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Do you remember the first time you voted? I do. It was incredible. I believed–as I do now–that my voice made a difference, that I had the ability to shape events larger than myself. This swell of memory put a smile on my face as I read about the events at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Read on:

VOTER REGISTRATION: Students 17 1/2 and older will be encouraged to register to vote on Patriot Day. Addresses can be changed on voter registration cards for those who may have moved recently.

BOOK, WEB SITE and more: Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. 50 celebrated Americans—from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Hayden Panettiere to Alice Walker— share their compelling perspectives on voting and civic involvement in this one-of-a-kind book. This collection of more than fifty essays and unique pieces explores topics ranging from “The First Time I Voted” to “Why the Personal is Political,” all straight from the pens of public figures you know and admire. Declare yourself. http://www.declareyourself.com will be shown on the Smart Cart during lunch on September 11 and excerpts from the book will be shared.

MOVIE: We will show National Treasure, a great action film, during lunch on Friday, September 12 (start time 10:50)

FICTIONAL fun-read: First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover: What makes someone an American?

DISPLAYS: A special display, The Election, can be found in the library after September 9. We will have several copies of the Constitution (for Constitution Day on Sept. 17th) available for viewing those parts of the Constitution covering the election of the U.S. President. Books new to our collection on the Presidents, First Ladies and families will be highlighted.

POET LAUREATE: We are pleased to host Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen, in the Central Library on Wednesday, September 17. He will speak about and share his poetry at 10:05 and 11:20.


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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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planning a september project event for teens? consider using kids, know your rights! a young person’s guide to intellectual freedom, a four-page electronic publication that can be downloaded for free.

kids, know your rights

using kid-friendly language, the brochure is divided into six sections: 1) a brief introduction to the history and importance of intellectual freedom in the US; 2) challenges to the first amendment (especially in libraries); 3) defending intellectual freedoms (including an excellent set of suggestions for young people interested in fighting censorship); 4) issues of privacy and confidentiality; 5) respecting, listening to, and learning from the opinions of others; and 6) an annotated reading list of seventeen fiction and non-fiction titles for further exploration.

kids, know your rights! was written by members of the intellectual freedom committee of the association for library service to children (ALSC), a division of the american library association (ALA), and beautifully designed by amanda o’brien of skokie (IL) public library.

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