As part of the Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Westerville community is invited to read and discuss this year’s selections for Westerville Reads: Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania and Lindsay Mattick’s Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear.

Then, delve into the life and experience of those who lived through the “war to end all wars” with cemetery tours, reader's theater, local history exhibitions and an author visit from the master of narrative nonfiction himself, Erik Larson.

Free copies of Dead Wake or Finding Winnie are available to those who register for or attend selected events in October, while supplies last. For more information, refer to these eligible events.

For true stories about WWI, read these...

The fall of the Ottomans : the Great War in the Middle East / Eugene Rogan - Eugene L Rogan

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The fall of the Ottomans : the Great War in the Middle East / Eugene Rogan

Eugene L Rogan
First to fly : the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American heroes who flew for France in World War I  - Charles Bracelen Flood

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First to fly : the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American heroes who flew for France in World War I

Charles Bracelen Flood
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm : three royal cousins and the road to World War I / Miranda Carter - Miranda Carter

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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm : three royal cousins and the road to World War I / Miranda Carter

Miranda Carter
Hero : the life and legend of Lawrence of Arabia / by Michael Korda - Michael Korda

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Hero : the life and legend of Lawrence of Arabia / by Michael Korda

Michael Korda
In the fields and the trenches : the famous and the forgotten on the battlefields of World War I / Kerrie Logan Hollihan - Kerrie Logan Hollihan

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In the fields and the trenches : the famous and the forgotten on the battlefields of World War I / Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Kerrie Logan Hollihan
Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey : the lost legacy of Highclere Castle / by The Countess of Carnarvon - Fiona Carnarvon

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Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey : the lost legacy of Highclere Castle / by The Countess of Carnarvon

Fiona Carnarvon
The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten world war / Richard Rubin - Richard Rubin

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The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten world war / Richard Rubin

Richard Rubin
Lusitania : triumph, tragedy, and the end of the Edwardian age / Greg King and Penny Wilson - Greg King

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Lusitania : triumph, tragedy, and the end of the Edwardian age / Greg King and Penny Wilson

Greg King
March 1917 : on the brink of war and revolution / Will Englund - Will Englund

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March 1917 : on the brink of war and revolution / Will Englund

Will Englund
My fellow soldiers : General John Pershing and the Americans who helped win the Great War / Andrew Carroll - Andrew Carroll

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My fellow soldiers : General John Pershing and the Americans who helped win the Great War / Andrew Carroll

Andrew Carroll
Sergeant Stubby : how a stray dog and his best friend helped win World War I and stole the heart of a nation / Ann Bausum ; foreword by David E. Sharpe - Ann Bausum

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Sergeant Stubby : how a stray dog and his best friend helped win World War I and stole the heart of a nation / Ann Bausum ; foreword by David E. Sharpe

Ann Bausum
Silent night : the story of the World War I Christmas truce / Stanley Weintraub - Stanley Weintraub

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Silent night : the story of the World War I Christmas truce / Stanley Weintraub

Stanley Weintraub
Women heroes of World War I : 16 remarkable resisters, soldiers, spies, and medics / Kathryn J. Atwood - Kathryn J Atwood

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Women heroes of World War I : 16 remarkable resisters, soldiers, spies, and medics / Kathryn J. Atwood

Kathryn J Atwood
Woodrow Wilson : a biography / John Milton Cooper, Jr - John Milton Cooper

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Woodrow Wilson : a biography / John Milton Cooper, Jr

John Milton Cooper
World War I and America : told by the Americans who lived it / A. Scott Berg, editor

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World War I and America : told by the Americans who lived it / A. Scott Berg, editor

Featured Events

Throughout the Month

Enlist your friends and family for a trip to the library.  From October 1 through November 12, you can...

  • Visit the Local History Center's WWI exhibition.
  • Create a symbol of remembrance with a red paper poppy.
  • Test your knowledge of country flags and leaders in the Teen Room.
  • Participate in the Winnie-the-Pooh scavenger hunt.
  • Challenge yourself to a WWI-themed crossword puzzle.
  • Fill out a BINGO card of activities completed and events attended to be entered into a drawing for a prize.

About the Books

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Gripping and important, this book captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a 1915 disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

A veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I rescued a baby bear and took her on a remarkable journey from the fields of Canada to an army base in England...and finally to the London Zoo, where she (Winnie of Winnipeg) made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Quote from Erik Larson

"The track lingered on the surface like a long pale scar. In maritime vernacular, this trail of fading disturbance, whether from ship or torpedo, was called a 'dead wake'."

Events & Classes (Westerville Reads)

Hours
Mon - Thurs

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.