@ Your Library 9.11.18

Remembering 9/11

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


September has its glorious days.  Crystal clear and gold and blue.  September 11, 2001 was just such a day.  Magnificent.  In a million years none of us would have guessed that the glory of that day covered violent hatred, dark intentions, and a lethal ambush on American soil.

Perhaps you have vivid memories of that day?  You will never forget what you were doing when you caught wind that something evil was going down.  Maybe you lost loved ones in the attacks on Manhattan or the Pentagon, or have been personally affected by some of the collateral damage over the years that have followed.  

And then we went to war… and lost more loved ones and neighbors and revenge has not been sweet at all.  

A library is an archive of stories, and some of the most poignant stories on our shelves come from the chaos and physical and emotional turmoil of that day and in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.  In the days immediately following the attacks, people wrote encouraging words and prayers in the dust from the Twin Towers that covered emergency vehicles; words meant to strengthen rescue workers and survivors.  Since then, those transient words have taken on a life of their own to become stories that encourage us not to let fear win the day.

  • Where You Left Me: A Memoir by Jennifer Gardner Trulson.  Two love stories with healing in between, this book is an account of the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath. Lucky is how the author would describe herself. She had a successful law career, met the love of her life in Doug, married him, had an apartment in New York City, a house in the Hamptons, two beautiful children, and was still madly in love after nearly seven years of marriage. She was living the kind of idyllic life that clichés are made of until Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. She became a widow at age thirty five, a "9/11 widow", no less, a member of a select group bound by sorrow, of which she wanted no part. . From the publisher.  (Biography)
  • Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham.  Day we'll never forget -- Salt-of-the-earth folks -- "Go-to" guy -- Our paths cross -- Norman Rockwell world -- Wrestling with the "whys" -- Stepping out on faith -- Surprised by love -- Forward thinking -- Adding to our team -- Trouble at the top -- Living the dream -- Roman holiday -- Whirlwind arrival, and departure -- Inside the nightmare -- How to tell the children? -- Phone call for heaven -- Reliving the takeover -- Plots aboard Flight 93 -- Team united, in life and death -- Saying good-bye to Todd, for now -- Shanksville crash site -- It's just me! -- Poignant moments, and key decisions -- "Completed" flight to San Francisco -- Reason for my hope -- Life goes on, or does it! -- Welcoming Morgan -- Bigger picture -- It is well with my soul -- All the heroes of United Flight 93 -- Todd M. Beamer Foundation.  (Biography)
  • One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001  Life, Robert Sullivan, editor.  Offers a photographic account of the events of September 11, 2001, the rescue efforts in the days following the attacks, and the response of a nation united in sadness, pride, and resolve.  (A NF)
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn.  Of the millions of words written about September 11, 2001, most were told from the outside looking in. "New York Times" reporters Dwyer and Flynn have taken the opposite and far more revealing-approach, capturing the little-known stories of the nearly 12,000 ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to save themselves and others. They tell the dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute counted. At 8:46 AM on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers -- reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it -- until now. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews; thousands of pages of oral histories; and phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women -- the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished -- who made 102 minutes count as never before.  (A NF)
  • The Towers: A Dan Lenson Novel of 9/11 by David Poyer. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Commander Dan Lenson is visiting the Pentagon, and his wife is at a job interview at the World Trade Center. In the action-packed scenes that follow, Dan fights his way through flames and destruction to safety, and tries to reach his wife on her cell phone, but the terrifying few seconds before they're cut off do nothing to calm his fears.  (AF)
  • All We Have Left by Wendy Mills.  In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.  (YA)
  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin.  Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.  (J)
  • I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis. On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again.  (J)

Adult Programs:

The Great American Read: We’re following the national hunt for America’s Best Loved Novel through the PBS television series The Great American Read. You can cast your vote for your favorite book online or via text. A list of the 100 books included is currently in the library. Look for the shelf tags as you travel throughout our stacks. For more information visit: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Book Discussion at Hospice:  Canton Free Library is supporting the HOSPICE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, which will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018, 5:00-6:30 pm at Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 State Highway 11, Potsdam.  Join Hospice for their next quarterly book discussion on issues related to aging, illness, caregiving, and end of life. These are issues everyone has dealt with, is dealing with, or will be at some point in the future. Come share your wisdom, get some ideas, and become more informed on topics that matter!  The fall book selection is: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg.

Children’s Programs:

Baby Storytime starts TODAY! This program is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed, and happens on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am. We feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.

Toddler Storytime started Monday, September 10th for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required! Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, music, and craft activities on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.

Preschool Storytime starts tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12th, for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed. We meet Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am. There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts.

Junior Writers Group starts Thursday, September 13th for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.

Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade starts Tuesday September 18th.  Books and Beyond meets one Tuesday a month from 3-4pm and features books, games, and arts and crafts. Registration is required by the Friday before the program.

Tween Time for grades 3-6 begins Tuesday, September 25th and meets one Tuesday a month from 3-4pm.  Tween Time features books, games, and art.   Registration is required by the Friday before the program.

Teen Programs:

Anime Club Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. We are currently watching My Hero Academia.

Casuals Wielding Dice returns starting tomorrow, September 12! Join Dave Crowell from 2:30 to 5 for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Game Club Board games! Video games! Stop in Wednesdays from 3-5 to try your hand at any of the wide assortment of games we have here at the Library. After September 5th, Game Club will be moving to a different day, details to be decided.

Clash of the Readers’ booklist includes Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Registration began on August 13; the competition is scheduled for November 17.

Hours: Canton Free Library (phone: 315 386 3712) is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 6pm for the summer.  Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit due to unforeseen circumstances.  

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