September 26, 2017 | SuzyQ
Following ratification by the state of Virginia, The Bill of Rights became law on December 15, 1791. Comprised of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, they were written by James Madison in response to requests from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties. The First Amendment reads as follows:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Learn about the long history of dissent in America by checking out some of the following resources available in the Library's collection.
September 22, 2017 | SuzyQ
Autumn has arrived! Fall colors, apples, pumpkins cider, doughnuts, and much more! If you want to check out the beautiful foliage in Michigan - and beyond - use this handy guide to get the best views. (For a refresher course on why leaves change color in the Fall check here.) Then come home and cook up some yummy Fall treats, and relax with some interesting crafts - or even a good book! Or just watch some football! Or hockey! Whatever you do, have fun. The possibilities are endless!
September 19, 2017 | SuzyQ
This September PBS will present Ken Burns' epic ten-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War. Written by historian Geoffrey C. Ward, and including archival footage and historic television broadcasts, it was six years in the making.
September 17, 2017 | SuzyQ
Profiles everyday life in fourteenth-century England, covering everything from period beliefs and styles to hygiene and medical practices, and also discusses the influence of warfare.