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From the organizers:

The Clairemont Library in San Diego, CA will honor September 11th by hosting a presentation by Colonial Educators called “Overview of Early Years of Colonial America”. This program also fits into the National Endowment for the Humanities bookshelf grant that we received called “A More Perfect Union”. We will have programs through April 2011 based on American history.

Celebrate the right to read and think freely!

This inspired (and fun!) all-day event is organized by faculty and staff at the University of Toledo. Open to the public, it features 20-minute presentations about the right to read and think freely, punctuated by song, poems, doughnuts, and door prizes. When has a vigil sounded so fun? From the organizers:

“We are not a library, but we do an all day vigil to celebrate the right to read and think freely.  This fall, we celebrate our 13th anniversary of joining folks around the world in joining the American Library Association’s observance of intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week.  I’m attaching a fact sheet and speaker’s list of our event in case you want to use the information anywhere on your site.  Even if you don’t think we belong on your map, I thought you might like to know about our event.  Last year just over 500 attended our all-day event.”

Find this event on our map, and be sure to attend it if you’re in the area. More info:

When:        September 30, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Where:       UT Honors Program Building, second floor of Sullivan Hall
Who:          UT faculty, staff, and Toledo area residents will give 20-minute presentations about the right to read and think freely. Edmund Lingan and Risa Beth Cohen will sing “Three Troubled Tunes” at 5:30 p.m.

It’s always such a joy to hear from Roberta Malcolm, of the Country Day School in Huntsville, Alabama. Her programs are thoughtful and creative, and the few times we’ve had an opportunity to see them through photographs, our assumptions were correct: the children are engaged and enthralled by Roberta’s inspired programming and pedagogy. I’ll let her share what she has planned for 2010:

Since 2002, I have honored September 11th with some special reading, display or movie. In 2009 we watched Man on Wire and sent a letter to M. Petit. In the past, we have talked about the dog heroes, tugboat heroes and I will never stop reminding the students about what a wonderful country we live in. I will continue that tradition this year with 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas González (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. I just returned from a trip to Africa ( So. Africa,Tanzania, and Kenya) which my students have been hearing the planning for during the past school year. During my travels, I was able to visit a Maasai village and school. My students will hear about my visit in connection with September 11th and how that event has impacted the world.

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.

Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington has announced their participation in the September Project. Their events focus on “how libraries can help explore controversial topics.”

A Digital Journalism class will explore the controversy surrounding the Olympia food co-op’s Saint Martin's Universitydecision to boycott Israeli products (on a local scale) and issues surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (on a global scale).

The Digital Journalism students will research the topic and create a slide show which will include 40-80 quotes, various sources and images, representing multiple perspectives on the issue. The slide show will run on the library wall monitors during a week in September. This slide show will also be made available online.

September Project 2010

Back in spring, we asked members of The September Project about the future of the project. In particular, we asked whether or not the project – now in its 8th year – should continue.

Some of you answered, absolutely, the project should continue:

“Freedom, community, etc. do not go out of style, and new generations need to hear the message.”

“In this time when anti-intellectuals, intolerant people, and the ignorant are rampant, we need things like The September Project. If anything, it needs to expand.”

And some of you answered, it’s time for the project to end:

“When the September Project drifted away from its original purpose of remembering 9/11 in a coordinated movement it lost its interest to me.”

“Programming occurs year round. No need to designate events in September as The September Project in order to attract audiences.”

Much of what we heard from you were statements encouraging us to continue the project. One such statement was particularly moving:

“I think the September Project taps into the essential purpose of libraries in our community and our world. While we could do this alone, I think doing it together makes the message so much more powerful. It links us to something outside our community and it forges a bond for our common purpose. It also helps draw attention by the media by being something bigger than just our communities. Please let’s find a way to keep this project going for years to come.”

Let’s find a way:  welcome to The September Project 2010!

This year, we’d like YOU to help contribute content by blogging on our site about events, about ideas, and about your library’s participation. We’re not asking for much; if a group of people blog a few times, we’ll have more community-inspired content providing a more rich experience for participants.

If you plan to participate in the project this year, please consider writing just one blog post. The more voices, the stronger the community.

If you are interested, please contact us – either by email, by replying to the mailing list, or, preferably, by adding a comment below.

Soon we’ll post more information about this year’s project, but in the meantime we want to welcome all of you to The September Project 2010.

surveying the landscape

david and i would like to know your thoughts on the future of the september project. if you have participated in the project, please consider completing a short survey. we’d love to hear from you. thanks!