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American Sign Language Collection: This new collection consists mostly of DVDs meant specifically for members of the Deaf community or parents of deaf children.
John Burroughs Collection:The John Burroughs Hudson River Collection is a multi-media collection of materials relating to the life and works of the West Park naturalist, John Burroughs with an additional focus on ecological, historical, cultural and environmental issues surrounding his Hudson River and local environs mainly in the Town of Esopus.
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The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated.
The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own. – Amazon.com
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