Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-11-07

Vote!

For those readers in the US, a reminder to vote tomorrow!

A brief history of voting in the US, including who was allowed to vote. From the Library of Congress.

Urban Legends about the "ballot box" from snopes.com.

Why are elections held on the first Tuesday of November? Slate has an answer. As does infoplease.

More information on elections from Wikipedia.

Here's my question of the day, for all you history majors: What is the earliest known instance of people voting for their government officials?

Library ideas: displays of books and movies about voting. Two recent favorites about women's suffrage are With Courage and Cloth by Ann Bausum and Iron Jawed Angels starring Hilary Swank. Also, holding "mock elections." At my branch, we're going to be voting on favorite book, favorite movie, and favorite sport. Since we're a small branch, elections run all month. I'll let you know the winners!

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