Due to the the storm predictions for this Tuesday, we are postponing our Taste of Ghana and Race in Our Community Panel Discussion event until Wednesday, April 5th.
As library staff hold our breath, waiting to hear about the storm predicted for Tuesday, it got me thinking about other “freak” storms and natural disasters.
Do you remember the April Fool’s Blizzard in 1997? I had just moved to the Boston from the Chicago area with some friends from Michigan. We were no strangers to snow, but this storm took everyone by surprise. As 20-somethings with a day off from work, we decided to take a walk, which ended up with us deciding to jump into the huge snowdrifts. A less fun storm was a few years ago on my 40th birthday. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had planned an elaborate murder mystery surprise party, which had to be canceled. Luckily he was able to reschedule it (also without my knowledge), and it went off smoothly even though there was another storm that day!
Of course, there are many storms which cause massive devastation, not just the cancelation of an anticipated event. Blizzards, hurricanes and tornados are just a few of the havoc-wreaking events that aren’t just huge news stories; they also spawn books and movies. So, you and the kids can hunker down in the possible snowstorm with a few of these.
- The perfect storm: a true story of men against the sea — Sebastian Junger
- Voices from the storm: the people of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath — compiled and edited by Lola Vollen and Chris Ying
- A penguin named Patience: a Hurricane Katrina rescue story — written by Suzanne Lewis; illustrated by Lisa Anchin
- Winter storms: a novel — Elin Hilderbrand
- Ten hours until dawn: the true story of heroism and tragedy aboard the Can Do — Michael Tougias
- The hateful eight [DVD]
- Balto: Balto II, wolf quest [DVD]
- The Wiz [DVD]
- The Wizard of Oz [DVD]
- Twisters and other terrible storms: a nonfiction companion to Twister on Tuesday by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
- Twister [DVD]
- Storm kings: the untold history of America's first tornado chasers by Lee Sandlin
Some disasters aren’t as natural as others:
- Dark tide: the great Boston molasses flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo.
And mostly because of the title, but just in case you want to wallow in others’ misery:
- Bad days in history: a gleefully grim chronicle of misfortune, mayhem, and misery for every day of the year by Michael Farquhar; illustrations by Giulia Ghigini.