Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Titanic Tales

100th Anniversary :
RMS Titanic 1912-2012
We all know the story. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southhampton with 2,200 passengers and crew on board.  Four days later, the ship hit an iceberg.  Here's a quick list of latest reads on this infamous event, as lead in to the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking.

The Band that Played On : The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner
The Titanic sank as the ship's band played tunes to calm passengers.  Turner explores the lives and legacies of the musicians who stayed.

Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg
This YA book presents the true story of the building and launching of the Titanic, offers a "you are there" feeling, and details the recollections of actual survivors and their experiences in the lifeboats.

The Watch that Ends the Night : Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf
This YA novel recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.

Iceberg Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
This well-written and researched title for kids includes stellar chapters about explorations of the sunken ship, as well as information about the Titanic in art, literature, and film.

We last blogged about the Titanic in 2009. Click here for still useful links.

Online Services
Use your East Hampton Public Library Card to access Encyclopedia Britannica.  What you'll  find is reputable information about the Titanic as well as links to reputable/related websites, media, and primary sources to supplement your readings.