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Constitution Day

Constitution Day Book Display
Library Book Display for Constitution Day

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through the public programs, family activities, and online resources sponsored by the National Archives.

Check out the Library’s first floor book display. All library books are available for check-out – just bring the one(s) you want to the Circulation Desk. You can also pick up your free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.

Student Alliance will celebrate Constitution Day by tabling and distributing copies of the Constitution on Friday Sept. 17.

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National Constitution Day – Have You Read Your Constitution?

Have you read the entire US Constitution?  If not, then Tuesday, September 17 is National Constitution Day is made for you!US Constitution

The National Constitution Center offers several ways you can learn more about our nation’s most important document. Read the Constitution, and take a look at some  pertinent primary sources digitized by the Library of Congress. The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank,”  recently published findings entitled “Many Across the Globe Are Dissatisfied With How Democracy Is Working” – food for thought in the upcoming elections.


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Constitution Day at GRCC

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

When I was in high school in the late 1990’s, I took an American History class that ignited my fascination with history.  Moments that happened hundreds of years ago became lingering tales of impossible odds, what-if’s, and everyday people becoming infamous. Reading these stories gave me a connection to a history that seemed remote as a teenager.  Reading my old notes from those days and seeing the supposedly minor historical moments with great repercussions it reminded me how important educating people about the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights.  I will admit that my own knowledge of the writings has decreased over the years, and the resources listed below have been quite helpful.  As we get closer to Election Day in November, it becomes more important to know the why’s and how’s our country came together.

Constitution Day, previously known as Citizenship Day, is a day of celebration and remembrance of the signing of the United States Constitution during the Constitution Convention. Here at GRCC, we will be celebrating Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 18th from 4-6 pm at the ATC auditorium. During that time you can register to vote, get a pocket sized copy of the constitution and enjoy a panel including political science professors. For more information, please see this press release.

To read the Constitution online, check out the National Archives Constitution page that includes links to the amendments along with an easy to use exhibit on the Founding Charters.  At Library of Congress, there are links to primary documents from the birth of our nation. From the U.S. Senate, here is a handy link for a “plain English” version of the Constitution. To learn more about the Constitution and the development of our country on campus, please check out this list of books at the library. For a selection of materials that were referenced during the creation of the Constitution, please see below:

Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes

Magna Carta, or, the great charter of King John

The Spirit of the Laws, by Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Two Treatises of Government: and a letter concerning toleration (e-book), by John Locke

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