“Fall into a Good Book” at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District. The library has many new fall titles that might interest you. If you come to the library, remember to bring your library card and wear your mask. Masks are required.
When you are visiting the library, you may want to stop in the front room and view the constitution week display then check out some books on the founding fathers (Dewey # 973.4).
Constitution week is something that I have taken part in for many years. As part of the Rochelle Chapter NSDAR, we annually celebrate this important week in our nation’s history.
“Constitution week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.
This celebration of the constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of constitution week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The DAR has also erected a structure that is built in tribute to the constitution of the United States. DAR Constitution Hall, which is a performing arts center, opened in 1929.
The aims of the constitution week celebration are to:
Emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the constitution, inform people that the constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the constitution in Sept. 1787.
Constitution week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.” (https://www.dar.org/national-society/education/constitution-week).
Our mayor and the City of Rochelle will sign and commemorate a constitution proclamation at the city council meeting this month. It is an important document to remember and continue to live by. This year marks the 233rd birthday of our nation’s most important document.
Sarah Flanagan is the director of the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District.