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A Visit From the Pope

And now a look at historical item from our collection. This is the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle’s guest book. The earliest signature dates from 1896.

kdiam amldc book cover

kdiam amldc book cover closeup

This reads, “Ksiazka Pamiatkowa KDIAM”.

One of the most famous people to sign our guest book is Cardinal Karol Wojtyła in 1969 who later became Pope John Paul II.


In the note, Cardinal Wojtyła asks God to bless AMLDC and Our Lady of Ostrabrama to protect it.

We have quite a few books on Pope John Paul II. Here is a selection.

In the footsteps of Pope John Paul II : an intimate personal portrait by John M. Szostak
BX1378.5 .S95 1980

The people’s Pope : the story of Karol Wojtyla of Poland by James Oram
BX1378.5 .O7

Man From a Far Country by Mary Craig
BX1378.5 .C72 1979

John Paul II, the Pope from Poland by Tadeusz Karolak
BX1378.5 .K37 1979

Come to the Library and check these out!


Recent Additions to the Collection

Come check out our new additions to the library’s catalog.

50th Anniversary, 1942-1992, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America edited by Tadeusz Gromada. Its call number is  AS36.P843 F5.

“The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA), Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce (in Polish) a non profit, 501 © tax exempt, academic, cultural organization founded in 1942 in New York City is dedicated to the maintenance of a center of learning and culture. Its mission is to advance knowledge about Poland and Polish Americans and serve as a liaison between American and Polish academic circles.” (PIASA’s website)

Visit the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America’s website to learn more about the organization.

Dziela wybrane, a seven volume collection of works written by Ignacy Maciejowski. Their call number is PG7158 .M15 S95.

The volumes are entitled:
Szkice z anglii
Nowele cz.1
Nowele cz.2
Nowele cz.3
Slowa a czyny;
U progu sztuki
Matka. Bajecznie Kolorowa

Recent Additions to the Collection

Here are a couple recent additions to the library’s catalog.

The Image and the Figure: Our Lady of Czestochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion by Anna Niedzwiedz

The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa is the most famous and the most venerated holy image in Poland. In contemporary Poland the image is a kind of a cultural icon, instantly recognizable and connected with popular symbolic and mythological meanings. Presented in this book is an analysis of beliefs, narratives, myths and rituals. This analysis reveals that for its devotees the image is not merely a material object and a picture – it is perceived, lived and experienced as a real person – figure of Mary – Queen and Mother.

Masterpieces of Polish Painting by Maria Poprzecka

So stop by the Adam Mickiewicz Library and check these books out!

Reopening Day


The reopening of the Adam Mickiewicz Library was a huge success! Over 80 people were in attendance for the historic occasion.

The setup before the crowd arrived.

And me giving my speech.

Here is Greg Olma speaking about the importance of Adam Mickiewicz in Polish culture.

My speech:

Some highlights:

Thank you to Broadway Fillmore Alive for taking and posting these videos.

Thank you to everyone who came to support the Adam Mickiewicz Library!


You can view more pictures of the reopening at the Am-Pol Eagle.

The Reopening of the Adam Mickiewicz Library is Tomorrow!

Saturday, September 17 · 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, Inc
612 Fillmore Avenue
Buffalo, NY

After being closed for the last 17 years, the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle is pleased to announce the reopening of its Library. The reopening will be held at 7PM on September 17, 2011 in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to the Library, with a few speakers and ribbon cutting ceremony. A tour of the library by librarian Mary Lanham and refreshments will be served following the event. This event is free and open to the public.