Solve a Mystery from History!

Our young library patrons LOVE the “ology” books….Dragonology, Egyptology, Monsterology etc.   Each book comes with items like envelopes stuffed with secret treasure, magnifying glasses to look at encrypted papers, pieces of topic-related memorabilia to really give kids a hands-on exploration of each subject.  At first, we thought these books might be a lost cause…losing any of the items in the books would make for disappointed readers, but for the most part, our youngest readers seem to treat these books like they are actual treasure and care for them with the utmost respect.

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So when I heard about this new book from Brad Meltzer,  straight from the History Channel’s show History Decoded, I got excited! It’s called HISTORY DECODED: THE 10 GREATEST CONSPIRACIES OF ALL TIME.  It’s got all of the great conspiracies…from who shot JFK to the question about what’s inside Fort Knox. But the best part is that each chapter includes a custom-designed envelope, made to look like something from the time period or case, and inside are facsimiles of relevant evidence.  how about reviewing the will of John Wilkes Booth, or taking a close look at JFK’s death certificate. Each envelope is meant to provide the reader with hands-on items to help them understand the cases better. Doesn’t this sound like fun?

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Whether or not this is a new trend, we’ll have to wait and see.

Titanic Remembered

In the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank into the cold Atlantic ocean after striking an iceberg only a few hours before. It was one of the worst nautical accidents in history, and has been the center of many books, movies, and websites. We even had a special Titanic Craft Night at the library on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, where we all made our own Titanics to take home.

Today is Titanic Remembrance Day, and if you’re interested in learning more about that fateful voyage, we have lots of fascinating new books at the library about it!

titanicTITANIC LOVE STORIES by Gill Paul, has thirteen true stories about honeymooning couples who sailed on the Titanic.

titanic2John Welshman’s TITANIC: THE LAST NIGHT OF A SMALL TOWN chronicles the stories of crew members and passengers of all ranks and status aboard the Titanic.

titanicand VOYAGERS OF THE TITANIC : PASSENGERS, SAILORS, SHIPBUILDERS, ARISTOCRATS, AND THE WORLDS THEY CAME FROM by Richard Davenport-Hines

Of course, there are many more to choose from, in the adult section as well as the juvenile area, so drop in and ask us where to find them. This will remain a fascinating topic for many years to come.

What Were They Reading?

It’s always interesting to see what people are reading…whether they’re famous or not-so-famous. But how about what our ancestors were reading? At the library, Shirley is compiling a great series called “What Were They Reading?” on the Carleton Place Local History Blog.

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Find out what people in our community associated with our library’s history were reading back in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. Did they enjoy fiction? Historical non-fiction? Political books? The classics? Keep up with this fascinating series which begins    here.

Everything Old is New Again

Another wonderful display by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has transformed our library space once again. Jennifer dropped by and changed out the case with fascinating “new” objects you just need to stop and look at!  We always find these presentations to be so relevant and amazing…it’s hard to believe some of these objects sit in boxes, carefully preserved until Jennifer has a chance to use them again!

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If you haven’t been to the library lately, stop by and take a few minutes to look in the big glass case. And bring the kids! There are plenty of wonderful items to look at a discuss. A great way to get in a little local history until the museum opens again!

We Remember

Over on our sister blog, Carleton Place Local History, there’s a great article about some local names that were left off the Carleton Place War Memorial. I think it’s fitting on this weekend which includes Remembrance Day, to understand that sometimes what we see is not everything there is to see. Please take a few minutes to read Shirley’s great article here!