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Remembering 911

It is hard to believe that the 10th anniversary of the terror strikes on our country can be here so soon. It seems like yesterday. You doubtless will remember all your life where you were and what you were doing when the news of the airplane strikes came in, just as those old enough recall clearly getting the news of President Kennedy’s assassination.

Among the many books about the events surrounding September 11, 2001 are Last man down: a firefighter's story of survival and escape from the World Trade Center by Richard Picciotto, Firefight: inside the battle to save the Pentagon on 9/11 by Patrick Creed, The ground truth: the untold story of America under attack on 9/11 by John J. Farmer, and The looming tower: Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.

The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in Absent Friends, a haunting thriller set in New York in the aftermath of September 11 by Edgar Award winner S.J. Rozan. For children, Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey tells about the contribution of a retired boat called back into service to rescue people in New York Harbor.

Find more books on this topic by searching "September 11 terrorist attacks 2001" in our catalog.

Since 2004, government agencies and others have observed National Disaster Preparedness Month to alert citizens to ways to prepare for emergencies, whether terror or weather or natural disasters. Remember the bomb shelters of the 1960s? Find a list of supplies to have on hand for today’s emergencies at See for information on current emergency events.

Looking for a Good Book Escape?

Staff recommendations for good reading in all genres appear on our website under Books & More. Staff Favorites include more than 700 recommendations written by staff and printed in our More Good Reads brochure three times yearly since 2001. Rachel Maderik has created a database of these recommendations, so they are searchable by author, title, or staff reviewer. You can also browse by genre or date published. Here is a treasure trove of good ideas for mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, western, classics, history, biography, nature, our Appalachian region, and lots more for adults, teens, and children.

Book Sale

A Friends of the Library group is forming at the Bluefield Branch and will be holding a sale of used books this Friday (2-7:30) and Saturday (9-2). Special activities for children on Saturday include face painting and storytelling, beginning at 11. Every book purchased means room for a new book on the shelves, so we encourage all book lovers to pick up books this weekend. Videos and CDs are also available.

Calling All Bookaroos

Storytime for children begins the week of the 12th at all TCPL locations. Children will travel to the Wild West for adventure and a rocking good time. Programs are available for preschool through upper elementary ages.

Chancery Records

Chancery records are a rich source of genealogical information but are less well known than other record types because they have been harder to search. Tazewell County’s records have been digitized and now are searchable on the Library of Virginia website. TCPL will host Library of Virginia staff for a program to orient genealogists to this treasure trove Monday, October 17, at 6:00. Seating is limited, so please call now to reserve your space.


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