Community libraries host Veterans Day-related events and veterans services

Two years after Sept. 11, 2001, the impacts of that day showed up in Jeb Wyman’s class.

Veterans Day-related events and veterans services are available at several community libraries. 

“The first post-911 veteran who self-identified to me was in the fall of 2003,” said Wyman, an English professor at Seattle Central College. “He said, ‘I’m being deployed to Baghdad. I have to withdraw from all my classes.’”

Wyman will tell that story and others from the more than 70 he collected from veterans in a presentation from 5:30-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 at the Coupeville Library. Wyman, who also teaches a Clemente Course, focuses on the impacts of war on the human spirit, the myths and realities of combat and how the humanities can help.

“I’ve done this (across Washington) and there are some pretty emotional conversations after the presentations,” Wyman said. “I start by telling some stories that are in the book. I come with books to give to everyone who attends; I give them away because my interest is getting these stories out there.”

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and Wyman’s presentation is one of a number of Sno-Isle Libraries events and services available for and about veterans, including:

Veterans Services Outreach

  • Sultan Library
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • WorkSource veteran representative John Cruz will be at the library to help veterans seeking employment and to assist with questions about veteran benefits. Appointments not necessary.

World War I: Did We End All Wars? – with Paul Bloch of the Museum of Flight

  • Coupeville Library
  • Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI, “The War to End All Wars.” Supported by the Museum of Flight and Friends of the Coupeville Library.

Coming Home – How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War

  • Coupeville Library
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • This Humanities Washington presentation asks: What is the true nature of war, and how does the experience of war affect the human heart?  How have the myths and realities of combat, and the invisible wounds of war, been portrayed over the ages? Presented by Seattle Central College Prof. Jeb Wyman.

Humanities Washington presents Hollywood and the Homefront – Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II

  • Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2-3 p.m.
  • During WWII, Hollywood contributed morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and more. See the still-powerful images, radio and film with audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen.

Veterans Day Weekend Card Making for Operation Gratitude

  • Arlington Library
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Join us this Veterans Day weekend for a card-making event to thank our men and women in uniform. Anyone old enough to create encouraging cards and messages for our heroes is welcome.

Veterans Services Outreach

  • Monroe Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 9-10 a.m.
  • Snohomish County Veterans Assistance Program staff will be available to provide veterans’ services. Have a question about anything veteran-related? Give them an opportunity to find answers!

Veterans Info Fair

  • Sultan Library
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Age group:  Adults
  • Event type:   Community Event
  • Veterans-assistance staff from WorkSource of Snohomish County will be available to answer questions. Appointments not necessary.

Veterans’ Services Outreach

  • Marysville Library
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 12:30-4:15 p.m.
  • Snohomish County Veterans Assistance Program staff will be available to provide veterans’ services and benefits counseling. Give them an opportunity to find answers!

Sno-Isle Libraries also maintains a veterans resources page, with information ranging from job search information to a veteran-related booklist.