Friday, March 28, 2008

Victims of the Storm

Lithographic copy of the painting, Galveston's Awful Calamity, 1900.

Artist's rendering of victims on Tremont Street, Galveston.

Flood map of Galveston showing loss of property.

Orphans and sisters of St. Mary's Orphanage before the storm.

Isaac Cline's family.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

"Time and Tide Wait for No Man"

Our first discussion book, Isaac's Storm, is now available at the circulation desk of Bernardsville Library, so borrow your copy soon. You'll find the book to be a gripping story propelled forward by the drama of true events as well as by the author's clever use of characters and historical context. It is moving and artful in its delivery, so readers of fiction and readers of nonfiction alike should find this book to be of interest to them. Meet to discuss this book on Saturday, April 5th, at 3:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room. All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Storm's Destruction - Galveston

Photographs show the devastation to both frame and mortar buildings in Galveston, Texas, following the 1900 hurricane.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Beware - The Storm Clouds Gather!

Isaac's Storm has to be a dream read for weather wonks who savor detailed descriptions of monster storms. It offers an exhaustive, but highly readable speculative account of the storm's slow development into a meteorological cataclysm heading Galveston's way. The sense of suspense and dread evident on the very first page of the book is there, indeed, for a good reason. If you'd like some information about this hurricane from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, then investigate "The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900" and related articles at