November is Lyme’s Month of WONDER

All of Lyme is invited to discover and explore R.J. Palacio's Wonder, the fictional story of ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. Auggie goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Watch the 90-second book trailer above for a taste of this remarkable book.

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. A Sensory Feast of Wonder’s Cultural References, with Judy Russell. R.J. Palacio's novel is filled with references to movies, songs, and books. Take a guided trip through the cultural references that inform Auggie's perspective.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30  Including Samuel film and discussion with Lyme School Special Education Director Miki McGee. Including Samuel examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The film is built on the efforts of filmmaker Dan Habib and his family to include Samuel, 7, in all facets of school and community. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts. Best for ages 8 and up.

Monday, November 23, 2 p.m. Community Book Discussion with Bonnie Cornell and Lyme School students. Bonnie has read Wonder with her students in past years. Come hear their take on the book and share your reactions and reflections.

All month:

  • Books and audios available at the library
  • Add your precept to the “#ChooseKind” Board at the library or at
  • Tweet using the hashtags  #thewonderofwonder, #choosekind, and/or #lymesmonthofwonder
  • Get updates on Twitter @lymelibrary!

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. Sam Drazin presents “Bringing Wonder to Life,” at the Lyme School. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss? Sam was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly which is similar to that of Auggie, the main character of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Like Auggie, Sam has undergone multiple surgeries and faced the challenges of adolescence while looking a bit different. Growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as a teacher, Sam will take you on his journey, sharing with you the challenges as well as humor in everyday situations. Sam believes awareness is essential to support children and adults in becoming more aware and accepting of all differences. Best for ages 10 and up. Sponsored by the Lyme Collaborative.

Join us for part or all of our offerings!

People & Places: Photography by Anne Baird and Nora Palmer Gould

“Photography is a save button for the mind’s eye.” -Rodger Kingston

Anne ABaird2Baird: A photographer’s work has the potential to be as unique as a fingerprint, and as identifiable as a signature. My camera is my constant companion, reminding me to be alert and to pay attention. It allows me to interact with and comment visually on the world asGould.Kyoto I see it. The digital camera encourages me to push at the edges of my world, to experiment, and to move beyond photo “clichés.”

Nora Palmer Gould: Travel and photography go hand in hand in my life.  Twenty five years ago my husband gave me my first Nikon digital camera.  It proved to be the perfect piece of gear for me.  We traveled in Europe, South and Central America, Africa, New Zealand and Asia over those next twenty five years. My camera(s) traveled with me.  The camera helped me capture people’s lives.  It has proven to be a friend, and a challenge.  My photographs are my travel journal.          

Join the photographers, both of Lyme, for an opening reception on Wednesday, October 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Betty Grant Gallery. Their exhibit will be on display from October 5 to December 31.

New Services, New Look for HeritageQuest

from Bobbi Slossar, Technology Services Librarian at the New Hampshire State Library

There are some wonderful updates to the HeritageQuest Online database for genealogical research. The database is now running off of the Ancestry platform and incorporates many fantastic features from the popular commercial database. This database is licensed for at-home patron use. Please contact the library to access the account username and password.

New Features (Click any image to enlarge)

Check out the added transcription at the top and bottom of records!

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Users can send the information as links to themselves.

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Or save the image to their computer.

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And there are printer-friendly versions of records just a click away!

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While viewing an image from the census, it is possible to click on the Tools menu and browse the film strip. This can be helpful in finding other nearby family members.

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Thankfully, one of the more useful features of the original HeritageQuest Online still exists in the new platform: the ability to browse the census records by location. This can be really helpful in cases when you know where the family lived, but name searches fail.

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And thanks to the Ancestry platform, any spelling changes previously recommended by subscribers help you find your relatives!

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You can learn more about the new features on the HQO help.