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Discover World War I during its centennial at the library

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley

One hundred years ago, on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, the guns ceased and World War I, the “war to end all wars,” was over. During the four years of the war, an estimated 13 million people (combatants and civilians) died during one of the deadliest conflicts in history. The Great War had sweeping impact on the lives of not only the people who lived through it, but also on the years to follow, with ripples that reach into our modern century.

This November, we remember with programs at the library.


Musicians Brad Keeler and Linda Parman perform songs in “Over There”: The First World War in Song that reflect the culture and mood of the First World War era. You can enjoy this entertaining live music performance at the following libraries.

Saturday, Nov 3, 11–12pm

Saturday, Nov 3, 4–5pm

Monday, Nov 5, 4–5pm

Monday, Nov 5, 7–8pm

Tuesday, Nov 6, 6–7pm

Wednesday, Nov 7, 6–7pm

Thursday, Nov 8, 6:30–7:30pm

Tuesday, Nov 13, 6:30–7:30pm

Whitworth University English professor Charles Andrews offers a look at the particularly vibrant time of British peace-activist literature during the 1920s and ’30s in Imagining Lasting Peace: British Literature, War Memorials & Armistice Day, 1918–2018. In the last century, the world has been filled with warfare and violence, and perhaps the voices of writers who responded to the Great War will give us resources for peacemaking today.

Sunday, Nov 4, 3–4pm

Thursday, Nov 29, 7–8pm

Humanities Washington Speaker and public historian Lorraine McConaghy takes us back in time for Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I. The program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes and then offers a readers’ theater script that is read aloud together, allowing you to speak the history as you are discovering it. Learn about and discuss this dramatic period of wartime industrialization, immigration, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil.

Wednesday, Nov 14, 7–8pm

Thursday, Nov 15, 7–8pm


Now is the perfect time to check out a Family Museum Pass for Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) from your library to visit their exhibit The Inland Northwest and the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration of World War I.

The Smithsonian Institute has a compelling series of virtual exhibits to explore The Great War through a variety of lenses.


Check out these titles from our collection about the First World War.

World War I: The Definitive Visual History: From Sarajevo to Versailles by R. G. Grant

The World Remade: America in World War I by G. J. Meyer

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton and illustrated by Victo Ngai

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation by Ann Bausum

World War I by Simon Adams and photographed by Andy Crawford


Looking for even more great reads? With Novelist, you can find recommended reading lists that include mysteries, romances, and historical fiction—all set in the World War I era.

If you enjoy genealogy, you might just find ancestors who may have served in The Great War and fill in your family tree with Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online.

Students can take a deeper dive into history and gain knowledge about The First World War with several digital resources. World Book, an online interactive encyclopedia, eLibrary from ProQuest, and SIRS Discoverer offer collections of articles, images, maps, and other resources about the First World War.

Gwendolyn Haley

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