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It’s always a joy to hear from Sandy Whipple of the Goffstown Public Library in Goffstown, NH. She recently shared a description of the events from this past weekend and of those that are scheduled throughout September at her library. We’re always thrilled to get a peek at the events that happen around the globe, and as you’ll see below, Sandy’s photos from the 2009 events at her library did not disappoint.  As always, I’m certain those who attended her programs this weekend were thankful that Sandy and staff take time to organize thoughtful and creative events each September. Here’s what Sandy shared:

Inspired by Bill Erbes of Libraries Remember, we will remain open for 24 hours on 9/11, offering an array of programs, of which the candlelight vigil has become an important component. In addition, we will continue our knit a thon which has produced 750 helmet liners since last September. Sent to deployed troops, they offer a warm, made with love piece of home. We will be repeating the Thank a Hero cardmaking, which this year will include requests for non-military youth in the community to compose notes to military youth which will be included in Operation Military Kids Hero Backpacks. Since NH will be experiencing one of the largest deployments of Guard Members in its history on 9/11, these events are particularly apropos. Multiple showings of the award-winning film, “Taking Chance“, will provide a rarely seen side of a military ritual that illustrates the price of war in a unique, and profoundly moving way.

To round out the month, we will honor Banned Books Week in “Out of Silence”, a collaborative with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Featuring guest readers of all ages, we will lift the imposed veil of silence from the Afghan women who risk so much to have their voices heard.

Enjoy the pictures from last year which include the candlelight vigil, card-making and knitters from our knit a thon.

As always, we hope our September Project offerings will continue to Inspire, Challenge and Engage!

Peace!

Sandy Whipple
Adult Services & Outreach
Goffstown Public Library
2 High Street
Goffstown, NH 03045

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All eight branches of the Arapahoe Library District, a public library system serving more than 200,000 residents living in Arapahoe County and other major suburban counties that make up the greater metropolitan area surrounding Denver, Colorado, are participating in this year’s September Project in a big way. It’s exciting when entire library systems get involved in the September Project, especially when each of the branches organizes different events for their different communities.

On a map, Arapahoe Library District’s participation in the September Project looks like this:

Librarians at Arapahoe Library District have decided to dedicate the whole month of September to Democracy @ Your Library and will be having voter registration and will be distributing constitution booklets at four of their branches. Further, all eight libraries will sponsor September Projects. As Cindy Mares, Program Coordinator at Arapahoe Library District, posted to the September Project listserv, their children, teen, and adult September Project events include:

Children’s Programs:
Wheels Parade and Crafts for Kids – Bring your decorated bike, wagon, or stroller for a patriotic parade around the parking lot! Make a craft to take home and top off the fun with cookies and lemonade!
Red, White and Blue Wreath – Make a wreath of red, white and blue foam and listen to a patriotic story. Ages 4+
Beaded Patriotic Pin Craft – Make a patriotic pin to wear and listen to a story about America. Ages 6-11.
Presidential Plane Race – Build a red, white and blue airplane to race for prizes and listen to a story about our country.
National Treasure: Two groups race to steal the Declaration of Independence and outwit each other and the FBI in order to find hidden treasure. A great action movie!
Shooting Star Memory Box – Keep your American memories in a sparkly box you decorate yourself.

Teen Programs:
Movie Night:
First Daughter:  Samantha wants to be a normal college student, but with the Secret Service protecting her, it doesn’t look likely.
Book Club:
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover: Sameera, adopted Pakistani daughter of a Presidential candidate, is getting a makeover to make her appear more “American”. But what makes someone an American?  (A copy of the book will be available to the first 10 teens who register.)
Program:
Win Your Argument!  Do you like to debate multiple topics with your friends, teachers or parents? Learn the great art of successful persuasion; then apply those techniques to the issues that affect your life!

Adult Programs:
Ballot Speak – Learn about the issues that will be on the Colorado Ballot in November. The League of Women Voters will present an objective view that will help you make informed decisions.
Highline Silver Cornet Band – Enjoy lively patriotic music from the late 19th Century with the Highline Silver Cornet Band.
UltraSoniX Quartet – Members of the Denver MountainAires Barbershop Chapter present a patriotic tableau of soul-stirring red, white and blue tunes with a special tribute to Bob Hope’s USO Shows that toured the armed forces at a time when worldwide freedom was in peril.
Health Care: Issues & Options – With over 40 million uninsured Americans and spiraling health care costs, the need for a better health care system is clear to most Americans. Join Active Minds to look at our options, including how other nations of the world address the issue of health care for their citizens.

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