Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Libraries Remember

My wonderful friend Doug Orlyk just emailed me and let me know about something wonderful. I hope that he doesn't mind my copying his words here to tell you about it.

Doug writes...
"My place of employment, the Bensenville Community Public Library, is commemorating for the 5th year in a row (they started in 2003) by staying open the entire 24 hours of 9/11. It's now 9:30, and I've been at work since 11:30 last night. And I'll be here until a little after midnight. I'm a little groggy but doing well. I got to sing the national anthem and a beautiful song, "I Am One," for our sunrise service in the library's garden at 6:15 a.m. It was chilly, but beautiful.

"Visit www.librariesremember.net for more info on why we do this and what else we're doing. It's the best day of the year at my job. And of course, you're invited to stop by at any time."

As the Libraries Remember site explains...

"Libraries represent the sum of all human knowledge, and they represent equal access to that knowledge. Libraries represent freedom of expression, celebration of diversity, a playing field that is level, preservation of heritage, and commitment to the future.

"There may be nothing more antithetical to terrorism, hatred, bigotry, and fanaticism than the American Public Library."

Thank you, Doug, for all that you do - - on this day and with so many other community service projects throughout the year. You are remarkable.

2 comments:

Dana said...

Very cool. Wish my local library would do this. Incredible idea.

Stephen Rader said...

Dana - Isn't that the best? Doug is a great guy!!!