Take & Make Eid al-Adha Craft

Take & Make Eid al-Adha craft sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Library while supplies last image with crescent moon and star, palm tree, and camel in the center

Celebrate Eid al-Adha with an Eid al-Adha Take Home Craft and some stories The Eid al-Adha Adventure Sami’s Special Gift : an Eid al-Adha Story I’ll See You in Ijebu The Best Eid Ever! Going to Mecca Visit the Youth Services Department for more Eid al-Adha stories to enjoy -Amanda Winter, Youth Services

Seafaring Stories: A Program and Books on Ships and Shipwrecks

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Shipwrecks and the artifacts found in them are time capsules of history capable of revealing information about life, technology, trade and warfare at the specific moment they were lost. Studying shipwrecks can help us understand the past, connect us to our cultural heritage, and teach us lessons on how the environment and human error can impact each other. The treacherous Jersey shore has been the untimely grave of thousands of seafaring vessels.  On June 10 at 7pm, join us for Famous And Forgotten Ships And Shipwreck of the Jersey Shore: An Archaeological Odyssey,  presented by Dr. Richard Veit, Associate Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University.  This well-illustrated presentation examines a select group of New Jersey ships and shipwrecks reflecting the importance of maritime transportation to the history of the state.  An eclectic range of vessels is examined, from Native American dugout canoes, to colonial privateers, a Durham boat, Civil War submarine, and 20th-century ocean liners.  Shipwrecks and the artifacts found in them are time capsules of history that reveal important themes that have shaped our state and nation’s history. There certainly is no shortage of books about shipwrecks, including true accounts of disaster and adventure, historical fiction, and contemporary and classic literature.  Here is a selection of some captivating fiction and nonfiction reads revolving around ships and shipwrecks available with your Livingston Library card: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly Based on the remarkable true story of the Carpathia–the only ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic. Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress signal from the largest passenger liner ever built, RMS Titanic, which is on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.  Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Captain Rostron on the Carpathia and Kate Connolly on the Titanic, this historical novel is a compelling, heart-pounding account of two eyewitnesses to an epic disaster. Rostron’s heroic and compassionate leadership, his methodical preparations for rescue, and his grit and determination to act honorably and selflessly to save lives and care for the survivors, sets the course for this awe-inspiring story. A Flick of Sunshine : The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures, and Tragic Fate of an American Original by Frederic B. Hill The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in nineteenth-century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world include surviving a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn, and running down Alaskan glaciers. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and his diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition, and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor. From Below by Darcy Coates The SS Arcadia vanished during a routine voyage. A strange, garbled emergency message was broadcast, but no trace of the ship, or of its crew, could be found. Sixty years later, its wreck has finally been discovered more than three hundred miles from its intended course. A small team are granted permission to dive to it. Their purpose is straightforward: explore the wreck, film everything, and, if possible, uncover how and why the supposedly unsinkable ship vanished. But the Arcadia has not yet had its fill of death, and the submerged halls hold more than simple mysteries. Trapped hundreds of feet beneath the surface, the dive team must fight for their lives in a place where even the smallest mistake turns deadly. Graveyard of the Pacific : Shipwreck and Survival on America’s Deadliest Waterway by Randall Sullivan A vivid portrait of the Columbia River Bar that combines maritime history, adventure journalism, and memoir, bringing alive the history-and present-of one of the most notorious stretches of water in the world. Off the coast of Oregon, the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean and forms the Columbia River Bar: a watery collision so turbulent and deadly that it’s nicknamed the Graveyard of the Pacific. Two thousand ships have been wrecked on the bar since the first European ship dared to try to cross it in the late eighteenth century. For decades ships continued to make the bar crossing with great peril, first with native guides and later with opportunistic newcomers, as Europeans settled in Washington and Oregon, displacing the natives and transforming the river into the hub of a booming region. Since then, the commercial importance of the Columbia River has only grown, and despite the construction of jetties on either side, the bar remains treacherous, even today a site of shipwrecks and dramatic rescues as well as power struggles between small fishermen, powerful shipowners, local communities in Washington and Oregon, the Coast Guard, and the Columbia River Bar Pilots-a small group of highly skilled navigators who help guide ships through the mouth of the Columbia. A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks by David J. L. Gibbins From renowned underwater archaeologist Gibbins comes an exciting and rich narrative of human history told through the archaeological discoveries of twelve shipwrecks across time. The Viking warship of King Cnut the Great. Henry VIII’s Mary Rose. Captain John Franklin’s doomed HMS Terror. The SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. Since we first set sail on the open sea, ships and their wrecks have been an inevitable part of human history. Archaeologists have made spectacular discoveries excavating these sunken ships, their protective underwater cocoon keeping evidence of past civilizations preserved. This is not just the story of those ships, the people who sailed on them, and the cargo and treasure they carried, but also the story of the spread of people, religion, and ideas around the world; it is a story of colonialism, migration, and the