Archive for August, 2008

first Missouri event!

I was reminded by Julia Jorgensen, from Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, MO, that her school’s events are the first this year from the state of Missouri AND this is the FIFTH year her school has participated. She remarked that this “is significant to us!” and I share her enthusiasm. It’s significant to us when a participant’s events are the first pin placed on a state or nation on our map, and we’re so pleased to extend a gracious “welcome back!” to her school for the 5th time. Welcome back, Cape Central High School!


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This year, the Yakima Valley Libraries welcome community members to learn how a neighbor’s life–and perhaps their lives–are connected to those in Afghanistan. Cynthia Garrick, Reference Services Librarian at the Yakima Valley Libraries, let us know about their compelling event this September:

As part of the September Project at Yakima Valley Libraries, Dr. Ken Zontek, history instructor at Yakima Valley Community College, will describe his perspective on 9/11, its relationship to his subsequent Afghan deployment as an Army officer, and post-deployment effort to improve Afghan lives working with a women’s shelter in Afghanistan.

His talk is entitled “From Big Apple to Apple Capital to Afghanistan; Emotion, Reason and Commitment” and will take place on September 11 at 6:30 at the Summitview Branch Library.

If you’re in Yakima this September, be sure to visit the library!

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Do you remember the first time you voted? I do. It was incredible. I believed–as I do now–that my voice made a difference, that I had the ability to shape events larger than myself. This swell of memory put a smile on my face as I read about the events at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Read on:

VOTER REGISTRATION: Students 17 1/2 and older will be encouraged to register to vote on Patriot Day. Addresses can be changed on voter registration cards for those who may have moved recently.

BOOK, WEB SITE and more: Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. 50 celebrated Americans—from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Hayden Panettiere to Alice Walker— share their compelling perspectives on voting and civic involvement in this one-of-a-kind book. This collection of more than fifty essays and unique pieces explores topics ranging from “The First Time I Voted” to “Why the Personal is Political,” all straight from the pens of public figures you know and admire. Declare yourself. http://www.declareyourself.com will be shown on the Smart Cart during lunch on September 11 and excerpts from the book will be shared.

MOVIE: We will show National Treasure, a great action film, during lunch on Friday, September 12 (start time 10:50)

FICTIONAL fun-read: First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover: What makes someone an American?

DISPLAYS: A special display, The Election, can be found in the library after September 9. We will have several copies of the Constitution (for Constitution Day on Sept. 17th) available for viewing those parts of the Constitution covering the election of the U.S. President. Books new to our collection on the Presidents, First Ladies and families will be highlighted.

POET LAUREATE: We are pleased to host Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen, in the Central Library on Wednesday, September 17. He will speak about and share his poetry at 10:05 and 11:20.

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The Medgar Evers Branch of the Jackson-Hinds Library System in Jackson, Mississippi is collaborating with the Conversations Book Club and the Unity Production Foundation (UPF) to host a film screening of “Prince Among Slaves” and a complementing dialogue party to discuss the film and the book of the same name.

The November 1st event will feature UPF’s recently released film, Prince Among Slaves as a means to develop common ground, educate, and serve as a catalyst for improving interfaith relations. Those present will also discuss the book by the same name written by Terry Alford to see how the two relate to our appreciation of history today. (Conversations has chosen the book as the “Book of the Month” for all of its chapters and discussions in the country during November 2008 and is encouraging other book clubs to do the same.)”

We’re always excited to hear of events where community organizations collaborate, and this program shows how different organizations can combine expertise and interests to create a well-rounded experience (e.g., film, book, discussion). If you’re in Jackson, MS, head on over to the Medgar Evers branch on November 1st!

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It’s difficult to say what makes a “perfect” September Project event but I’m sure it has something to do with appealing to as many audiences (and ages) as possible.

Recently we heard from Michelle Sampson, Library Director of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford, New Hampshire. Michelle and her colleagues have organized seven diverse and engaging September Project events that will take place at the Wadleigh Memorial Library from September 7-11.

Events include:

Children can stop into the Children’s Room at any time to write a letter thanking our local fire fighters, police officers, and emergency personnel for the hard work they do to keep Milford safe. We will also have craft projects available; all artwork will be displayed on our “We Remember” board throughout the month of September.

The Wadleigh Memorial Library welcomes entries in our “Remember September” poetry contest. We are looking for poems that show what peace and democracy mean to you. Poems about an everyday hero or the impact of September 11th are also welcome. The winning poem in each age category will be published in The Milford Observer. Entries will be accepted in three categories: 4-5 grade, 6-8 grade, and 9-12 grade.

Please join us this evening in welcoming Terrie Raposo, Program Manager for Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom at the Manchester VA Hospital. She will be joined by her colleague, Dr. Ruef, a clinical psychologist working on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Manchester facility. Ms. Raposo will be accompanied by a NH National Guardsman who will share his personal experiences after returning from a recent deployment to Iraq.

We often take for granted the freedoms & luxuries we enjoy as citizens of the United States. Please join us this evening in welcoming Justin Mazimpaka. A native of Rwanda, he was a college student there when civil war erupted. The conflict eventually led to the genocide of an estimated 1,000,000 people. Justin escaped Rwanda 16 years ago. Come hear his riveting story of survival, escape, and relocation to our very own Milford.

Please join us this evening as we show the documentary The War Tapes, 2006 winner of Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to a 2004 deployment to Iraq, NH National Guardsmen were given small video-recorders to document their experiences. The result is what the New York Times describes as a “moving, complicated movie that illuminates, with heartbreaking clarity, some of the human actuality of this long, confusing war.”

Our Senior Book Discussion Group will meet this month to talk about Thomas L. Friedman’s provocative bestseller Longitudes and Attitudes. The author is a former Pulitzer prize winner and a longtime foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk.

To conclude our week of programs, we welcome Sgt. Major (Ret.) Richard Fredette and a contingent from the NH Military Forces Honor Guard.

An informational presentation on services the Honor Guard provides to NH veterans and their families will be followed by a brief ceremony. Kyn Gdanian, Chaplain of Milford Emergency Services, will officiate and the NH Military Forces Honor Guard will hold a Basic Honors Ceremony in emory of all NH servicemen and women.

After the ceremony, the presentation flag will be put on permanent display in the Library in memory of all NH soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom as citizens of the United States.

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We were so pleased to hear from Roma Baristaite, the Chief Librarian of Lithuania’s Povilas Višinskis Šiauliai County Public Library.

Their events are as follows:

  • Poster exhibition, “September 11th by the World Press” (from September 8 till September 28).
  • Documentary film, “9/11”, by Jules and Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon, 2002 (September 11, 5 pm).

Welcome, Povilas Višinskis Šiauliai County Public Library! We’re honored to welcome your library as a participant in this year’s September Project.

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The Public Library of Empoli, situated in Tuscany, near Florence and the historic Arno River, is again participating in the September Project.

For the past three years, the library has organized events each September, and this year will present a booklet with bibliographic information on international terrorism. (The booklet can be downloaded from the web site of the biblioteca di Empoli.)

We often receive photos of the libraries that participate, and I chose this one to post, as the open door to information, resources, and knowledge is such an apt image, representing both the physical space and the aims of the September Project.

Ben tornato, biblioteca comunale di Empoli!

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