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Grand County libraries: Patriotism, patriotic books for Fourth of July

by Edie Strate
Grand County libraries

Parades and picnics, fun and fireworks will be the highlight of our days over the next couple of weeks. Flag Day (June 14) and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday will focus our thoughts on our love for the United States of America. The Grand County Library District offers many additional ways to enrich your holiday and expand your knowledge of our wonderful country.

Our libraries have many non-fiction books on patriots who figured largely in United States history, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. We have books on George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. We have books on John McCain and Barack Obama.

We have books such as “The Greatest Generation,” by Tom Brokaw, and “Defiant Patriot – The Life and Exploits of St. Colonel Oliver L. North,” by Peter Meyer. There are books on the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and all the other conflicts in which U.S. interests have been involved. Our libraries also have a rich and varied collection of western history and the development of Colorado. Most of these can be found in the biography sections or in the non-fiction sections from the 1920s through the 1990s.

Fiction titles are always popular, and for a patriotic season what could be better than “The Last Patriot,” by Brad Thor, or “Patriot Games,” by Tom Clancy. Mark Twain is as witty and all-American as ever with his classic, “Tom Sawyer,” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

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If you are traveling, get many new perspectives with “State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.” In it, 50 different authors write about their favorite state. For driving trips to visit your relatives or for a family trip, audio books are a great way for everyone to share in the experience. You might even get a discussion going! David McCullough, a phenomenal writer who has an extensive knowledge of American history, has his books “1776” and “John Adams” available on CDs. Another selection is “American Creation – Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic,” by Joseph Ellis.

Patriotic music on CDs will get you ready for the parade. Grand County Library District has the newly released “Johnny Cash’s America,” on DVD. It features a broad spectrum of Americans – politicians, musicians, writers, family – to reflect on the power and meaning of Cash as a musician, an entertainer and an American. Another patriotic CD is Lee Greenwood’s “American Patriot,” which has many standard favorites such as “God Bless the U.S.A,” “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.”

The library district has numerous movies that would be great for the Fourth of July, such as “The Patriot,” “In America,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Platoon.”

The Grand County Library District was recently honored to receive a wonderful collection of prints from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Enjoy the great American art – paintings, photos, architecture, and sculpture. They are on display at Juniper Library for June, and will be at the Granby Library for July and August. They will move to the Fraser Valley Library in the fall.

In conjunction with the prints, the GCLD libraries received a high-quality collection of books called We the People, with titles for all ages. These books are selected to highlight important chapters in American history, or to express universal themes that are integral parts of American culture.

Whatever your age and whatever your interests, there are a multitude of resources that you can enjoy for free. Remember, all five libraries in the Grand County Library District share materials, and you can request items from any library to be couriered to your home library at no charge. Come on in and celebrate your patriotism with us!

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