Barbara Shoff, a genetic genealogist, will discuss how to use autosomal DNA testing to find biological family members. Her talk will include methods and online tools that can aid in the search, and be used by both adoptees and those who have a relative in their genetic line who were adopted. She will discuss using a form of “reverse genealogy” to aid in the identification process to find unknown parents, and she will emphasize using various tools to solve these mysteries.
To better accommodate people’s schedules, this class will be repeated twice on Thursday, Nov. 16. The first class will from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the second class will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both classes will take place in the Library’s meeting room C.
These classes are free and open to the public. Class size is limited, so please register by calling the Local and Family History Department at 918-338-4167.
Overdrive is a service offered by the Library that lets you borrow e-books and audiobooks for free. In this class you will learn how to search on Overdrive’s web site and how to check out and download e-books and audiobooks onto your tablet. You are welcome to bring your registered and charged tablet to the class. This class will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Library’s meeting room C.
This class is free, but class size is limited, so please register by contacting the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.
A Job Search Tips Class is planned from 6 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the Library’s meeting room C. Learn what the Library has to offer to help you with your job search, including the Library’s subscription to JobNow, which features live coaches to help with resume writing and interviewing skills.
In addition, the Library has a Career Center, a dedicated space with additional resources to assist you with your job search.
The class will also cover using social media and the most notable websites to use for different phases of your job search.
The class is free, but class size is limited, so please register by calling the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.
We recently put in a few study nooks near the Local & Family History room. You can plug in your laptop or tablet and get right to work, or just kick up your feet and read a book with some excellent lighting. Enjoy!
These study nooks were purchased with grant funding from ConocoPhillips.
Hey BPL patrons! We are excited to begin creating a “things collection” and we need your input. What is a things collection? A things collection is an assortment of items that you can borrow from us. These would be items that you would like to try out or may only need once in a while. Some examples include special cookware, tools, a sewing machine, shredder, musical instrument or a telescope. Please let us know what you would be interested in borrowing by completing the short 5 question survey linked below. Thank you!
The Newbery Award celebrates its 95th year in 2017. It is an annual and national award honoring the finest literary work for young people published in the U.S. by a U.S. author in the previous year. A prestigious committee reviews and chooses the medal winner and other honor books. BPL has maintained the Newbery collection throughout these 95 years. This October, the books are gathered in the center display in the library. These books are a reflection of the national journey as well as the literary journey of 95 years. They represent and reflect the times, the people, and the attitudes of this journey. There are books here which seemed appropriate, even at the forefront when published. However, in 2017, we see they reveal years of racial and economic stereotypes we now understand to be outdated and in error. In this context, it is appropriate to use the Newbery journey as a teaching tool, and to promote children’s literature—fiction and nonfiction; prose and poetry—on a continuing basis.