Wednesday, August 17, 2011

9/11 Anniversary Tribute

On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever....
Americans held their breath as the horrible news of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center's North Tower spread across televisions and over the airwaves. At first we were shocked by the idea that a plane could malfunction so tragically, but then the news broke that another plane had struck the South Tower and we knew this was no accident. The tragedies where never ending that day. Two more hijacked planes would meet terrible ends, crashing into the Pentagon and a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Many people gave their lives on 9/11 - firefighters and police officers rushing into towers that would collapse; innocent people trapped in the buildings and on the planes; a group of passengers who took matters into their own hands and forced their plane down before it could hit its target.

Quilt by Carroll Labarthe
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, a mini-exhibit is on display just outside the Pennsylvania Room. The exhibit includes a mixture of photographs, newspapers, magazines, posters and more.

Featured in the display is a hand-painted, pieced and quilted wall hanging designed and created by local resident Carroll Labarthe. The quilt depicts one of the Twin Towers, and was inspired by a photograph from the New Yorker.

The mini-exhibit can be viewed during normal library hours, and will remain up through the end of September.

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