The award is part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. NEH and ALA have distributed 17,000 We the People Bookshelf grants to school and public libraries across the country since 2003.
The week of May 24, 2010, all of the county’s public libraries are displaying the new collection, which includes hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “A More Perfect Union” for students in kindergarten through high school. Also included as bonus materials are DVD editions of The Civil War, the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns.
The library will be presenting programs on the theme of “A More Perfect Union” for children, teens and adults through early 2011.
For more information about We the People Bookshelf programs at the library, call or e-mail Cynthia Taylor, (540) 349-1936.
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