Sunday, December 22, 2013

Family Tree for Kids class

Holidays are a great time for family recipes. Using your grandma's recipe, written in her handwriting, is a way to remember holidays shared with her.  In addition to using family recipes, gathered families tell stories and take and share photos. A regret of many people is that they didn't get some of those family stories from their grandparents and other relatives when they had the chance. Now, when they are interested in family history, they have lost a valuable resource.

That is why the library is offering the My Family Tree for Kids classes in December. Besides having a chance to visit with relatives, students are out of school, and starting a family tree is a great activity. Organizations such as 4-H and Scouts have projects or badges that involve genealogy, so students can get a head start!  It is thanks to the Friends of the Library that we can offer these classes for free.

Our classes will be offered on Saturday, December 28. The morning class, from 9:30-11, is open to grades 3-6, and the afternoon class, from 2-3:30, is open to grades 7-12. The registration deadline says December 22, but if you know someone in 3rd-12th grades who is interested in learning genealogy, they can still sign up! Give us a call at 522-3412 x 1243 or register online at

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New ST ViewScan machines

If you haven't visited the local history section recently, you should stop by and see the two new ST ViewScan machines.

They are easy to use, with a single switch to turn on the ViewScan.  The monitor is vertical, so you can view an entire newspaper page at once.  You can view, crop and edit from the same screen, without having to toggle back and forth between programs, and several crops can be saved to the same page.  Then, cropped articles can be printed, emailed or saved to a flash drive.