Sunday, August 1, 2010

Delaware State History Day

The Library Company and its history were highlighted in a student project submitted for the Delaware State History Day competition held this past April. All over the country, middle school and high school students competed by submitting research papers, creating websites, making documentaries, staging performances, or producing exhibitions based on a general theme, which this year was Innovation in History: Impact and Change. Rachel Cress and Danielle DeCostanza, juniors at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, placed third in the Senior Group Exhibit category with their project on the Library Company.

Inspired with the idea for the project by Padua Academy’s librarian Barbara Ruszkowski, Rachel and Danielle worked diligently for months researching, designing, and constructing their award-winning exhibit. In order to replicate the Library Company 's original building, they studied exterior and interior images and created a miniature. The entire process took nearly six months. “The process was long, but fun!” they said. “We enjoyed painting, and our favorite part was using cat-litter to create the textured look of brick on the outside!” Danielle added, “This process was enjoyable because we worked on it as partners and as close friends.” The collaboration made learning about the evolution of the library system in America and participating in History Day even more memorable. According to Rachel, “While working in the library and doing our project on a library, we realized how privileged we are today to have all kinds of books available to us at our fingertips.” “To us,” commented Danielle, “The Library Company is one of the most innovative institutions in America.”

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