Susan is Here!

Here at the Defiance Public Library, we’ve recently welcomed this (unintentionally chilling) cardboard rendering of the indomitable Susan B. Anthony:

Here she is! Unintentionally chilling.

Susan B. Anthony, committed to social equality, played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. As such, what better way to encourage curiosity about the history of voting rights, voter registration, and civic engagement ahead of the General Election? Turns out, there may indeed be better ways, ways that don’t horrify staff and patrons alike when they round a dim corner in a beautiful old library and see…that. So, a few minor tweaks later, and Susan is ready to greet our patrons at the door:

Much better! Still, we’ll be sure to place her in a well-lit area…

All of that aside, if you’re not sure whether you’re registered to vote, click here to find out. There’s more information about voter registration at DPLS libraries on this page. Here are a few great quotes, plucked from around the internet, on the topic:

“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” – Sydney J. Harris

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” – Susan B. Anthony