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We were very pleased to hear from the Public Library Berio of Genoa (Italy) this year, which is participating in the September project for the 5th time. Welcome back!

This year our commemoration is called “WAR! – Yesterday’s and today’s conflicts,” a public conference with a slide show by Livio Senigalliesi,  photojournalist.

From the falling of the Wall in Berlin to the civil war in former Jugoslavia, from Iraq to Kurdistan, from the genocide in Rwanda to the wars in Caucasus… the report of more than 20 years of history of the world in the career of a war photography freelance.

Livio Senigalliesi, from Milan, has published wide coverages   on the most important european magazines and newspapers: Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, l’Europeo, l’Espresso, Epoca, Panorama, Il Manifesto, Avanguardia, El Pais, Liberation, Facts, Die Welt, Berliner Morgenpost, Stern, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Time Magazine.

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Cynthia Garrick, the reference services librarian for Yakima Valley Libraries in Washington, just announced details of their September Project, “Coming Home From War.” Yakima Valley Libraries will show Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq. In this heartbreaking documentary, three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini interviews ten wounded soldiers who served in Iraq. The film explores the sacrifices that soldiers make in service to their country.

Following the film, Maria Rivera, the readjustment counselor for Yakima Vet Center and Graciela Marroquin, the Wraparound Care Coordinator for Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health will answer questions about the challenges soldiers face upon their return from combat.


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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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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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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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We were thrilled to hear from our old friend and September Project veteran Cindy Kline, Adult Program Coordinator at Indian Prairie Public Library, from Darien, Illinois. This will be their fourth year participating in The September Project!

This year, Indian Prairie Public Library will be hosting actor R.J. Lindsey who will present Thomas Paine:  Voice of the American Revolution.

Living history actor RJ Lindsey portraying Thomas Paine

Photo from Historyactor’s Flickr Photostream



In the past, Indian Prairie Public Library has hosted other amazing TSP events such as “The Lincoln Douglas Debates” traveling exhibit and “A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson,” portrayed by actor Phil Lauricella.

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When we started the September Project five years ago, Second Life was barely a year old, and barely a blip on the scene, much less a location in which we expected events to take place. This year we have two events happening In World, and this one is the trailblazer. From Riven Homewood:

Freedom and Independence in Virtual Worlds: a Conversation with Tom Bukowski

Sunday, Sept. 21, 1pm SLT
Virtual American Anthropologist Amphitheater, Anteater Island, SecondLife

The Alexandrian Free Library is pleased to present a second discussion led by Tom Bukowski, author of the book Coming of Age in SecondLife. This discussion will focus on the concepts of freedom and independence, and how these concepts are expressed in a virtual world such as SecondLife. It will be the first September Project event ever held in SecondLife.

We will consider topics such as these: What does freedom mean in a place where you can literally look and behave like anyone or anything you wish? How do individuals and communities on SL decide what customs they will follow? Why do many people on SecondLife choose to participate in lifestyles that severely restrict their virtual freedom? What does independence mean in a world that belongs to a private corporation? How much of what we do on SecondLife is determined by the code that runs SL and how much is actually open to
our own choice?

Now this is the beauty of SecondLife: wherever you may be on September 21, consider checking out this event!

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