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.
THE CHILDREN REMEMBER
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.
“REMEMBER SEPTEMBER” POETRY CONTEST
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.
COMING HOME: THE SOLDIER EXPERIENCE
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.
ESCAPING RWANDA: THE STORY OF JUSTIN MAZIMPAKA
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.
THE WAR TAPES: A DOCUMENTARY
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.”
LONGITUDES & ATTITUDES: EXPLORING THE WORLD AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH
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.
IN MEMORY: HONORING NH SERVICEMEN & WOMEN
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.