Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Walking the Tour, and Touring the Walk

This Friday (May 3, 2013), North Madison Elementary School third graders will be taking the Library's walking tour of historic downtown Mooresville, Indiana.  However, if it rains as predicted, then they'll have to visit the Library instead and watch our "virtual" walking tour, like so:


We have some other "virtual" walking tour slideshows that we have shown students in past library programs, such as:


Virtual Walking Tour of Downtown Mooresville, Indiana (long version) from Mooresville Public Library


We have a shorter version, too, for viewers on the go:

Wonder what the walking tour is all about?  We've got a promo trailer for that.

MPL Program Trailer #6
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Mooresville, Indiana

Take a walk on the wild side.  There's much interesting history to enjoy in our little town.  To learn more local history, visit the Library's website on these web pages:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Visiting the MPL Indiana Room

Due to shifting staff assignments, the MPL Indiana Room is no longer staffed on a regular basis. Consequently, there are no set hours for the room's availability.

If the Indiana Room is locked when you visit the library, and you would like to use its resources, please consult library staff at the Adult Information Desk or the Circulation Desk.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Searching For a Seafaring Ancestor's Statue


My library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), which is available on our campus for patrons to use, either through our wireless network or on the library computers.  A patron wished to locate a statue purported to stand "somewhere in Maine" that commemorated one of his maternal ancestors, who was a "famous sea captain."  Nobody in the family knew his name, or the city in which he lived, or any further details.

After 15 minutes using ALE, tracing backwards along the patron's mother's family tree, I managed to narrow the search to three likely statue candidates, each of whom were captains/shipmasters who lived in Bangor, Maine.

I've yet to locate the statue, if it still exists (or ever existed, for that matter), but, thanks to the genealogical and historical databases at Ancestry.com, much progress was made.  It's pretty cool to identify who in the patron's family might have been immortalized in bronze (or in whatever metal the supposed statue was crafted) or stone.  This was simply family folklore for generations; now, perhaps, the statue will be found in fact.

I'm certain of this much:  It's not Bangor's most famous statues (Paul Bunyan and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's first vice president).  Bangor's a large city, so this "sea captain's" statue could be tucked away in some park or other public space, if, again, it still exists (or ever existed).  Perhaps it's not even in Bangor, but that's unlikely.  Our patron's 19th century seafaring ancestors had deep roots in that town.

If we find the statue, and if our patron grants permission, I'll post a blog identifying the details.

Self-Checkout of DVDs & Old Barcode Scanning

Need help using our new self-checkout terminals to checkout DVDs and old barcoded items?

Some items in my Library’s collections (e.g., DVDs, books, etc.) have not yet been equipped with new RFID (radio frequency identification) tags.  Other items, such as music CDs, only have barcodes.  Consequently, such items will not be automatically detected at the new self-checkout kiosks.  For these items, patrons will need to SCAN the OLD LIBRARY BARCODES, usually found (1) inside DVD cases; (2) on the inside or outside back covers of books; and (3) on the back covers of music CD cases.


The slideshow tutorial (below) explains how to open DVD cases and also how to scan library barcodes.


 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to Use our New Self-Checkout Kiosks

Want a quick tutorial how to use the library's new self-checkout stations?  We've got a promo trailer for that.


How to Use Our New Self-Checkout Kiosks,
by "Flat" Cauli Le Chat V (MPL Promo Trailer)