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Spady Museum Teams Up with FAU Professors to Document the Integration of Delray’s Public Beach


Delray Beach, Fla. (September 28, 2014) – The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, working with Florida Atlantic University’s Department of History, will begin working to collect stories from key members of the Delray Beach community in an effort to learn about and engage the community in the history of the integration of Delray’s public beach in 1962. A contributing $5,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council for the research phase of the Beach at Delray: Florida’s Segregation Dispute project will help the organizations take a comprehensive look at the landmark event drawing national attention to the seaside City of Delray Beach.

The project provides a platform for people of various cultures and interest groups who identify with and understand the relevancy of the beach segregation issues faced by African Americans during this period. Spady Museum Director, Charlene Jones, and FAU faculty, Dr. Derrick White, Dr. Sandra Norman and Dr. Evan Bennett, will identify the key issues to be shared with the community during the project. The retelling of these histories will provide a better understanding of the cultural and political dynamics that were at play in a time that remains a pivotal period in its evolution.

FAU faculty will research archived records in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County, including papers of C. Spencer Pompey, African American activist and key organizer at the time. Collections from the project will be put together in a booklet produced by Florida Atlantic University professors and Spady Museum staff to be made available to educators, scholars, and historians for use in augmenting education curriculums on civil rights issues pertaining to South Florida.

The Spady Museum will use its monthly community discussion, Delray Speaks, and Lunch and Learn Storytelling Circle to engage the public in conversations about the project and related issues. It will also allow the audience several points of access to engage in the project through collection of oral histories, training for interviews, interviewer and interviewee, community forums and a community reception. Programs funded under the Florida Humanities Council grant will be open to the public free of charge, as the Spady Museum strives to engender a sense of community ownership in this project by removing the financial barrier to participation.

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located at 170 NW Fifth Avenue in the historic West Settlers District of Delray Beach, is dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing the African-American history and heritage of Florida. Located in the former home of the late Solomon D. Spady, the most prominent African American educator and community leader in Delray Beach from 1922 to 1957, the museum opened in July 2001 and is the only African American Cultural Heritage museum of its kind in Palm Beach County. For more information about the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, please visit http://www.SpadyMuseum.com.

Charlene Jones
Museum Director


A one-click solution will make book, movie & music websites more attractive


Many people who search book, music and movie websites for ideas on what to read, watch or listen to next like to check them out at their local library before deciding to buy. Doing this can be a complicated process. Link2Library will find out, without moving from the site being visited, if the item is available at the searcher’s local library.

Link2Library Director and Co-Founder Heidi Z Yao, Ph.D., said the idea for the site came from the fact that when she visited book recommendation sites and found a title that drew her attention she often wanted to have a trial look at it. The process necessary to find out if the title was available at her local library involved several clicks and other steps, and she wondered if it could be possible to access a library website directly from the one she was visiting.

Today Link2Library provides a convenient tool for visitors browsing book, movie and music websites to check whether any item is available at their home library with just one click. Having the Find in Library button on a site makes it more user-friendly. After Find in Library is integrated into a site, Link2Library automatically detects nearby libraries when visitors click the access button. Once the home library is confirmed, a catalog search for the desired item is performed.

In addition to catalog sites such as Amazon, users of sources such as Goodreads can add a Find in Library button to their account. By doing this a direct library check for availability can be made as soon as the review or description is read. As a demonstration, www.aboutread.com is developed by Link2Library Inc. to show how Find in Library button works after integrating to a website.

More than 10,000 libraries in the USA and Canada have been integrated to Link2 Library, and new libraries are added regularly based upon suggestions from libraries and users of the new site. There is no cost for using Link2Library for non-profit websites. For other websites, after a one month free trial, a subscription fee is based on monthly traffic.

Complete information on what Link2Library does and how to use it can be found at www.link2library.com. Questions can be emailed through the contact form on the site.

About Link2Library: The mission of Link2Library is to provide a handy tool to book, movie and music websites so that their visitors can check any library item’s availability at home library with one click.

Heidi Z. Yao
Link2Library Inc.
Tel: (226) 241-8808
Email: Heidiy@link2library.com
Website: www.link2library.com