Have you ever wanted to capture a moment? Most people have a camera of some sorts, whether it is a full camera, an app on their phone or their tablet, or a homemade camera made out of a shoe box. No matter what you are using, a camera has the capability to capture a moment.
Summer Loss occurs when children do not have access to books or reading over the school summer break. Kids who don't read over the summer can actually lose 2 or more months of acquired reading skills. I encourage parents to look at summer as an opportunity to keep kids moving forward in their reading ability.
A friend recently came into the possession of about 30,000 baseball cards, many of them still shrink-wrapped in their original multi-pack boxes. The majority of these cards were from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. He was so excited. He was positive he had a veritable gold mine of image-laden, thin pieces of cardboard depicting baseball players from a few years ago. He could hardly control his excitement when he asked, "Hey, man! Think you could help me sell 'em? I will cut you a percentage of the profits! Should make us a ton of money! How much do you think we can get for them?"
As fellow genealogists will understand, brick walls are frustrating. You know the information you’re searching for is out there - but where?! Recently, I was able to burst through a brick wall that had been blocking research on my great-great-grandfather, Frederick Sanderson.
If you are a business owner, or thinking about becoming one, you need to add one more thing to your to-do list: check out our free business databases in MCPL's Online Resources. These phenomenal business resources are just waiting to be tapped!
From analyzing potential site locations for your business to creating sales lead lists, the Library’s business databases offer an abundance of cool facts that can help you build and grow your business.
Have you ever taken a close look at some of the questions the enumerator asked when taking the census? Some questions don’t seem very useful to a genealogist. (Yes, I do realize that censuses were not taken just so I could use them for genealogy.) One particular question caught my attention one day and became a way to track an elusive family. I found my ancestor on the 1855 New York State Census. Looking at the original image, I noticed writing in a column next to his mother and brother that others didn’t have.
It’s hard to believe that another summer is drawing to a close. I hope all the parents out there are thinking of ways that the Library can help you as the start of a new school year is just around the corner. I’m sure you are looking forward to packing lunches and signing permission slips, and that is a pretty big gig of its own. It is always nice to be reminded that the Library can be there to help kids all year long with what they need to be successful in the classroom.