One staff member was still in Library School, and actually teaching college freshmen how to use the catalog at Florida State University in Tallahassee. In a closed classroom no one there knew what was going on outside until the class was interrupted because the University was closing. Many hours were spent trying to contact family in northern New Jersey.
Another staff member teaching in Culpeper, Virginia helped reorganize student pick ups to ensure that children whose parents worked in the Pentagon or the greater DC area would not spend the night alone if their parents could not get out of the city.
Here in Harrisonburg, one of the reference librarians was going through her morning routine, when one of our patrons told her about the first hit on the tower. Both thought it was an accident. A phone call from her husband about the second plane at the Twin Towers changed this assessment quickly. After that the CNN site was up on staff computers to answer questions from patrons. The librarian who was on duty in the children’s room also kept CNN up for parents coming in with their children for story time.
Want to see what our local paper had to say on September 12, 2001? You can access it at the library on Microfilm, or through our Newsbank database. Below is a link to the Daily News Record through the MRL webpage. Simply type in September 12, 2001 and you can view the stories from that day.
Valley Family Forum is hosting a 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9-11 attacks at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. The featured speaker will be national security expert Michael Del Rosso, co-author of a recent book entitled Shariah: the Threat to America. The event is free and open to the public.
James Madison University is holding a candlelight vigil for the community at 7 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 11th, on the Quad.
Eastern Mennonite University Events
Planned events provide opportunity for corporate and individual lament, prayer and processing as a local and campus community.
- Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., interfaith gathering, “Turning toward Peace,” Court Square, downtown Harrisonburg, co-sponsored by EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement and others. The time will include reflections, poetry, singing, inspiration and artistic expression for peace. This gathering welcomes Christians, Muslims, Jews, persons in faith or no faith traditions, students and families. The event is open to persons of all ages.
- Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m., National Moment of Remembrance. EMU will toll the bells at Lehman Auditorium for one minute.
- Sunday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., outdoor gathering for reflection, singing, prayer and thoughts on turning toward hope for reconciliation and peace in our world. Sponsored by EMU Campus Ministries. Located on the hill behind the EMU Campus Center.