Labor Day, is celebrated yearly on the first Monday in September. It has been celebrated since the late 1800s and is a creation of the labor movement. The labor movement worked to improve the low wages, long work hours and hazardous working conditions prevalent in the 1800s. Labor Day was created as a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity of our country.
The library has a number of books that enable you to learn more about unions and labor.
Here are just some of them.
Working Hard for the American Dream; Workers and their Unions WWI to the Present [331.8809 GRE]
Why Unions Matter [331.88 YAT]
Mobsters , Unions and Feds [ 364.1 JAC]
American Labor Struggles and Law Histories [ 344.7301 CAS]
Now that you have studied some of the library materials (!?) you will be ready to celebrate Labor Day.
In Harrisburg, Labor Day is celebrated with Kipona. There is food, fireworks and fun on City Island and along the Riverfront Park. This information is taken from their website
HARRISBURG – The City’s 2015 Kipona Festival will be held Sept. 5-7 in Riverfront Park and on City Island featuring live music, the Native American Pow Wow, food and art vendors, canoe races, fireworks and activities for children.
“We will have food and live music all three days on Riverfront Park,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “and we’re not forgetting about the children. There will face painting, balloons, caricaturists and even the Cobblestone Players to make this a true family festival.”
Kipona will be held from noon to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday. City Island will be the scene of the Karate Tournaments on Saturday, Sept. 5, the fireworks show on Sunday, Sept. 6, and the Native American Pow Wow, which will be held all three days. The Senators also will play games all three days on City Island.
Riverfront Park will host the live music stage, kid’s festival, food and art vendors, as well as the Festival of India and canoe races on Monday, Sept. 7.