In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the library will be participating in "September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World," a poster exhibition and view-on-demand webinar event that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications thorugh the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.
Poster Exhibit: Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 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. The posters are on display in the library's lower hallway. Printing costs courtesy of a DCU grant for programs that make a difference in our community. The posters are made possible by a collaboration between the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. (Library open hours for Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday 9 am - 2 pm)
Anniversary in the Schools Webinar: The 30 minute webinar will be available at 911memorial.org/webinar. Log in at any time beginning Friday, September 10 to view the program on demand. The live chat with 9/11 Memorial Education staff will be available from 9 am - 3 pm EDT on September 10 and 11. To access the video, participants will be prompted to answer a brief set of questions. Participants will learn about 9/11 through personal stories from 9/11 family members Cait Leavey, Brielle Saracini, and John Spade, first responders from the FDNY and PAPD, and a student on 9/11, and ask questions through a live chat with Museum staff. The webinar is made possible in partnership with the New York Life Foundation. To view a trailer of the webinar visit the Museum's website here.
Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick, or thoguht other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond - both large and small - can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.