It was with great anticipation that we received a post to our listserv from Sandy Whipple, the Adult Services/Outreach Coordinator for the Goffstown Public Library, in Goffstown, NH. We were excited to read Sandy’s post, because for the past three years, her words describing her library’s programs filled our imaginations and caused us to pine for a plane ticket to the other coast.
From films to traveling exhibits about the cost of war, to an inspired program where the community was invited to express on paper stars their “wishes for the world,” this year, like those past, Sandy and her colleagues have organized another program worthy of anticipation. From Sandy:
Finding inspiration in the words of Bill Erbes, we will join in the Libraries Remember initiative, opening our doors at 12:01 AM on 9/11 and remaining open until 11:59 PM. During that 24 hour period, we will conduct business as usual in testament to and celebration of our many freedoms. In addition, a Banned Books display and exhibit from the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship will be featured. Our Friends of the Library will provide coffee, tea and refreshments throughout the night.
On Tuesday, September 16th, we will host a New Hampshire Humanities Council program entitled A Short Course on Islam for Non-Muslims. We will be joined by Chuck Kennedy, Professor Emeritus of Religion from Virginia Tech, as he discusses the interaction between and among the three major monotheistic faiths and their effect on life and politics on the world stage. Beginning with a reading of the Apostle’s Creed through Muslim eyes, he will discuss the differences and similarities among the religions.
Scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th is a showing of The War Tapes, the first war movie filmed by the soldiers themselves who also happen to be members of a NH National Guard Unit. Straight from the front lines in Iraq and winner of Best Documentary at both the Tribeca Film Festival and the BritDoc Festival, the film provides a rare and raw glimpse of these men at war as well as a portrait of their families as they struggle with their roles on the homefront.
During Banned Books Week running from 9/27 until October 12, along with our display and exhibit, we will hold a Young Adult “Create a Poster” contest based the celebration of our rights as Americans. There will also be a daily Banned Books Quiz. Winners will receive a copy of a banned book.
Our final event will be a discussion of The True Patriot facilitated by a faculty member of St. Anselm’s College Institue on Politics. Begging questions such as “what is a true patriot?”, “does patriotism require more from individuals than wrapping oneself in the flag?”, “have we diverged from the path laid for us by our founding fathers?”, the discussion promises to be an engaging one.
Throughout the entire month, we are making our staff and film equipment available to individuals, families or groups wishing to film 20 second “Shout Outs” or words of encouragement to be sent to our troops via Armed Forces Network.
Goffstown did it again–what an impressive program! We look forward to hearing more about how their events were received, and hope to share photos of their library, too. (hint, hint!)