We looked at the calendar and could not believe that it’s September! Where did the summer go? Why are we still dealing with rising numbers of COVID cases and deaths? We had such high hopes for life going back to normal this fall, and those hopes included in-person programs for all ages in the Library. Unfortunately, that will have to wait a little while longer. In place of programs that call for patrons to be in the same space at the same time, we are trying something different.
For children, the Youth Services department has come up with daily reading-at-home suggestions that pair with take & make crafts. We hope to make it easier for parents and other adult caregivers to add early literacy training, which is critical for the younger ones. The calendars can be picked up from the Youth Services department or printed from here. A different craft will be available for pick-up in the Youth Services department each week.
For adults, DPL is hosting September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, a poster exhibition from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Fourteen posters – covering the events of the day, the origin of the attack, the effects afterward, and 20 years later – will be on display through September 29th. We have a reading list in the DPL catalog, a guest book to sign, activities for the kids to make and turn in to be part of the display, and postcards for adults to record memories or thoughts about 9/11/2001. There are many online resources available to learn more about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the victims and the survivors (linked from https://mydpl.org/9-11/ or directly at https://www.911memorial.org/.)
Finally, if you are in the Library on Friday, September 10, 2021 or Saturday, September 11, 2021 there will be a film playing near the display that is geared toward educating younger generations about September 11th, but is appropriate for all ages. Stop and watch a portion or all of the film if you are visiting the Library those days. Please take the time when you come into the Library to view the exhibition and sign the guest book. We will be providing feedback on how the display impacted our patrons to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and we need your thoughts to do this.
For all of the tragedy and death that happened that day there was an abundance of heroism and love that followed. One of the main reasons to commemorate 9/11 is to remember the victims, and all of the amazing everyday heroes who gave their lives to save others. Some were first responders and some were just people who went to work like normal in the twin towers and Pentagon, or boarded a flight then found themselves in the middle of a terrorist attack. Most of them did what they could to help their coworkers and random strangers evacuate or take down a plane. For the September task, read a book about a hero. We all need more heroes in this crazy world.