Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when Eureka Public Library District joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind community members that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. This year, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, author and executive producer, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. In her new role, Dias will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

A library card provides free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, television series, puzzles, games, drones, wi-fi hotspots, online classes, ebooks, downloadable music, streaming movies and more. The library also offers everyone access to computers, printers, copier and fax services, wi-fi, area newspapers, a book sale room and free or low-cost educational programs.

Library Card Sign-Up Month isn’t just for new library cardholders, it’s also a great time to renew your library card or update the information on your account. In September, the Eureka Public Library will be kicking off their new Reading Expands Your World theme through a variety of Library Card Sign-Up activities: a photo contest, a coloring sheet for District 140 students, weekly giveaways and a drawing for a fabulous gift basket filled with items from local businesses! All activities are open to new and existing Eureka Public Library cardholders.

To find out how to sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit www.eurekapl.org.

Reading Expands Your World Photo Contest

Eureka Public Library cardholders of all ages are invited to submit an original piece of photography for the library’s Reading Expands Your World Photo Contest during Library Card Sign-Up Month in September. Participants are asked to show how reading expands their world in their photo entry and may only submit one entry per person. Entries will be accepted starting September 1 and ending September 30. During those dates, photographs may be dropped off at the adult circulation desk anytime the library is open. Age groups for the contests will be: child (ages newborn – 12), young adult (ages 13 – 17), adult (ages 18+). Photographs will be on display in the library from October 1 until November 1. Winners will be announced on October 15. There will be one winner per age group for each contest, each receiving a Fujifilm Instax camera. For more information and the full contest rules, visit the Eureka Public Library website eurekapl.org.

9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Education Exhibition

Eureka Public Library is proud to announce its participation in “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World”, a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.

Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath is a reminder that it is impossible to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but everyone has control over how they respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in local communities, serving the nation in the military, caring for the sick, or through other efforts, everyone can help build the world in which all want to live. As history currently unfolds, the ways everyone chooses to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.

This 9/11 Memorial & Museum curated exhibition reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education and inspiration as the nation prepares to observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

 “During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said 9/11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.

The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for Humanities.

For questions or more information on this Exhibition, please visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website, www.911memorial.org, or contact them at: press@911memorial.org.

The exhibition will be available to view in the program room of the Eureka Public Library and on the library’s website, www.eurekapl.org, during the entire month of September.

Fold a Paper Crane

Eureka Public Library will be holding a Fold a Paper Crane program for all ages as a part of the library’s programming for “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” poster exhibition. Chains of colorful paper cranes were a familiar sight across Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11. Learn to fold paper cranes as a way to come together and show support for each other during difficult times on Thursday, September 9 between 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This is a free, drop-in program and no registration is required. For more information, please visit www.eurekapl.org or call the library at 309-467-2922.