Millennium Development Goals Library Project

Since February, 2007, the Lifebridge Foundation has been conducting community conversations at its conference and retreat center in Rosendale NY, Lifebridge Sanctuary. The conversations have been deep and inspiring and each month the number of attendees has grown. 

The group of attendees who met for monthly discussions about the MDG’s, realized that donating a collection of books to the Rosendale Library was a terrific idea.  Members of the group donated monies towards the collection and the Foundation doubled those contributions to round out the collection.

 Library Presentation

At the presentation, Chief Librarian Wendy Alexander said, “ The gift of books relating to the UN MDG’s from the Lifebridge Foundation to the Rosendale Library, is appreciated as it expands the global reach of our local library.”
In addition to the books, the Lifebridge group created a display at the Rosendale Library highlighting the MDG’s and featuring books and web links to make it easier for the local community to explore the goals.

Members of the Lifebridge Board of Directors, the Library Board and members of the community were present during the dedication and presentation of the MDG Book Collection.


            Robert Sena, Library Board President
            Wendy Alexander,Chief Librarian
            Barbara Valocore, Lifebridge President

 7. 7. 07

Lifebridge founder and president Barbara Valocore – said “Lifebridge selected July 7, 2007 as the day to donate MDG related books to Mid- Hudson Library System because it marks the half way point for the MDG’s to be achieved. It’s clear the local community is interested in finding out more about the United Nations and inspiring to see their reactions as they learn about the Millennium Development Goals and how they can help achieve them. Donating books to the Mid-Hudson Library system was the next natural progression of education and out reach to our community about the UN and the MDG’s in particular. While the books will reside in the Rosendale Library, they are available to all members of the library system consortium using the inter–library loan system.”   

Blue Stone Press

Local newspaper, the Blue Stone Press, covered the presentation with a front page article by Elaine Lee. Read the article here.  

The Books:

A  partial listing of the books includes:

David Bornstein, How to Change the World : Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Oxford University Press.

Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty.  Public Affairs.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, The End of Poverty : Economic Possibilities for Our Time.  (Foreword by Bono) Penguin (Non-Classics).

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Earthscan.

United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan.

Robert Muller, Most of All They Taught Me Happiness. Amare Media.

Bono, On the Move. Thomas Nelson.

Michka Assayas, Bono in Conversation with Micha Assayas. Riverhead Hardcover.

United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population, 2006 – A Passage to Hope, Women and international Migration. UNFPA.

B. Bruns, A. Mingat & R. Rakotomalala, Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015 : A Chance for Every Child. World Bank.

A.Campbell-White, T.W. Merrick & A.S. Yazbeck, Reproductive Health: The Missing Millennium Development Goal – Poverty, Health and Development in a Changing World. World Bank.