April is Autism Awareness Month


Click on the blue light at left for a full listing of all the events the library, in conjunction with the Lyme Collaborative, is offering this month.

And visit autismspeaks.org for more information.

Many of the events are not aimed specifically at parents of children on the autism spectrum. We are also hoping to raise awareness in the greater community about what autism is, what it's like to be a person on the spectrum, and how to be supportive to individuals and families with autism as a part of their lives.

We look forward to seeing you at these Thursday evening events, starting on the 2nd with Dr. Stephen Mott's talk, "Autism: What Is It? What Is It Not?" at 7 p.m. at the library.

The Lyme Collaborative is a joint venture among the Lyme School, Converse Free Library, and other community organizations and initiatives. Its purpose is to provide opportunity for common goals—related to health, education, and social cohesion—to be presented to the community on a broader stage. The Collaborative will serve as a promoter of discussions within the Lyme community that encourage positive growth in these crucial areas.


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 Ancestry.com subscribers help you find your relatives!

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