125 Years of Celebrating Workers
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is a "national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." So, it's a celebration of all of us! No matter what work you do, we hope that you feel appreciated this Labor Day. Labor Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1894, 125 years ago. Here is the full Department of Labor history of the holiday, in case you are interested.
BiblioTech branches will be closed for the holiday on Monday, September 2, but you can always access our online resources. Here are some ideas for celebrating Labor Day with your BiblioTech library card:
- The Washington Post published a list of books to read to celebrate Labor Day a few years ago and you can find many of them in our collection. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is available on RBdigital in audiobook and ebook format, for example. (Almost all the rest can be found on our cloudLibrary app.)
- Since Labor Day was founded during (and perhaps because of?) the Gilded Age, you might check out The Great Course's America in the Gilded Age, a series of video lectures led Professor Edward T. O'Donnell.
- You can also always find something good to watch on Stingray Qello or Hoopla!
Beyond BiblioTech, be sure to check out some of the amazing things going on in San Antonio this weekend! San Antonio Magazine has a really great list of things to do, including the Labor Day Party at Pearl Park. Also, don't miss Labor Day Weekend at Market Square!