We, the Conservancy’s 2019 summer interns, recently sat down with Jennifer Minehardt, the Children’s Librarian for the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library. We asked her for her thoughts on the island, the Park, and the Four Freedoms.
FFP: What is one thing you love about Roosevelt Island?
JM: Well, I would say my favorite thing about Roosevelt Island is the sense of community. I feel it’s really different from a lot of neighborhoods. Everybody really bands together and there’s a lot of respect on the island. I just love coming here every day.
FFP: If you could ensure one of the Four Freedoms for the whole world, which would it be? And why?
JM: I would have to go back to freedom of speech. I really see the value, especially working in a library, of keeping that freedom alive.
FFP: What do you believe should be someone’s biggest takeaway after visiting Four Freedoms State Park?
JM: My favorite part is all the partnerships of the park. I think it’s really important that we have the education [programming], that [the park] be more than just a statue or memorial. They’re really using education to help continue everything that FDR put in place.
FFP: If you could go back in time and meet FDR what would you ask or say to him?
JM: Since FDR had such a strong belief in wildlife and conservation, I would like to know what policies or what things he would put forward to change our global warming crisis.