Events, Library life

Looking back on 9/11


For the 15th anniversary of the events of 9/11/2001, we put up an interactive display in the library’s lobby. The prompt was simple: “What do you remember about 9/11/2001?”

From students, faculty, and staff alike, we got a moving array of answers, which are transcribed below.


“I was in College Algebra, and an Administrator came in and announced, ‘All classes are cancelled!’ We were confused and went to the front of the building, to see the news. I just remember everyone saying ‘We are under attack,’ and driving home to be with my family. I don’t think I slept that night.”

“I was in the 1st grade and didn’t really understand what was going on. R.I.P. to the individuals [who lost] their lives during all attacks.”

“I remember nothing but PAIN.”

“I was 4 years old and my mom was crying. I didn’t understand.”

“I remember when I was only 5 years old, my mom received a call from my uncle saying that they were bombing the World Trade Center again. So she turned on the TV and saw both towers smoking. She later found out that two planes crashed into the building.”

“I was 5 years old on 9/11/2001 and I don’t remember what happened.”


“I was teaching my 4th grade class when a co-worker alerted us to the crazy news that a plane had flown into the WTC. We turned on TVs to follow the developing story, hardly believing what was happening. #neverforget”

“I was watching Oprah, and I cried. I was so shocked by the great tragedy. I want to remember the victims.”

“I was very young but I remember my mom and dad frantically calling the people they knew that lived there in New York. We had to do several reports on the event in school and it seemed like the entire nation was depressed and scared.”

“I remember how unreal it seemed.”

“It was a vague memory.”

“I was in 5th grade, living in Oregon. At school, we spent the whole day watching the news and discussing & journalling about it.”

“We lived in CA & got a call from MI — telling us to turn on the TV. We were sleepy but did — just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the towers. Everything was surreal. We could not believe what we were seeing & at the same time was very worried for family in NY. It was a sad day but a miraculous one too.”


“I lived in Tucson. I was watching the news at 6 a.m. (9 a.m. in NYC) & watched the towers come down. I remember the confusion in the voices of the newscasters as we all watched. I called my family in NYC. Then my friend whose husband was a pilot for United — to be sure he was OK. I worked at an eating disorder treatment center & had one patient who came in (about in October). She had worked in the towers & missed the elevator — all her friends died. She lived & was traumatized. I remember American flags everywhere. And our nation felt like it was extra patriotic & close.”

“I saw the Towers in NYC get destroyed by airplanes, back to back. I also saw a plane hit the Pentagon.”

“It was a day of ‘infamy’; evil at its worst and best. A day that I knew America will never be America as it once was. A day of terror beyond imagination. Fear & dread was now the new norm.”

“I was in the 2nd grade, we always started school lined up with prayer. After we left to go to class, while in class I remember the teachers being pulled out of class. When they came back, the TV was turned on and we watched a plane fly into the second tower. I was too young to understand what was happening at the time but I remember the shock on everyone’s face. It was a really sad day, we didn’t do any work that day as we watched the events unfold. Till this day I still think about those families affected & I send a prayer for them as they remember.”


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Events, Library life

Blind Date with a Book


In light of Valentine’s Day coming up on Sunday, we’ve brought back Blind Date with a Book. On the table by the front desk, we’ve set up a group of books and DVDs that have been wrapped up and given a few brief descriptors, like “graphic novel” or “set in the 1890s.” Feel free to drop by and see what we have — will you dare to pick out an item and take it home, sight unseen?


Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Folk dancers, Peru

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we can learn about, commemorate, and celebrate the history and contributions of Hispanic cultures. As the event’s official website explains, “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”

“Why is it celebrated from September 15 to October 15?”

This event is designed to encompass several important days in Hispanic cultures. To begin, September 15 marks the independence of five Hispanic nations: Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The next few days recognize the independence of Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). October 12 is another important holiday in many Hispanic countries. It’s usually celebrated as Columbus Day, to commemorate the man who first brought Spanish culture to the New World. However, in many places, the day has been re-dedicated as Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (Argentina), Day of the Race/Day of the Hispanic People (many countries), Day of the Americas (Uruguay and Belize), Day of Indigenous Resistance (Venezuela), Day of the Cultures (Costa Rica), or Indigenous Peoples’ Day (many U.S. cities), to shift the focus onto the local people whose lives were changed by Columbus’s journey.

Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

“What is the library doing to honor this event?”

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the library will have several displays of books and media by prominent Hispanics and about various Hispanic cultures.  We encourage you to borrow these materials and learn more about this rich heritage.

We will also be honoring Hispanic Heritage Month here on this site, with articles and reblogs. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact the site administrator at rbrothers[AT]oakwood[dot edu].


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