Our new gazebos and picnic tables have arrived! and just in time for the lovely late summer, early fall weather. Our maintenance guys have been working hard to get them up in the south parking lot, and patrons have already started to enjoy them. Soon there will be two more on the north side of the building too, stay tuned!
Join us Monday, September 11 from 6 pm to 7 pm as we discuss ways to protect your computer and your identity while on the Internet. We’ll discuss easy actions you can take to keep you safe and avoid phishing, viruses, spyware and other malware. We’ll also talk about privacy concerns with social media, shopping online, and how to spot a scam. This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Library’s meeting room C. For more information, please call the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.
Thanks to generous donations of LEGO materials that the library received from our patrons over the past few months, the monthly LEGO club will begin very soon! Youth Services staff is currently in the process of cleaning and disinfecting the thousands of pieces that will be enjoyed by all. After a big kick-off event during school fall break, the club will meet one Saturday a month for building, creating, and designing fun! More details to come on the library’s website (http://www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us/) , Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bvillelibrary/), and local news media.
On Monday, September 11, at 6:30 pm, Rita Bibles will discuss the census records available online and how census records can help you with your family research.
At 7:15 pm Elizabeth Walker from the Tulsa City-County Library’s Genealogy Center will discuss how to find family information with Autosomal DNA. This DNA test is the most popular test and is the one you hear about in Ancestry commercials. The public is invited to this free program, which will take place in the Library’s upstairs meeting room.
This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign Up Month! It has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year as libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Whether it’s homework help, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, or family storytimes and game nights, a library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities for students and their families. Find out how much value you can get—or have been getting—out of a library card here http://www.ilovelibraries.org/what-libraries-do/calculator.
Also, this year DC’s Teen Titans are the Library Card Sign Up Month honorary chairs; find out about their many adventures here http://tinyurl.com/yakkxekr. Most importantly, learn how to get a library card here http://www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us/my-account/using-the-library/library-cards.
Barbara J. Shoff, local author and genetic genealogist, will present a workshop called GEDmatch: Beyond the Basics (Part One). To better accommodate people’s schedules, the workshop will be repeated four times and will be held in the Library’s meeting room C (near the Reference desk).
Tuesday, September 5
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 6
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Shoff will be covering the exciting tools at the GEDmatch website which have been designed by genealogists for genealogists. This hands on training is to help you feel comfortable using various tools to reveal information about your origins (including Native American DNA), how to do automated GEDCOM comparisons, and how to compare your DNA matches from different testing companies.
These workshops are free and open to the public. Each workshop will be limited to 20 people, so registration is required. Please contact the Local and Family History Department at 918-338-4167 or email Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the class slot that works best for you.
If you have not taken your DNA test, you are still welcome to attend the class.
You will need to bring your fully charged laptop (a power cord is advised as a backup along with a flash drive). Also, you will need to bring your DNA testing company password and your kit number.
Prior to this workshop, you will need to sign up at GEDmatch on their website (signing up is free) and have your raw DNA data from your testing company uploaded to GEDmatch. This YouTube video called GEDmatch Basics shows you how to do this:
(Instructions for uploading DNA data from different testing companies will start at the seven minute mark.)
Those of us who have gone through school forget the great gift we have of literacy. Being literate opens the doors to worlds that are closed to those without a good grasp of the literary arts.
Imagine going to the Emergency Room. A nurse hands you a piece of paper with letters on it that you can’t understand, and you are told you have to sign it. Then she bustles off and leaves you alone in your room.
What is this piece of paper? Is it some kind of permission? Is it instructions? There’s no one to ask, and you are alone. Besides being in pain, since you are in an Emergency Room, you are confused and frightened.
Or imagine trying to read your job application when you can’t put the words together to make sense.
Or try taking a driving test.
Or read a note from your child’s teacher.
For those who can read this blog, these short little scenarios are comfortable fiction, but for those who are dealing with little to no abilities, not being able to read is a terrifying reality.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Washington County Oklahoma’s population has 4% of its people with skills less than a 9th grader. 16% of the population in Washington County have not been able to attain literacy higher than 12th grade;* and that’s just one county out of 77!
Just as low literacy affects people from every background, so also, individuals from every background can unlock someone’s world and break them free from the prison of low literacy. Those who are helped gain a new horizon that would have remained hidden.
The tutors benefit as well as the learners. Many of them say they find great pleasure from working with people who are either low in their literacy or are learning to communicate in the United States.
One such tutor feels great satisfaction in helping people whose first language is something other than English, because he knows how hard it is to learn a language that is not native. He feels he is making a difference by helping his learner overcome the difficulties she faces in learning English. By helping her with her English, he is also helping her achieve her goal of obtaining her citizenship.
One of our tutors expressed a desire to help someone learn to love to read. Many people have never learned this love, and her joy is to see them begin to read on their own because they want to, not because it is the assignment she has given them.
Another tutor feels that seeing the light come on in someone else’s education is a great reward.
And yet another looks to bring equity to the lives of those who have not had the privilege of learning. Some desire to share what they have, others love to see the excitement of a person discovering success in their new literacy levels, which gives them confidence to try other things.
Dean Jones, one of our tutors, likes to quote Zig Ziglar who said, “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” Dean finds great joy and satisfaction in being one to help that unstoppable person who is determined to learn.
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to help someone improve their literacy levels. And being a tutor is not difficult.
To find out more about tutoring, and the Bartlesville Public Library’s Literacy services, follow the link or call us at 918-841-4179.
On September 6th and 13th BPL’s Literacy Services will be conducting an Open Minds Tutor training session from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Bartlesville Public Library, upstairs meeting room A. Join us and find out how rewarding tutoring can be. .
Submitted by Coleen Hambrick
We enjoyed the eclipse presentations by Richard Kowalczyk of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society and storyteller Fran Stallings!
Need help with your family research? Experienced genealogists from the Bartlesville Genealogical Society can help! They will be available in the Local and Family History Room at Bartlesville Public Library on Saturday, August 19 from 9 to 4 to help guide you, whether you are just starting or have reached a brick wall. Please bring the family information you already have along with your questions. This service is free!