Library celebrates the Titanic

Michael Vander Linden / Washburn Review

As one watches one of the most historically great movies of all time, Titanic, they may not realize the historical impact the real event had on the entire world.

In 1912, the real Titanic embraced the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, only to never make it to its destination.

One hundred years later, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is doing their part to commemorate this event and bring history back to life for at least a weekend.

Two years ago, Brian Adams, a public service specialist at the library realized that the 100th anniversary of the event would be coming up soon.

“One hundred years is a big deal for anything,” said Adams. “I knew we really needed to do something.”

This is when he got Michelle Stottlemire on board and really began planning the Titanic commemoration. Over the last year, this event has been their main focus, as they’ve planned two days to hopefully educate and entertain people with the history of the tragic date.

“We’re always looking for new and fun but informative programming ideas that interest as many people as possible,” said Adams.

On Friday, April 13 at 6:30 pm, the library will be hosting a showing of the 1997 version of Titanic, the classic that everyone remembers. However, it will not just be an ordinary showing. Adams and

Stottlemire, along with two other comedic actors will be wearing microphones to comment on different aspects of the movie as it shows.

“When the movie is at its most ridiculous, hopefully we can be funny,” said Adams. “However, when it gets serious, we will too, and hopefully add a little more to the movie.”

They will not be the only ones talking about the movie as Adams mentioned there would be many opportunities to chime in and engage in the movie more than just watching.

Saturday will be a bit different, as the Exhibit room in the library will be transformed in to Titanic central. When the library opens at 9 am, different areas will be set up with different information that people can learn that is not exactly shown through the movie.

Exhibits available vary greatly, including a Morse code table, history of Titanic section, a panel to answer questions, crafts for kids, models of the ship, and even an ice tub for kids to get in that shows a degree of how cold it was in the Atlantic that awful night.

Then at 3 pm that afternoon, the 1953 version will be shown. This movie was a hit back in the day, but has seemed to a little forgotten. Both movies will be in Marvin Auditorium.

“We encourage everybody to come, and hey, it’s free,” said Adams. “Everyone is welcome, and it’s just as much their library as it is ours. Bring the family and bring the kids and remember the Titanic.”