September 12 (Monday) will be a film about the life of Thomas Paine, acted by Ian Ruskin and to be shown later in fall on PBS. Come to the Library for the 6pm film showing and enjoy some tasty 18th Century refreshments while enjoying a truly fascinating life story. We will have a drawing for a copy of Common Sense, his historic pamphlet.
Thomas Paine wanted two things above all others for America and the world:
1) True democracy. Paine saw the right to vote as the foundation of democracy. He also saw that the elected must always have the same concerns as the voters.
2) Religious freedom. Paine had great respect for everyone's freedom to worship as they choose. Church and State must be separate.
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, a pamphlet that sparked support of the American Revolution among the common citizens and sold the equivalent of 70 million copies today. Paine is considered to be one of the greatest propagandists in the history of the English language.
Intellectual Freedom is the core of Library service. The ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely is one of the core American values. As Thomas Paine wrote in Dissertations on First Principles of Government: "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precendent that will reach to himself."
Call the Library 440-293-6792 to Register for this free event!