- Category: Library News
- Created: Monday, 23 March 2015 17:27
On Feb. 25, Cynthia Hanson will give a talk at the Genealogy & Local History Library: "Unbreakable Bonds: Building Family Ties Through Ancestral Research." The talk is based on Ms. Hanson's experience with her father after they rediscovered a forgotten packet of Civil War letters in the attic. As they began to unravel the life of a remarkable ancestor and soldier, they realized that if someone didn't transcribe the aging packet soon, a valuable historic contribution could be lost to future generations. The experience bonded them in a common goal that continued for many years and led to Ms. Hanson publishing "Searching for John Ball: A Father and Daughter's Inspiring Journey Researching the Life and Letters of a Civil War Ancestor," Galloping Hills Publishing, 2013. Ms. Hanson will talk about the process they used to gather information about her great-great grandfather to compile into the 174-page book. This included collaborating with First Minnesota Regiment buffs, deciphering fading handwriting with a giant magnifier, a visit to his home and community in upstate New York, Internet research, a near-contract with a movie director and the History Channel, and garnering information from an archivist, researchers, and distant cousins. She also will discuss how the common goal forged a stronger bond with her aging father. Finally, she will talk about her great-great grandfather's noteworthy life fighting 22 battles, the historic significance of his regiment at Gettysburg, and his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in Tennessee during reconstruction.
Register at 1-800-613-3163.
Even though the holidays are over, there are still plenty of occasions where you need a creative gift idea. How about the gift of books? Both the downtown library and the library at Alton Square Mall keep well-stocked carts of books for sale from the Friends of Hayner Library. Gift certificates to purchase these books are available at the circulation desks. Buy them for family and friends—it's a great way to support the library!
Here are some handy links and contact information for the IRS, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Missouri Department of Revenue:
The Internal Revenue Service (federal tax information and forms)
Illinois Department of Revenue
Missouri Department of Revenue
Illinois Benefits Access Program (formerly known as the Circuit Breaker)
Due to budget cuts and the increasing number of people filing their taxes online, the IRS and state revenue agencies have indicated that they will no longer be delivering as many forms and reproducible booklets to libraries across the country. The Hayner Public Library District will receive a copy of the federal reproducible tax forms and instructions. Copies of these reproducible forms and instructions may be made on our copy machines; state and federal tax forms may be printed from the above websites at any Hayner Library location at a cost of 15¢ per page for black/white printouts or 30¢ per page for color printouts.
The 3M Cloud Library announces the launch of the newest innovation in its digital lending system—eAudio. The addition of eAudiobooks to its collection is available through an update on their app. The 3M Cloud Library has provided a seamless transition for readers, with the existing apps updated and optimized to include discovery, checkout, and listening capabilities. You now have over 500 eAudio titles to choose from, and the eAudio collection will continue to grow.
As always, you only need to register to use the 3M Cloud Library through your library the first time you sign in. Your library sign-in will be Illinois Heartland Library System. Every eAudio title will soon be compatible on all devices using 3M Cloud Library applications; you will not have to differentiate which formats work on which devices. Once the eAudiobook is checked out, you can immediately start listening.
For more information, you can call Hayner Library Reference at 618-462-0677, ext. 2849.
The Hayner Public Library District has introduced a new service called "Associated Library Cards." This function will allow library card accounts to be associated, or linked, between members of the same household. This relationship allows a patron to present his own card to pick up holds or renew items on accounts associated with his card. This function applies ONLY to holds or renewals and cannot be used for checking out new items.
To establish an association, the requesting patron must present all library cards that are to be associated. Cards can be associated only between patrons residing at the same residence.
Once associated (linked), it is the responsibility of the patron to request a transaction for an associated account (library staff members will not assume association, and our system does not automatically display associated accounts).
Per current fine policy, no transactions will be placed on any account that has a fine over five dollars. This applies to individuals as well as associated accounts.
Associations may be terminated by presenting all associated library cards that were previously linked.
Questions? Just check with the staff at any Hayner Library location or call 462-0677.
Last August, the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library hosted a production team from PBS while they filmed an episode of their nationally syndicated television show The Genealogy Roadshow.
The subject of their filming was 14-year-old James Taylor, a sophomore at Alton High. James has been involved in researching his own family's genealogy since he was eight years old, when he first started questioning his mother and father about his family's background. Over the years, through contact with extended family members and his own genealogical research, James has been able to trace his family origins back to Mali, a country in West Africa. James was picked to tell his story on The Genealogy Roadshow from over 1,000 other applicants.
In addition to the Genealogy & Local History Library, the production team filmed at My Just Desserts in Alton and at Union Station in downtown St. Louis.
This PBS program will air on January 20, 2015 at 7pm Central Time.
James Taylor and his parents, James and Berhonda
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