Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?

Thirteen years ago today, the world changed. As country music legend Alan Jackson so eloquently sings in the video above: “where were you when the world stopped turning…that September day?”  We here at Mackin would like to hear your stories about where you were and what you were doing on that fateful day, if you would be comfortable sharing them by commenting on this post.

My own story: I was in tenth grade American History class (of all places) in my hometown of Fergus Falls, MN. We saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center, and then our teacher turned off the television to continue the day’s regular lesson.  I remember being angry that we weren’t allowed to watch what was going on (and in history class of all places!).  When I got to my next class, though, another teacher let us watch more of the news coverage.  That was the first day I ever heard the name “Osama Bin Laden.”

While you ponder your own experiences, here are some recent (2011-present) books and a few great films that could be important additions to library collections either for student instruction or history/recreational reading:


Until The Fires Stopped Burning by Charles Strozier. 9780231158985. 2011. Gr. HS/Adult

America Is Under Attack by Don Brown. 9781596436947. 2011. Gr. 3-6

Out Of The Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001 by Richard Bernstein. 9780805074109. 2003. Gr. 11-Adult

The Stories They Tell: Artifacts From The National September 11 Memorial Museum by Clifford Chanin. 9780847841714. 2013. Gr. 11-Adult

Remembering September 11, 2001: What We Know Now by Mara Miller. 9780766029316. 2011. Gr. 7-10

Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 by Anthony Summers. 9780812978094. 2012. Gr. 11-Adult

America Triumphs by Mary Boone. 9781600786730. 2011. Gr. 11-Adult

The September 11 Terrorist Attacks by Kevin Hillstrom. 9780780812406. 2012. Gr. 9-12

September 11: We Will Never Forget by Peter Benoit. 9780531250402. 2012. Gr. 4-6

September 11 Then and Now by Peter Benoit. 9780531254240. 2012. Gr. 3-5

9/11 & the Wars In Afghanistan & Iraq: A Chronology & Reference Guide by Tom Lansford. 9781598844191. 2012. Gr. 11-Adult



World Trade Center

United 93

Zero Dark Thirty


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