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Archive for August 31st, 2008

first Missouri event!

I was reminded by Julia Jorgensen, from Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, MO, that her school’s events are the first this year from the state of Missouri AND this is the FIFTH year her school has participated. She remarked that this “is significant to us!” and I share her enthusiasm. It’s significant to us when a participant’s events are the first pin placed on a state or nation on our map, and we’re so pleased to extend a gracious “welcome back!” to her school for the 5th time. Welcome back, Cape Central High School!

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This year, the Yakima Valley Libraries welcome community members to learn how a neighbor’s life–and perhaps their lives–are connected to those in Afghanistan. Cynthia Garrick, Reference Services Librarian at the Yakima Valley Libraries, let us know about their compelling event this September:

As part of the September Project at Yakima Valley Libraries, Dr. Ken Zontek, history instructor at Yakima Valley Community College, will describe his perspective on 9/11, its relationship to his subsequent Afghan deployment as an Army officer, and post-deployment effort to improve Afghan lives working with a women’s shelter in Afghanistan.


His talk is entitled “From Big Apple to Apple Capital to Afghanistan; Emotion, Reason and Commitment” and will take place on September 11 at 6:30 at the Summitview Branch Library.

If you’re in Yakima this September, be sure to visit the library!

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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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