September 11 Programming

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SC Libraries are invited to participate in a special September 11 observance sponsored by the Bensenville Community Public Library District (IL) and OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries).

This program is totally FREE to anyone with an internet connection. Teachers of all disciplines are invited to participate in a special September 11 observance sponsored by the Bensenville Community Public Library District (IL) and OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries). This program is totally FREE to anyone with an internet connection.

On September 11, 2006, Marion Lazan will speak in the OPAL Online Auditorium. Mrs. Lazan is the co-author of Four Perfect Pebbles: a Holocaust Story. You will hear her speak in real-time, view images appropriate to her talk, and have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

    As a girl, Marion and her family were trapped in Hitler's Germany, and they spent six and a half years in refugee and concentration camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany. They were in a cattle car on their way East when they were finally liberated by Russian troops.

    Now in her seventies, Marion is devoting the rest of her life to telling her story. She knows that in a few years  there will be no Holocaust survivors left, yet what happened must never be forgotten. Her story does not dwell on the horror of what she experienced. Instead, her message is one of hope and optimism in the face of extraordinary hardship. She implores us to be kind to one another, to embrace diversity, to always retain hope, to respect one another, and to never look away from intolerance and cruelty. Could there be a more powerful or appropriate message on September 11?

    Marion will speak on September 11, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern time. She will speak for about 30 minutes, and she will then take questions. She will be speaking in an online auditorium, and there is no charge whatsoever to listen. Our hope is that thousands of children and their teachers will spend that hour on September 11 with Marion. She will tell a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive. All who listen will be mesmerized and inspired.

    For more information and to register for the program, visit: www.librariesremember.net

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