Grand County Library District is the Recipient of "A More Perfect Union" Bookshelf
July 14, 2010
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has selected the five branches of the Grand County Library District to receive the 2010 “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and through the Bookshelf; the NEH is inspiring reflection on the idea of the United States as a “union.” Our Constitution, the Preamble proclaims, was intended to “form a more perfect union.” Since 1776 our motto has been E Pluribus Unum-“Out of Many, One.”
In 1861, as President Lincoln considered his response to secessionist states, he declared his “paramount object” to be to “save the Union.” The theme of the Bookshelf considers the nature of the “union” that the Founders formed and Lincoln sought to save, the role subsequent generations have played and what we might envision today to continue our perfect union.
This year’s bookshelf award, the seventh in the “We the People” series, consists of a collection of 17 classic hardcover books for young readers in English and Spanish related to the theme “A More Perfect Union.” In addition there is a complete DVD edition of The Civil War: A film by Ken Burns, the companion book to The Civil War series and Declaring Independence: The Origin and influence of Americas Founding Document .
These books are now on display and available for checkout at all the Grand County libraries. Certificate and prizes are being awarded to readers who complete all the books in their age category.