The Latest From the Library…

by Mary Lou Neighbor, AV Librarian/Assistant Professor

New! Exhibits at the Brendlinger!

Please come to the new Brendlinger Library in College Hall (2nd floor) to see four wonderful exhibits! This is the start of a new tradition for the Library where we will feature rotating museum and digital exhibits relating to subjects taught here at Montgomery County Community College.

Digital display

As you first enter the Library, you can’t miss our new Digital Gallery! We are currently featuring two exhibits on science and art.  From Library opening to 1 p.m., watch “22 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope” which features videos about black holes and exoplanets, as well as astounding photography taken by the orbiting observatory.  From 1 p.m. to closing, see “Realities and Altered Realities,” an exhibit of dramatic and beautiful photographs taken by students of Walter Plotnick’s traditional and digital photography classes (ART 152 and ART 155)  over the last several semesters.

For two additional exhibits, proceed forward into the Library to our new exhibits lounge next to the President’s Office.

On the right is an exhibit created by art instructor, Walter Plotnick. “Time Traveler” displays his collection of beautiful vintage cameras and historical photographs.  The rare photographs include portraits of celebrities such as Harper Lee, Gregory Peck, The Beatles, and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as images from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, vintage circus photographs from the 1930s, the opening of the Lincoln Tunnel, and many more.  On the display monitor between the display cases will be additional still images from the collection that have been digitally formatted.

Walter says that “collecting vintage photographs has been a passion.  I am interested in photographs that tell a story about a person or time and place.  They influence how I see the world and the artwork that I make.” There will be an opening of the exhibit on November 14, at 12:15 p.m. here in the Library. Walter will be on hand until 1:30 p.m. to discuss the cameras and photographs in his collection.  Refreshments will be served.

Political campaign memorabilia

Finally, in the cases on the left, the Montgomery County Historical Society has curated an exhibit of historic campaign memorabilia to celebrate American political campaigns.  Here you will see music, campaign ribbons, buttons, platforms, and convention and inaugural ball tickets and programs from national, state and local campaigns from 1840 through 2008.  Included is a ribbon from the campaign of Winfield Scott Hancock, a Montgomery County native, who ran as the Democratic nominee for president in 1880. The exhibit will be up until early December.  Following will be additional exhibits sponsored by the Historical Society on agriculture, labor, immigration, and race in the county.

Coming soon will be an exhibit of publications by College faculty.  In the Spring, Foreign Language Assistant Professor, Eric Lichtscheidl, will be featuring artifacts from his native Austria.  Also, if anyone on campus has materials and ideas for displays, please contact Information Literacy Librarian, Mary Beth Parkinson (215-619-7480 or or Emerging Technologies Librarian, Jerry Yarnetsky (215-641-6592 or

We hope to see you soon in the Library for the fabulous and interesting new exhibits!

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