Monthly Archives: April 2014
Our littlest readers were in for a treat this past Wednesday, when our two favorite (and published) miniature horses, Bucky & Bonnie came to a special storytime!
Our director, Dolores Greenwald, read the book Bucky & Bonnie’s Library Adventure and the mini horses joined us after the reading!
They offered hoof print autographed copies to patrons, and our Friends group sold copies of the book to our die hard fans!
If you missed this awesome event, log in to your Facebook account and click here to view our photo album!
And if you’re on twitter, you can click here to view our stream of live tweets of the event!
by Jason Gavin, Special Collections Librarian
The annual American Library Association’s Preservation Week is fast approaching! This year it is April 27th to May 3rd, and it’s a great time to pick up some great tips and tricks to preserve your family treasures! Hop over to the preservation week website to print out a free bookmark with great general preservation tips, or check here for preservation tips for specific materials – books, paper, photographs, electronic media, comic books, textiles, as well as general care tips for a collection or how to make a time capsul. Library of Congress also has some great tips for saving your stuff here!
By Jason Gavin, Special Collections Librarian
Now is a great time to get started with your family genealogy for free using Ancestry.com at the Williamson County Public Library. Most patrons don’t realize that you can access the Ancestry.com library edition while you are in the library at no cost! All you need your WCPL card. From any library computer, point your browser to www.ancestrylibrary.com. The Special Collections department is also teaching Introduction to Ancestry.com classes twice every month –register online from the first of the month, and don’t wait too long as space fills up quick! Need more genealogy help? Visit the Special Collections department – we have deed records, cemetery records, county histories, maps, passenger lists and much more to help you break through those problem “brick wall” ancestors. Visit our digital genealogy list. Most of the resources listed there can be accessed from your home computer with only your WCPL card.
By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Anyone who likes science fiction shows, in particular Star Trek, knows about “red shirts.” Fans of the show began noticing that those with red shirts in “away teams” always died. They were usually guest stars or extras. In the book Redshirts, Mr. Scalzi plays on this idea.
The Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union, continually replaces its lower ranked crew members, especially after away missions. Ensign Dahl, newly assigned to the Intrepid, begins to realize that whenever an away crew is sent on a mission, at least one crew member doesn’t come back. The three officers—the captain, the science officer, and the pilot Kerensky always survive. Kerensky is almost always injured but recovers extremely fast. No one knows why. Ensign Dahl has to investigate; he has been on one away mission already, and he lost two friends. Luckily for him, he knows a man inside who just might have a way to stop the deaths…
Mr. Scalzi is a science fiction author known for his wry humor. He has a popular blog and hangs out with other popular SF authors and Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: Next Generation fame. (Mr. Wheaton also narrated the audiobook version of Redshirts.) His book Old Man’s War was well received and was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award. It is also a very good book, in my opinion.