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Cynthia Dutton has just notified us that Cuba Circulating Library in New York will present a talk by Public Affairs Officer Maj. Katherine Oliver, who was deployed to Afghanistan. She will discuss the people and culture of Afghanistan, with a special emphasis on issues that directly affect women. This talk will complement a book discussion on A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner.

What is so awesome about this event is how it gives people a chance to hear about what life is like in Afghanistan from an American hero who actually served there. We also applaud their efforts to discuss “women’s issues” because matters that concern women invariably concern society as a whole.

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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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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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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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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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