The beginning month of the New Year, January, is also the month when some people clean out old things, and prepare to start anew. In cleaning out my desk, I came across something that said that January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month. MCPL has many resources, including books, electronic resources, and research databases to help with cleaning up your computer. Safari Technical Booksincludes thousands of computer and technical books you can read online.
Last week, I heard someone say "I haven't received very many Christmas cards this year." I thought, how sad it is that computer e-mail has replaced the special cards and letters that people used to receive. I am a family genealogist, and I love old things. I have in my possession letters that were written in the late 1800's from my great grandparents, letters written in 1918 to my grandma from my grandpa when he was in WWI, letters written in the 1980's to me from my mom when I moved away from home, and I have saved special Christmas cards signed by my family who have passed on.
If you have Scottish ancestors, you will want to glance through Tracing Your Scottish Family History by Anthony Adolph. Published in 2009, an index of "Useful addresses" is included in this helpful research guide.
Do you consider yourself "computer challenged"? Were you born before the idea of the personal computer existed? Are you intimidated by the idea of going online? If so, we are here to help you. Come to the Blue Springs North Branch and learn how to navigate the internet, apply for a job on-line, and do numerous other aspects of social networking. How Do I Do That?
I thought it would be fun this year to ask the North Oak staff what New Year's resolutions they've made. We have a brand new year stretching out before us, and here are the goals that we have in mind for the year ahead.
Did you know your that local Mid-Continent Public branch is a storehouse of recipes? We are a little like the shelf in Mom's kitchen where the recipes are kept. Remember, it has the Betty Crocker cookbooks and the box with recipes clipped from the newspaper with Mom's favorites?