered Landscapes” at The Sullivan Library, a fine arts show and sale of original, multi-media works by regional artists. The show is green-themed and aims to draw attention to the effects of the human presence on our planet. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 18th from 3 to 5 PM. For more information, please call Giselle McMenamin at (845) 848-4006.

In honor of this, the librarians at The Sullivan Library have designed a book display case which goes hand in hand with the theme. Here is a listing of books which are on display:

364.18 W585C Crimes against nature: Environmental criminology and ecological justice (Amazon)

363.728 ST82W Waste and want: A social history of trash (Amazon)

508. 747 ST25H The Hudson: An illustrated guide to the living river (Amazon)

111.85 C197N Nature and Landscape: An introduction to environmental aesthetics (B&N)

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