National Skyscraper Day

September 3, 2015

Today is National Skyscraper Day!

To help you celebrate, we thought we'd show off some of our books in the "really tall building" section. Well, there really isn't such a section, but there IS an area where books are shelved that are all about building and construction, architecture, and engineering.

Our two newest books about skyscrapers are called Where is the Empire State Building? and Design a Skyscraper. Written by Janet B. Pascal (who also wrote some of the Who Was? and What Was? series books), Where is the Empire State Building? introduces the Empire State Building, the third tallest structure in New York City, describing the construction process, the rise of skyscrapers in the United States, and the effect the building continues to have today.  Design a Skyscraper, by Hilary Koll and Steve Mills, explains how math skills are needed to design and construct a skyscraper and includes math activities using real-life data and facts about tall buildings.

We also have some fantastic do-it-yourself building books, including Cool City by Lego-master Sean Kenney, and Skyscrapers!: Super Structures to Design and Build, by Carol A. Johmann.

Finally, we've got The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein, a Newberry-winning story about Phillipe Petit, an aerialist who amazed crowds in New York in 1974 when he spanned the distance between the two towers on a tightrope.

Locally, in the Mansfield area, we've got some tall-ish buildings downtown. You might want to visit the Chase Bank Building (12 floors), the Mansfield Municipal Building (9 floors), the Richland Bank Building (8 floors), or the Barrington One Building (7 floors) and see if you can get a birds-eye view of downtown from way up in the sky.

Have yourself a Happy Skyscraper Day!

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