Critical Linking

Bees Making Honey On Public Library Roof: Critical Linking, March 6, 2019

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Beekeeper Kendal Sager, owner of Sager Family Farm, manages the two beehives on the roof; she also manages about 30 other hives throughout the Bay Area, including in backyards, which she found through the website Nextdoor and Woodside’s Filoli.

The hives have been on the roof for about a year. One produced no honey, while the other produced a modest 40 pounds of honey — about three gallons, or 72 jars. Half of those jars sold out at the library store, and Sager sold the rest. One healthy beehive can produce about 100 pounds of honey, about 7½ gallons.

Library roofs housing bees to make honey and educate on the importance and need for bees is a beautiful—and delicious—thing.

Danielle Kurtzleben wanted a copy of “Pride and Prejudice,” so she went on Amazon and clicked on one of the first links that came up in the search results. When the book arrived in her mailbox, there was a surprise.

First of all, it was huge — the size of a children’s coloring book, not like a typical paperback novel. Things only got weirder from there.

A look into how Amazon has made it easy to buy a version of a classic that you don’t want.

From 1936 to 1966, Victor Hugo Green, a postal worker who worked in New Jersey and lived in Harlem, published the directories known today as the Green Book. The actual titles included The Negro Motorist Green Book, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, and The Travelers’ Green Book. The books listed hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, nightclubs, bars, and gas stations where Black travelers would be welcome. In an age of sundown towns, segregation, and lynching, the Green Book became an indispensable tool for safe navigation.

Here are a couple of ways you can begin to explore the Schomburg Center’s Green Books collection.

Because libraries are so helpful, here’s the New York Public Library’s guide to the Schomburg Center’s digital collection of Green Books.

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