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The other night over Spanish tapas, the topic of this year’s September Project came up. We talked about our desire to encourage volunteers, not just because we continue to run this effort as volunteers ourselves, and not just because it’s easier to have more people involved, and not just because our budget has read “zero” for almost the entirety–8 years–of the project, but because the project is about people. Librarians, specifically, but people who attend, who collaborate, who make this project what it is. The more people who participate, the more successful the September Project (and I’m not talking about individual libraries that participate, necessarily, but people who attend, who organize, who lend a helping hand).

This year, as in past years, we’re always interested in welcoming other voices to the project: bloggers, tweeters, folks who want to lend their brains to dream up exciting and new ideas. If any of this resonates with you, please leave a comment, or drop us a line: septemberproject AT gmail dot com.

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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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We have just received word from program coordinator Cindy Mares that all eight libraries of the Arapahoe Library District will be participating this year.  All of these beautiful libraries are located in Denver Colorado and the surrounding area.  They plan on handing out constitutions in order to recognize the September Project.  The libraries also plan on having four voter registration drives in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

Great TSP ideas!  We look forward to hearing how the events turn out.

Pictures by aldflickr@yahoo.com

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Each summer brings new excitement around the Fall’s installment of September Project activities, and this year we injected a bit more energy into the project in the form of three whip-smart Research Assistants.

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Teresa, Sam, and Laura convened recently with David and me to dream big about the project this year. Sam had ideas about using social media, Teresa took the lead on managing the new Who is Behind it? page, and Laura mused about creating a video that describes the project.

We expect great things from this group of USF students (keep checking back to see their progress) and we look forward to hearing more about what you’re planning this year!

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