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100 years ago


It was just four days ago (give or take a century) that the RMS Titanic set sail from Ireland, headed for the White Star docks at New York City.

Of course, we know the Titanic never completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. It was 100 years ago this morning (April 15) that the ship met its tragic fate and became one of the most famous sea voyages in history.

Whether you are new to the tale, are celebrating the re-release of the movie in 3-D, or are more deeply connected to the story -- like one of our patrons at Wheatfield who has stopped in all week to give staff a daily update of ship's speed, direction and position -- there is plenty at the library to meet your Titanic needs.

Part of a darkly funny but brutally honest children's nonfiction series, there's the cautionary tale You Wouldn't Want To Sail On The Titanic.

If you can, pick up the James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Or check out one of our many non fiction books, DVD's or VHS tapes.

On a related note, we've also just added the series Downton Abbey, and the companion book The World of Downton Abbey. Fans of the PBS Masterpiece series can tell you it opens chillingly with the arrival of a telegraph that the Titanic has just sunk, and that as a result, the lives of the household are about to change.

Whatever you choose to read or watch this month, here is to a safe and peaceful voyage wherever you go. Pictured: The grand staircase of the RMS Titanic. Artist's sketch from Wikipedia.