We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. I was in my classroom, sitting in a circle with 8th grade students working on some writing. The sky was spotlessly blue and a light breeze blew through the trees. On days like that I always think, “If every day were like today, there would be peace in the world.” Yet, on that day, torturous pain and terror seeped through our country. There was no peace.
As Americans, we rallied and supported one another. Candles burned in windows throughout that night. Phone lines were bogged down as friends and family reached out.
This week, as we think back to that day–12 years ago now–we need to embrace our desire for peace while still honoring the importance of memory. In the library is a display of books–feel free to stop by and check them out. We have Artie Spiegelman’s graphic novel version of the day, as well as biographies of key players like Osama bin Laden. Novels have been written about the human experience of that day, and we also have information about the war that ensued in Afghanistan. I also have original magazines from that week that you are welcome to peruse at the front desk.
Here are some online resources for you to peruse as well:
Today in History
Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
The 911 Digital Archive
Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive
The New York Times: September 11 Information
9-11 Commission Reports