On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations were killed in terrorist attacks on the East Coast. 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon and 40 people were killed on Flight 93. Those who died also included first responders who rushed to help and ordinary citizens who acted with the utmost bravery. Each of us has a story connected to that day. Each of us continues to carry a memory of that event. How will you remember 9/11?
At the Library, we can help sort through the vast array of information and resources available concerning 9/11. On our shelves, we have over 50 different resources you can check out that specifically address 9/11 from novels to dvds, to gripping first person accounts to the final report from the 9/11 Commission. Some of the more unique resources we have available include:
In the Shadow of No Towers by cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus who, with his family, witnessed the terrorist attacks. This oversized graphic-novel-format book explores the events and aftermath of that day from a very personal and intensely political viewpoint.
Falling Man by Don Dellilo. This novel’s title takes as its inspiration the iconic photograph of the man who jumped or fell from the North Tower on September 11, 2001. This powerfully visceral story follows one man through New York City as he experiences the horrifying events of that day and its aftermath.
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy. This book written for children, tells through beautiful illustrations and brief text, the true story of a Maasai village that gifts 14 cows to America as a gesture of healing in response to the tragic events of 9/11.
But 9/11 isn't just about remembering history; it is also about commemorating people and honoring the future. At the Library, we can direct you to print and digital resources that help us learn about 9/11 and help us commemorate all those involved. Online resources to check out include:
911memorial.org. Established by the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City, this website includes teacher guides and lesson plans, videos, and commemoration planning guides.
911day.org. This website by the international 9/11 Day movement encourages honoring this day with acts of service. It includes inspirations and toolkits for individuals, employers, and non-profits on how to commemorate this day with a positive action.
There are as many stories to 9/11 as there are people. We invite you to share your story on the Library's Facebook page. We also invite you on 9/11, to consider the words of Rudolph Giuliani who was the mayor of New York City on 9/11:
"The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom."
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