Area library plans 9-11 commemoration

September 7, 2021

Bryan-Bennett Library in Salem, IL will observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on September 11. Con-gresswoman Mary Miller, State Senator Jason Plummer, and State Representative Blaine Wilhour will be the featured speakers during the ceremony.

Other state legislators who have promised to attend the September 11 ceremony include Senator Terri Bryant; Representative Brad Halbrook; Senator Suzy Hilton; and Represent ative Dave Severin. Judge David Overstreet will also attend.

This ceremony was planned in concert with the Voices and Votes and Illinois Freedom Project Combined Exhibition now showing in the Bryan-Bennett Library Exhibit Hall. The Salem American Legion will be hosting a luncheon for the local and state officials involved in the ceremony.

Bryan-Bennett Library was one of six sites in Illinois to host the Smithsonian exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. The Voices and Votes tour was coordinated in Illinois through Illinois Humanities.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is a timely exhibition which examines questions stemming from the leap of faith taken by American revolutionaries who established a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. Who has the right to vote? What are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens? Whose voices are heard?

Illinois Humanities is also honored to sponsor a complementary traveling exhibition, the Illinois Freedom Project, that explores questions at the heart of the struggle for freedom by and for black people in Illinois. It will also be at the Bryan-Bennett Library through October 2.

The Library has set extended hours for the exhibit. Exhibit hours are: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As part of the Exhibition festivities, the Library will host an escape room activity on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will also be a Grandparent’s Day Story Time at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, and on Thursday, September 16, at 6 p.m., Illinois Arts Council musician Phil Passen will appear in concert. Phil sings and plays the hammered dulcimer.

Bryan-Bennett Library is located at 315 S. Maple St. in Salem, IL.

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