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TSP event update:  Just got some exciting news from Esperanza Sanchez in Argentina!

The Argentinean Cultural Institute and Lincoln Library

Are hosting

“Walking in New York”

Intervened pictures and paints by

Sabrina Díaz

August 28th to September 25th at 672 Maipu Street, Buenos Aires – Argentina

The show will be opened from Monday to Friday 9am-9pm

Sabrina Díaz is a visual artist, who graduated from the Visual Art School of Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires. She Specialized in Photography, Digital Art and Painting. At the moment, she is the manager of the Visual Ideas Department, in the Cooperation Cultural Center Floreal Gorini.  Sabrina has been producing and exhibiting her art since 2003.

In the fog of memories, Sabrina Díaz builds her universe. Her visible topic:  New York City. Its buildings, its parks, its skies.  As flashes are fixed in remembrance, this reality will later become a route full of sensation and experience.  Just like in her previous exhibition in 2007, the artist mixes different procedures: digitally intervened pictures, acrylic painting, watercolor pencils applied on canvas or on paper (providing different chromatic effects). The limits between digital and film pictures are no longer clear.  She is producing works in which the general climate goes beyond any technique. New York, the visible subject, becomes a dream, the place where Sabrina Díaz reveals her interior world with an intense poetic dimension.

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Dr. Irina Gendelman just notified us that Saint Martin’s University O’Grady Library in Washington will participate in The September Project 2009 by educating their patrons on the history and current events of Iranian culture.

As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran has contributed greatly to our understanding of literature, art, science, math and philosophy. Therefore, O’Grady Library will:

  • Facilitate a discussion of Twitter and its role in recent Iranian street protests
  • Show Persepolis, a film based on a graphic novel by an Iranian writer Marjane Satrapi
  • Set up an interactive display on Iranian culture. Faculty and students are invited to participate by sharing their classroom assignments that explore the culture(s) of Iran. These projects will be documented and shared with libraries all over the world!

What we love so much about this September Project is that, in addition to being very informative and educational, it creatively utilizes technology to reach people around the globe. By digitally documenting the faculty and student projects, librarians will be able to share these great ideas with countless people. It is truly a global collaboration because participants get a chance to educate the world through their projects.

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One of the best ways to bring a community together is through music. Music can have the power to transcend racial, cultural, religious and generational barriers, just to name a few. In the past few years, librarians all over the world have discovered different ways to use music as a way to share ideas and bring people together through their September Projects. Here are a few examples:

  • Last year Terrebonne Parish Library hosted a community band concert of patriotic songs after surviving back-to-back hurricanes, Gustav and Ike.  Along with photographs of the USS New York (built from melted down scrap metal from the World Trade Center), Terrebonne Parish Library used music to unite and to overcome hard times.
  • Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA celebrated Constitution Day with a musical presentation by their student choral group, led by Cheryl Anderson. They used the music in association with talks by several esteemed professors on constitutional topics.
  • La Biblioteca Centro Lincoln and Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano showed Elvis Presley’s 25th anniversary concert and the documentaries Flashing on the Sixties and Empire of the Industry at the Auditorium. Ricardo Poyo Castro talked about jazz and African American music.  Peter Bronzini, Roberto Moreno’s Quartet and James Murray and Proscenio also performed live shows. In this case, music was used as entertainment and as a tool to educate particpants on history and other cultures.

Musical presentation at La Biblioteca Centro Lincoln

These are just a few of the many musical TSP events hosted by librarians. We’re excited to hear more about musical events for TSP 2009 in the upcoming weeks! If you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to drop us a line and share them!

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Spreading The Word

There is something truly inspiring when libraries can share ideas, knowledge and discussion, yet at the same time, be separated by oceans, mountains and boarders.  Hence our motto, “connecting the world one library at a time.”  Therefore, we encourage all librarians to document their event to the best of their abilities.  Keep the ideas flowing by capturing the event!  (Pictures, blogs, videos, etc.)  Taking advantage of this technology is essential and it is important to extend TSP to people who are interested.  Due to language, location and resources, we realize that achieving this goal is difficult.  But capturing your event may be easier then you think.  Here are some helpful tips:

A great picture of Socrates in New York City.  This was a 2008 TSP event done by the Gottesman Library at Columbia University.

A great picture of Socrates in New York City. This was a 2008 TSP event done by the Gottesman Library at Columbia University.

  • Photos– No matter what language, a picture speaks a thousand words.  Take as many pictures as possible.  There is always time to edit, crop and select the best pictures later.  Most cell phones have built in digital cameras and uploading pictures to flckr.com is an option.  Flickr allows you to create a FREE account and it is an easy way to share pictures.
  • Blogs– As much as we love to blog about events, we will never know how the event really is because we are not there (we wish we could go to all of them!).  It is always better told by somebody who attended the event.  WordPress.com and Blogger.com are free platforms to write meaningful descriptions.
  • Video– This is definitely the difficult option, but usually the end result is more engaging and dynamic.  If you have the experience in filming and producing a video, then by all means, do it!  Even putting a slide show together can be effective.  Youtube.com and vimeo.com are good for uploading videos.
  • Send it to us– As I mentioned earlier, it is always better to get the perspective of somebody who was there.  But either way, we would be happy to write and post pictures of the event on the TSP site.  The more information, pictures, and videos you send us, the better.

If you have any technical questions or problems, do not hesitate to send us an email.  We would be happy to help out in any way possible.  We are anticipating the upcoming events and good luck with your September Project!

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While many of our participating libraries in The September Project are public libraries, we also have several academic and school libraries that host some of our favorite events. What we love about these libraries is that they have the opportunity to reach out to so many students.

This year my academic library, the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library, will be hosting an event that centers around the First Amendment. They will be displaying books and posters that focus on the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Also, here are just a few of the programs that other academic school libraries have hosted in the past:

  • Julia Jorgensen and Cape Central High School in Missouri hosted voter registration, a screening of National Treasure, the Election book display, The First Time I Voted essay collection and a reading by Walter Bergen (Missouri’s first Poet Laureate).
  • Karen Chobot and the Mildred Johnson Library at North Dakota College of Science cleverly combined The September Project, Constitution Day and Banned Books Week into a big event. They displayed posters from the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship, featured a window display of the music industry’s attempt to stop student file sharing and presented questionaires asking students how they think of free speech.
  • Cheryl Carr and Oregon Middle School teamed up with their local public library to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month. They offered applications for public library cards and set up a bulletin board advocating public libraries.
  • The Library Ludwig von Mises at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City commemorated the Month of Freedom and Independence by displaying books on the follwing topics: ethical and philosophical principles of germ independence, the history of the Independence of the United Provinces of Central Americas, the process of separation of the Province of Central Americas and the consolidation of the Republic of Guatemala from the year 1839, and the life and work of Austrian economist Ludwing von Mises.

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This is the fourth year that Goffstown Public Library in New Hampshire will be participating in the September Project.  In past years, GPL has hosted some creative and inspiring events (such as Eyes Wide Open).  This year, library coordinator Sandy Whipple and her colleagues will be hosting a number of truly remarkable events.

Here are a few of the events:

Author Thomas “Doc” Middleton book signing and discussion of Saber’s Edge: A Combat Medic in Ramadi Iraq (Sept. 9)

“Thank a Hero” Card Making – Kids of all ages are invited to create a “thank-you” card to send to servicemen and women, or to local heroes such as firemen, policemen, and public works employees.  (Sept.11)

National POW-MIA Recognition Day Display – Stop in to view The Missing Man Table, a somber display remembering thousands of service men and women whose whereabouts remain unknown.  (Sept. 18)

Education in Exile:  Literacy Instruction in a Tibetan Refugee Community in the Himalayas with Professor Carolyn Gamtso (Sept. 30)

For the complete list of events check out the GPL events calendar.

As well as hosting these events throughout September, GPL will be open for twenty-four hours on Sept. 11.  Also, GPL will be sponsoring a helmet liner knit a thon during their 24-hour opening on 9/11.  The knitting has already begun in places as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Amazing things are happening over there in Goffstown N.H and we look forward to hearing how these events turn out!

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September is right around the corner and we are anticipating the upcoming events.  Recently, we have received word from the Gleeson Library at The University of San Francisco that their event will focus on the first amendment.

photos by:  davidsilver

They plan on having posters for each of the freedoms listed in the first amendment:

1)    Freedom of religion

2)    Freedom of speech

3)    Freedom of the press

4)    Peaceable assembly

5)    Right to petition

Also, they plan on displaying one or two books that relate to each freedom as well as explanatory text about Constitution Day and the September Project.  Finally, the Gleason Library will be providing free U.S Constitution copies and booklets called “Our American Government” from the Government Printing Office.  This should be a great event and be sure to check this one out if you are in San Francisco!

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