Seven Score and 15 Years Ago …

19 November 1863
Seven score and 15 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in US history, The Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address” Delivered by Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on 19th November 1863

 

 

 

Andrew Carnegie Medal Finalists Announced

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2019 Finalists

Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The two medal winners will be announced on January 27, 2019, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle. Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000. All the finalists will be honored during a celebratory event, sponsored by NoveList, at ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Veterans Day Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Veterans Day Holiday Weekend

  • Saturday, November 10 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 11 — CLOSED
  • Monday, November 12 — CLOSED

Even when we’re closed, the library catalog and databases, including ebooks, are available 24/7.

“2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The theme for the 2018 Veterans Day Poster is: “The War to End All Wars” and features a poppy and barbed wire.”

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