Go Wild! It’s National Parks Week, Let’s Celebrate!

national parksCelebrate National Park Week April 19th – 27th and discover the natural, historical, and cultural treasures in America’s 400+ national parks.

Did You Know…

*   Sequoias, the largest trees in the world, can be as tall as a 26-story building.

*   There are more than 4,900 caves in our national parks.

*   Black bears eat up to 20,000 calories a day.

We’ve attached an interesting infographic<http://nationalparks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5afde58f4003970150342ac26&id=78270d379d&e=9764dd1d1a> that showcases fun facts like the ones stated above about our great national parks. Don’t forget to visit your local national park during this week for special events.

Teachers, check out the Library’s Hot Topic – Animals, Birds, Fishes and More!  On the Animals page find a new lesson plan about Bears and the new film Disneynature Bears.


Where does your American past begin?

heritagequest-onlineHeritageQuest® is a treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

Discover the amazing history of your family with HeritageQuest®. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help you find your ancestors and discover a place’s past.

The collection consists of the following:

U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 now through 1940, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 272 million names.

Genealogy and local history books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.

Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library, it contains more than 2.3 million records covering both English and French periodicals published around the world since 1800.

Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.

Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.

U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

With a robust search interface, easy-to-use document management tools, and convenient remote access, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest® continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.

The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest® help you to find them.

Try HeritageQuest® today.

Also see the Library’s Hot Topic – Genealogy for HeritageQuest and additional resources to help you find your ancestors.

Patrons are Landing Jobs!

job moduleReferenceUSA’s U.S. Jobs and Internships module has helped people land some great jobs! The Library is thrilled we can help patrons search for jobs, receive free job hunting advice, and access tools to help them during the application and interview process! If you have a story about how our module has helped someone, we’d love to hear it!

jobnow demoDon’t forget about the free Job Coaching available in BrainFuse’s JobNow. Patrons can brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches. Job coaches and patrons communicate via live chat in our online classroom. In addition to live interview coaching, patrons enjoy 24/7 access to interview tips and career resources.

Check out Hot Topics – Careers & Job Hunting for more great resources to help you find your next job.

Did we mention it’s all FREE with your library card?

Return of the Digital Bookmobile – West Side eStory!

Digital bookmobile2Our theme is West Side eStory – 50′s Rock and Roll! Be ready for some great music, storytimes for the kids, fun crafts, and – of course – hands-on time with all your favorite digital devices.

The Digital Bookmobile on Friday April 11th will be at the West Charleston Library and  April 12th at the Centennial Hills Library. Both days you can tour the Digital Bookmobile between  10 a.m. and 4 p.m to learn all about the library’s digital downloads including streaming movies and the new Kids eReading Room. Learn how to get books, movies and more on your mobile device or computer. Got questions on how to install the library apps or how to use the digital websites? Bring your device and we’ll get you rolling!

West Charleston Library will also be hosting a book sale Friday and the Centennial Hills Library will host two story times at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Have you notice something new in Gale databases?

clusterTerm Clusters has been added to all Gale databases. You were introduced to Term Clusters in Artemis Literary Sources. This cool tool is now available in all the Gale databases. To try it go to Articles in Gale’s Power Search.

analyzeOn the results page look on the left side bar under Analyze to click on Term Clusters.