We have made a commitment to have book diplays up all the time and we've been having fun creating them. It's a natural fit to have displays associated with the various holidays and this year our volunteer decorator, Elizabeth Berkholtz, came up with a new idea for Thanksgiving. The book displays for this uniquely American holiday revolve around the "four freedoms" put forth in a speech to the nation by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1942. The four freedoms were Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. The country's most well-known artist at that time, Norman Rockwell, was inspired by the speech to create a series of sketches based on the four freedoms. These were published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943 and would go on to be some of Rockwell's most famous works.
Rockwell had the idea to take the four freedoms and apply them to some normal everyday life events. The sketch for the Freedom from Fear shows American parents watching over their sleeping children - the idea being that this is a normal occurance in the course of a day for the average American family. However what is implied in the sketch is that the family is free from the ravages and fear of World War II. At the time the sketch was done, London was living under the relentless bombing campaign, known as the Blitz, by Nazi Germany. While geography certainly had a hand in keeping U.S. kids safe in their beds, so did the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers who were fighting overseas at the time. Based on the background information about this particular sketch we decided to feature books about World War II and about the people who experienced it in varous ways.
The other displays feature some of our books on religious beliefs and worship, including new ones purchased with a donation from Sacred Heart Parish, books that deal with our treasured right to free speech and holiday cookbooks to demonstrate the abundance of food that is grown and harvested in this country.
All of the books in the displays are waiting for someone to check them out - come on in and take a few off of the shelves. You will make our day if you do.