On April 10, 1912 the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England for New York City. Four days in to crossing the North Atlantic, with 2,228 passengers and crew on board, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 12,415 feet to the ocean floor. This year marks the 100th anniversary for the maiden (and last) voyage of the glorious vessel.
The tragic event, with only 710 survivors, has spawned countless fiction, nonfiction and even parody retellings. Here are a few new titles, for all ages, available from your hometown libraries on this amazing vessel and tale.
The Band that Played On: the Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down With the Titanic
by Steve Turner
Call Number: 910.452 TU
Adult Nonfiction Collection
The movies, the documentaries, the museum exhibits. They often tell the same story about the "unsinkable" Titanic, her wealthy passengers, the families torn apart, and the unthinkable end. But never before has "that glorious band"-the group of eight musicians who played on as the Titanic slipped deeper and deeper into the Atlantic Ocean-been explored in such depth. Steve Turner''s extensive research reveals a fascinating story including dishonest agents, a clairvoyant, social climbers, and a fraudulent violin maker. Read what brought the band members together and how their music served as the haunting soundtrack for one of modern history's most tragic maritime disasters.
The Dressmaker: a novel
by Kate Alcott
Call Number: F Alcott
Adult Fiction Collection
Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the "Titanic" comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young seamstress who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
Explore Titanic: Breathtaking New Pictures, Recreated With Digital Technology
by Peter Crisp
Call Number: 910.452 CH
Children's Nonfiction Collection
Boys and girls will be enthralled by this dramatic pictorial history of the great ocean linerR.M.S. Titanic,and its fateful sinking in the North Atlantic. Approximately 125 photos and illustrations in color and black and white--including 12 astonishing 3D-rendered graphics--tell the Titanic's story, from its 1911 launching at the Belfast shipyard to its tragic destruction on April 15, 1912 during its maiden Atlantic crossing. Young readers will see faithful reproductions of both exterior and interior ship's details, from the Boiler Room and Engine Room far below decks to the luxury passengers' cabins and the ship's grand ballroom.
T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet
by Debbie Shoulders
Call Number: 910.452 SH
Children's Nonfiction Collection
In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surronding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.
Titanic One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World
by Stephen W. Hines
The Titanic was the greatest ocean liner ever built and the news of its sinking 5 days into its maiden voyage, shocked the world. Captivated by the tragedy, audiences turned to the trusted Daily Telegraph hoping to find answers to questions of how the "unsinkable ship" could have ever gone down. Misinformation and erroneous reports of what exactly happened to the Titanic were numerous, and it was up to the Telegraph reporters to determine the truth. Focused entirely on media clippings and reporting from the time of the tragedy, Titanic is a ripped-from-the-headlines account of the sinking of the world's largest ship.
The Titanic Sinks!
Series: Stepping Stones
by Thomas Conklin
Here is the exciting true story about the "unsinkable" Titanic! Dramatic accounts, white-knuckle suspense, and fast-paced action of how the world's biggest, safest ship sank on its maiden voyage. Includes black-and-white photos and full-color underwater photos of the wreck.
The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure
by Bob Temple
Call Number: YOU CHOOSE
Children's Fiction Collection
YOU are aboard the Titanic, the world's largest ocean liner. The ship is sinking, and the ocean water is freezing. Will you survive?
Titanic: How It Really Sank
by Patrick Reams
Call Number: 910.452 TI
Adult Nonfiction DVD
The sinking of the Titanic was far more than a simple accident. A tragedy that could have been prevented, it was the result of a long chain of mistakes: a fatal series of avoidable human errors that sent the Titanic and more than half of her passengers to their watery graves. Based upon the official inquiry held immediately after the event, with additional evidence that's come to light since the wreck of the ship was discovered in 1985, National Geographic, in this drama-documentary special, explores Titanic: How It Really Sank.
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic
by Allan Wolf
Call Number: WOLF
Teen Fiction Collection
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force. Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker's reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.