By Kelli M.

Labor Day 2023 is Monday, September 4. Check out these EVPL resources to help you celebrate! 

What is Labor Day? 

For many, Labor Day is a Monday in September that allows for a long weekend, no school, and end-of-summer barbeques. But why is this day an important holiday in American history? 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day became an official national holiday in 1894, after years of celebrations by labor organizations, activists, and individual states. Many times filled with parades and festivities, the first Labor Day celebrations were meant to praise the American worker. Labor Day acknowledges American workers and their contributions to the nation’s economy and prosperity. 

More importantly, Labor Day is a nod to the achievements of labor unions and victories over workers’ rights. Employment in the U.S. has been a long-fought battle of fighting for fair and equitable treatment and pay. It is a time to stand up and advocate for workers’ rights and recognize the sometimes brutal history of employment in America. 

EVPL has an array of movies, books, audiobooks, and more for your Labor Day celebrations. Whether you want to learn more about labor history, find a new recipe for your Labor Day cookout, or watch a movie about the funny quirks in everyday work, we have lots of choices available with your library card. 

Special Event

Come and enjoy the movie Norma Rae at EVPL Oaklyn!
Tuesday, September 05 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Movie Description: A poor, uneducated textile worker in a small Southern town joins forces with a labor organizer to establish a union at her mill. (Rated PG; 118 minutes)



Find a new recipe for your Labor Day cookout or picnic




  • U.S. Dept. of Labor. (2023). History of Labor Day. DOL. https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history 
Kelli M.
Programming Librarian

Kelli M.

With 8 locations throughout Vanderburgh County, EVPL is ready to discover, explore, and connect WITH you! We encourage you to uncover new things, revisit old favorites, and to engage with us along the way.

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