Archive for July, 2009

We were glad to hear from Roma Baristaite, the Chief Librarian of Lithuania’s Povilas Višinskis Šiauliai County Public Library. They will be participating in The September Project again this year by showing three screenings of Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center on September 11. The film is based on the true story of John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, two heroic Port Authority Police Officers who become trapped in the rubble of Ground Zero.  It stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña and Maria Bello.

Siauliai County Povilas Visinskis Public Library participated last year by hosting a poster exhibit “September 11 by the World Press” and the documentary film 9/11.


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The Salado Public Library (Salado Texas) will host a Brown Bag Book Review on Friday, September 11, 2009.  For this event, Susan Krals will review the book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close came out in 2005 and is one of the first novels relating to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  The book incorporates many interesting aspects such as pictures, text, patterns, and procedures (a flip-book style ending).  Also, this book is a great starting point for discussion, which is important for a TSP event!

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This awesome video was created by the New Jersey State Library system a few years ago to encourage patronage in local branches, but I am posting it as a tribute of gratitude to all librarians around the world. In a lot of ways, librarians are everyday heroes in their communities. It’s high time you all get a special shout-out.

The Super Librarian is the main character of a highly successful comic strip campaign to encourage children to use their local libraries for after-school homework help. “Knowledge is her sword and justice is her shield. She is the sworn protector of the written word and thus, the world.” Among her many super powers, she boasts “Extreme knowledge– from all her reading.”

The character has inspired several projects including a professionally illustrated comic strip, a Free Comic Book Day giveaway and a “Why I Love My Library” Youtube/Comic drawing contest for teens.

In addition to making the cover of Library Journal as one of the year’s most innovative library programs, The Super Librarian has helped increase patronage and the number of students who used the library’s homework help phone and internet services. What we love most about The Super Librarian is the recognition it gives to everyday librarians who generously give their time and talent to helping their communities. Rock on!

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We have just received word from program coordinator Cindy Mares that all eight libraries of the Arapahoe Library District will be participating this year.  All of these beautiful libraries are located in Denver Colorado and the surrounding area.  They plan on handing out constitutions in order to recognize the September Project.  The libraries also plan on having four voter registration drives in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

Great TSP ideas!  We look forward to hearing how the events turn out.

Pictures by aldflickr@yahoo.com

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Thirza Krohn, in charge of Aberdeen Timberland Library‘s Adult Services, announced that her Washington library will host storyteller Rebecca Hom who will present tales of peace, justice, and humor from the Islamic World on September 11. Their TSP event is part of their 2009 Timberland Reads Together program: Three Cups of Tea. Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin co-wrote the New York Times Bestseller about Mortenson’s real-life mission to spread freedom and hope to others by building schools in Pakistan. It shows how simple acts can make a great difference in people’s lives even from half a world away.

Aberdeen Timberland Library will have a display of patron-recommended books and will serve tea with Pakistani snacks.

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Patricia Hoffmann, Director of Calvert County Public Libraries in Maryland, has just informed us that they will be hosting Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 11 as their September Project.

Staff will make cookies and brownies for customers to enjoy at each branch of their library system:  Calvert Library Prince Frederick, Southern Branch in Lusby, Twin Beaches Branch in Chesapeake Beach, and Fairview Branch in Owings.

What we love about this TSP is its sweet and simple way of showing the love!

Calvert Library, Prince Frederick

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What does it mean to be a hero?  Some may picture traditional comic book characters, while others think of civil rights leaders.  Or may be, it’s the guy working hard to put his kids through college.  Either way, there are many perceptions of what classifies a “hero.”  This September, the Morton Grove Public Library will host a book review called Heroes by Barbara Rinella.

Barbara Rinella is a former high school English teacher who promotes literature and learning.  Every year, Rinella designs a program that teaches people about books.  For this event, Rinella will be talking about the book The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw.  This book highlights American heroes and heroines during the age of the Great Depression and World War II.  Barbara Rinella will focus on American heroes such as Amelia Earhart and Erma Bombek who are portrayed in this book.

We’re excited to hear that Morton Grove Public Library  will be participating this year and that they have such an interesting event planned!  The event will be on September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

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