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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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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.)
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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some september project libraries highlight materials that relate to issues that matter like peace. some september project libraries work with various civic institutions to provide civic education. and some libraries, like aberdeen timberland library, do both.


we recently heard from thirza krohn, senior/adult services librarian at aberdeen timberland library, and they’ve planned some excellent september project events:

We first collected what we had locally [books, videos, dvds, children’s books in English and Spanish, etc.] on the broad and important subject of PEACE.

We were later contacted by the local community hospital, who asked us to be in touch with the County Emergency Preparedness Agency because September was Emergency Preparedness Month. They are providing handouts which they would like us to distribute; and they want us to support their display with our books. Cooperating with the hospital and the county for Emergency Preparedness sounded like a very good idea to us. Our librarian then took the idea to the City Council meeting and the Aberdeen City Fire Chief has provided us with information to distribute as well. This display is now a collaborative effort among the Aberdeen Timberland Library, the Grays Harbor Community Hospital, the county of Grays Harbor Emergency Management Department, and the city of Aberdeen. We are very pleased to join with these agencies in promoting emergency preparedness.

We felt that both these displays would be appropriate for The September Project. They will be on display beginning next week.

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