As a student who works at Memorial Library, I noticed that there was a new addition to the lobby area, the Bound to El Norte: Don Bartletti Photography Exhibit (See previous announcement blog post). I would usually glance at it briefly before heading to work, and I have noticed that many others did the same, just stopping briefly then carrying on with their lives.
The other day I stopped and took the time to appreciate the exhibit. I looked at every single photograph and read the brief stories below them. The photographs are very powerful and really depict what the journey is like for immigrants trying to make their way to the United States. After going through all the photographs, I experienced sadness, especially after seeing pictures of children taking such dangerous risks to find their mothers, but I also felt an overwhelming sense of empowerment. Empowerment to help these immigrants in any way that I can and hope that others feel the same way.
These feelings are why I recommend that you also stop by the exhibit at Memorial Library by February 27 or at Ebling Library from March 1-30. After viewing the exhibit, feel free to leave your comments in the notebook on display.