- Nov 22, 2003
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Library Opens Doors to 9/11 Series
All nine branches will host live acts on local diversity.
By Chad Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 5, 2006
In the hours after the September 11th attacks, many Kitsap residents stunned and unsure where to go went to their local libraries.
As the fifth anniversary nears, Kitsap Regional Library is again inviting residents to discuss who we are as a nation, both before and after the attack.
The library is hosting live performances Sunday and Monday at all nine of its branches. Kitsap Regional Library has teamed up with Seattle-based Living Voices to produce the series, "We the People."
The event will not focus on the terrorist attacks. Instead, the library is commemorating the anniversary by exploring the regions diverse population.
"Were not going to show footage of the attacks," said library spokeswoman Audrey Newell. "We didnt think that would really help anyone. Wed rather discuss who we are as Americans."
A common theme of the one-hour performances is immigration. On Bainbridge Island, for example, the performance will offer a look at the Northwest at the turn of the 20th century through the eyes of a young Swedish immigrant. In Kingston, residents will see what it was like during the 1930s and 40s to be a Navajo girl struggling to keep her culture while living in a government-run boarding school.
"If you want to know who we are as a society, you have to know where we came from," Newell said.
Not everyone is thrilled with the program. The library has heard complaints from residents about discussing immigration at a time when illegal immigration is such a divisive issue.
"Weve gotten e-mails from people who said were taking a political stand," Newell said. "When we were planning this, we didnt think about it this way. But the word immigration is so loaded right now."
The hope is that the performances will help unify the community, Newell said.
"The last thing we need is something else to divide us," she said. "We figure this is the best way to bring us together."