September 21-27 is Banned Books Week in the United States, as established by the American Library Association. We can observe it in Canada too. We live in a society where we believe everyone should learn to read, that reading is important, and that people should have the right to read what they want to read. So many of our fundamental rights and freedoms are represented in the fight for educated, literate citizens to have control over what they read. Sadly, our society also has powerful forces that work against those freedoms. Sometimes those countering forces are well-meaning, hoping to protect us from lies, hate, propaganda and such. Sometimes these countering forces are even necessary, as we seek to protect children from pornography and other age-inappropriate material. Yet a free and vital democracy requires that individuals, not the state, determine what is acceptable reading material and what is not acceptable. Parents must be able to protect their children from the mistakes of society, yet the state must also protect children from the mistakes of their parents. There are no easy answers in all this, yet that is not a reason to shy away from this vital issue.
For those born in last few decades, the greatest goal in hockey that they ever witnessed was the “Golden Goal” of Sydney Crosby, the overtime goal which captured the Gold Medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
For others, sandwiched between the baby boomers and the millennials, the greatest goal ever scored, that they saw, came in 1987, as Wayne Gretzky passed the puck to Mario Lemieux, who scored to give Canada a 6-5 victory over the Soviet Union in the third and deciding game of the Canada Cup.
The case can be made for other great goals as well. However, hockey fans in their 50’s or older were witnesses to “The Goal,” what most hockey observers, experts and fans alike, consider to be the greatest goal in hockey history.
In 1972 the Summit Series featured the stars of the NHL, Team Canada, against the Soviet Union. The series was about more than just hockey. It was the height of the cold war, and for many people, this was an extension of that conflict between Soviets, representing communism and totalitarianism, and the democratic, capitalist, “free” countries of the “West.”
1972 was the first time that the best players in professional hockey would be assembled to take on the Soviets, the powerhouse that had dominated international and Olympic hockey since the 1950’s. Canadians were confident that this time it would be different, as hockey was our game, and now we finally had a chance to prove it, “best on best.” For the first time we would send our best players, our NHL stars, to teach the Soviets about hockey.
It didn’t start out that way. The Canadian stars were used to using September to get in shape for the NHL season. They weren’t ready to play and it showed, as Canada only won one game out of the first four games at home, and then dropped the first game in Russia. Down 3 games to 1, with one tie, the Canadians needed to win the final three games in Russia to win the series. They would win the next two to even the series and make the 8th and final game the decider.
What had already been a dramatic series was about to achieve legendary status. Down by two goals going into the 3rd period, Canada clawed their way back to tie the game with about 7 minutes left. In the final minute, Paul Henderson scored to give Canada the lead and the victory in the series.
Canadians had been watching on their television sets, all over the country and around the world. Many Canadians can still tell you where they were when Henderson scored “The Goal.”
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The LTS School Library is proud to work in partnership with Surrey Libraries, your local public library system. You have a wonderful branch right here in the community with the Cloverdale Branch. If you haven’t already been there, you need to check out the amazing central branch facility at City Centre. You also have access to all nine branches of Surrey Libraries.
As a high school student, you will find all sorts of programs designed with your age group in mind at Teen Central.
Fans of baseball and the English language are celebrating the life of Yogi Berra, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Berra is in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest players and managers of all time. He is also the source of:
- “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
- “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
- “Baseball is ninety percent mental; the other half is physical.”
- “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
- “You can observe a lot by watching.”
- “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
- “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
Jay Greenspan was born on this day in 1959. Greenspan would go on to become an actor who performed under the name Jason Alexander. He would land a spot on the television show “Seinfeld,” portraying what some consider to be the greatest comedy character of all time, George Costanza. For more on George Costanza and “Seinfeld”, check out WikiSein.
Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement”, is the holiest day on the Jewish Calendar. For devout Jews in Canada and around the world, Yom Kippur is the most important Holiday, beyond Hanukkah or even the Passover. Many Jews will spend the entire day in fasting, praying and other observances.
In 2015 Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 22, (This is according to the Gregorian Calendar, while the Jewish Calendar is at year 5776.)
For more on Yom Kippur, click here.
The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, begins at sundown on September 21st and concludes on the 26th. Millions of Muslims will descend on Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet, Mohammad, the founder of Islam. It is considered to be one of the “Five Pillars of the Faith” for Muslims to make the pilgrimage once in their life, if they are able to manage it physically and financially.
Celebrate it. Dream of it. Work for it. Enjoy it. Promote it. Demand it. Model it. Protest for it.
In 1981 the United Nations established the International Day of Peace. In 2002 the UN declared September 21 to be the permanent day “Peace Day.”
For more information, check out the official site. And come down to your school library to check out some of our resources on peace, including champions of peace, peace education and more.
Jim Abbott was born on this day in 1967. Abbott debuted as a Major League Baseball pitcher in 1989 for the California Angels. He would go on to play for several other teams, including the New York Yankees. It was with the Yankees that he threw a No-Hitter on September 4, 1993.
Jim Abbott was born without a right hand. He would throw with his left hand while his glove would rest on the end of his right arm. To field the ball he would deftly slip his left hand into the glove. To throw, he would then tuck the glove between under his right arm, and get the ball into his left hand. Early in his career teams tried to exploit this apparent “weakness” by bunting on him, but he was an amazingly effective fielder.
Jim Abbott’s ability to thrive as a professional athlete despite his physical challenges is truly inspirational.
After retiring from professional baseball, Jim began to tour the world as a motivational speaker.
For more on Jim Abbott, check out his website, jimabbott.net
The Reading Buddies program at the Surrey Public Library is looking for volunteer reading buddies. Reading Buddies is a great volunteer opportunity where you can develop your mentorship skills. Being a “big buddy” is a rewarding experience, and counts towards CAPP hours. For more information, check out surreylibraries.ca. You can download an application form there. You can also contact the Youth Services Librarian at the Cloverdale Library to ask questions, and to apply.
The Orientation and Training Session at the Cloverdale Library takes place on September 23, so get your application in right away!