Jasper library has numerous titles to complement upcoming Smithsonian exhibit

“Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution, opens Tuesday at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center. An opening recepting will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Bankhead House. The exhibit addresses how Americans use water, how water unites communities, how water affects our everyday lives and how we should care for water and sustain it for the future. Admission is free. The exhibit will remain in Jasper through Feb. 23. The Carl Elliott Regional Library in Jasper has a number of books and DVDS that may be of interest to patrons who visit the “Water/Ways” exhibit. Adults • Life of Pi by Yann Martel PI, a 16-year-old Indian emigrate, finds himself alone in a lifeboat after the ship carrying his family sinks on the way to North America. His only companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounds zebra and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Available in the following formats: book, e-book and DVD • Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society and the Mississippi River, this book tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known. Available in the following formats: book • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf by Douglas Brinkley Historian Douglas Brinkley chronicles the span of five violent hours on Aug. 9, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. On the heels of one of the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes — followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement. Available in the following formats: book, e-book • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, this intimate account of the experience of the University of Washington crew team at the 1936 Olympics recounts how nine working class boys from the American West showed the world what true grit really means. Available in the following formats: book, e-book Children • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle Hermit Crab grows out of one house after anothers as he searches for the perfect home. Children who must change schools, move to a new town, or even graduate to a new grade in school will relate to Hermit Crab’s situation and take hear as they see that growing up isn’t really so scary after all. Available in the following formats: book • Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling Originally written in 1941 this book continues to find new audiences in grades 3–5. A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle’s journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region. Grades 5–7 enjoy Holling’s Minn of the Mississippi, the story of the Mississippi as told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle as she travels downstream. Available in the following formats: book • Magic School Bus Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! When Ms. Frizzle drives the Magic School Bus full speed ahead into the ocean, the class takes a submarine expedition that’s anything but ordinary. With a well-meaning lifeguard in tow, the class takes a deep breath and learns about hot water vents, coral reefs, plant and animal life on the ocean floor, and more! Available in the following formats: book • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Randsome “Swallows and Amazons” is the first in a series of 12 children’s books by English author, Arthur Ransome. Set between the two World Wars, the books involve adventures by groups of children, almost all during the school holidays and mostly in England, but including four sailing trips that go outside England. The stories revolve around outdoor activities, especially sailing. Available in the following formats: DVD and e-book