2020 Top Circulating Items

 

 

It’s been a long year and you’ve done a lot of reading! And watching. And listening! As we enter 2021 we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the media that carried us through 2020. Here are our top circulating items of the year!

 

2020 Top Circulating Items: Adult Fiction

Adult Fiction

  1. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  2. Sumer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Adult Fiction CloudLibrary eBooks 

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Adult Libby eBooks

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
  2. The Devil In the White City by Erik Larson
  3. Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai

Graphic Novels

  1. The Midwinter Witch by Molly Ostertag
  2. A Very Stable Genius! By Mike Luckovich
  3. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Kinsley

 

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Young Adult CloudLibrary eBooks

  1. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  2. One of Us Is Next by Karen M. Mcmanus
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult Libby eBooks

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

 

2020 Top Circulating Items: Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Fiction

  1. 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
  2. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14, Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

Juvenile Fiction Libby eBooks

  1. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  2. Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14, Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

Juvenile Graphic Novels

  1. Garfield: Search for Pooky by Jim Davis
  2. Dog Man: Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
  3. Zita the Spacegirl 2 by Ben Hatke

Juvenile Picture Books

  1. The Pout-pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  2. Be Quiet! By Ryan T. Higgins
  3. Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins

 

2020 Top Circulating Items: Movies

Adult DVDs

  1. Joker
  2. Step Brothers
  3. The Thing (1982)

Kanopy Films

  1. Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy
  2. What We Do In the Shadows
  3. Young Goethe in Love

Music CDs

  1. The 50 Darkest Pieces of Classical Music
  2. Kingdom In My Mind by The Wood Brothers
  3. Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg

 

2020 Top Circulating Items: Video Games

Adult Video Games

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  3. Super Mario Maker 2

Juvenile Video Games

  1. Rime
  2. LEGO City Undercover
  3. Pokemon Shield

 

Which titles kept you company in 2020? Share your favorites with us on Facebook then help us create next year’s lists by exploring our catalog and checking out new materials! Want to be first in line for new books, movies, and music? Sign up to receive emails featuring recently-ordered Library items in real-time, then place holds before they hit the shelves!

 

December Teen Instagram Roundup

December Teen Social Round Up

Did you know that we have an Instagram account JUST for teens? We post fun things like craft ideas and book recommendations along with announcements for special programs. Here is a roundup of some of the topics and events from December. If you like what you see, give us a follow on Instagram @mcplindianateen so you do not miss out!


 

New RPG Podcast

D&D Library Talk

D&D Library Talk: We have a brand new podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! Get tips and tricks from your favorite teen Library staff. The first two episodes are now available (and are free)! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master.

 

Digital Escape Room

The Coiled Crown: A Fantasy-Themed Digital Escape Room

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have a brand new fantasy escape room for you to solve! Adventure through "The Coiled Crown: A Fantasy-Themed Digital Escape Room."

Journey into a ruined fantasy world in search of an ancient queen's crown. Inspired by games like Dark Souls, Mortal Shell, and Metroid, you'll need to unearth the forgotten lore of haunted places like the Netherworld Forest, Scorched Keep, and Lost Catacombs in order to solve the adventure's puzzles.

You can attempt this escape room by yourself or as a group. Make sure to read the instructions on the first page of the escape room since it explains how the game is set up. This escape room is intended for teens, but adults can test out their mettle too! Access the escape room.

 

Programs

Comics and Cookies

Two librarians are drawn in front of the cover of the book Sleepless. The image is titled Comics and Cookies

Comics and Cookies is our virtual graphic novel book club just for teens! This month we read and discussed Sleepless Vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn.

On January 18, we'll read and discuss Avant Guards Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin. Access a copy instantly on Hoopla with your library card!

 

D&D Online

Winter D&D Online

Twice a month we host drop-in sessions of Dungeons and Dragons on our Teen Discord server! In December our adventures were winter-themed, battling monsters through snow and ice! Sign up to join us on January 6 and/or January 20 for new cozy-themed adventures!

 

Crafts: How to Make a Lavender Sachet

Supplies Needed:

  • Dried Lavender
  • Burlap ribbon (2-3” in diameter)
  • Yarn or embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle with a large eye

Steps:

  1. Cut a 7" long piece of burlap ribbon, then fold it in half
  2. Cut a 36" long piece of yarn or embroidery floss
  3. Thread your needle with your yarn or embroidery floss
  4. Sew three of the four sides of the folded piece of burlap, leaving the fourth side open (you can use a running stitch or any stitch you are comfortable with)
  5. Stuff the burlap with lavender, but not so full that you won't be able to sew it closed
  6. Sew closed the fourth side so all of the lavender is safely enclosed
  7. Place the lavender sachet under a pillow, in a bag, in a drawer, or just hold onto it to make your things smell wonderful

 

Lavender Sachets
Dried Lavender, Burlap ribbon (2-3in in diameter), Yarn or embroidery floss, Scissors, Needle with a large eye
Cut a piece of the burlap ribbon that is 7inches long, fold it in half
Sew up three of the four sides leaving one side open. You can use a running stitch or any stitch you are comfortable with to sew up the sides
Fill up your burlap with lavender, but not too full so that you can’t close it. Sewing the last side so all of the lavender is safely enclosed
You're Done

 

Books

We Need Diverse Books

We highlighted some new December YA books by BIPOC authors to keep an eye out for:

An image titled New December YA Books by Authors with the covers of the books Finding My Voice, A Universe of Wishes, Sky Beyond the Storm, and Heiress.

 

December Mini-Reviews

Looking for a good book to read? Our staff have some that they would love to recommend to you!

Jen recommends Dungeon Critters by Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter: "An absolutely adorable graphic novel about a group of animal friends going on action-packed D&D style adventures! I loved the artwork, characters, and humorous hijinks."

Sam recommends The Oddmire: Changeling by William Ritter: "Magic, adventure, goblins, and swamps abound in this original twist on a classic fairy tale trope. A rollicking good story."

Jen recommends Dungeon Critters by Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter: An absolutely adorable graphic novel about a group of animal friends going on action-packed D&D style adventures! I loved the artwork, characters, and humorous hijinks.
Sam recommends The Oddmire: Changeling by William Ritter: Magic, adventure, goblins, and swamps abound in this original twist on a classic fairy tale trope. A rollicking good story.

 

Snowy Reads Flow Chart

Does winter have you in the mood for snow? We made this handy flowchart for finding your next snowy read to transport you into a winter wonderland!

A flow chart labeled Snow Put Me in the Mood for and gives the options for Romance, Fantasy, and Nothing. Under Romance is the subheading I love fluff with the titles My New Crush Gave to Me and Let it Snow, and the subheading Lets dive deep with the title Dash and Lilys Book of Dares and Winter Town. Under Fantasy is the subheading Wintery Hikes with the titles Winterwood and Even the Darkest Starts and the subheading snowy wonderlands with the titles Blood Heir and Echo North. Under Nothing, Snow is the Worst and the titles Afterlife of Holly Chase and Wicked Saints.

If you’d like to see a full list of our recommended snowy reads, check out this Let it Snow staff picks list.

 

Teen Discord Hours Expanded

Discord Hours Monday and Wednesday 3-5PM. Tuesday and Thursday 3-7PM.

Want to join in the fun on our Discord server, now with expanded hours?! Monroe County teens ages 13–19 can sign up for Discord here.

Extraordinary: A Story of an Ordinary Princess

We can usually see the benefit of fairy godmothers’ gifts - after all, who wouldn’t like to be graced with the gift of wisdom, beauty, or humor? But what would happen if a fairy godmother gave the gift of being ordinary?

That’s exactly what happens to Princess Basil of Florim. While her five sisters were given perfectly standard fairy godmother gifts, Basil was given the gift of being ordinary. It seemed like no matter what the King and Queen tried, nothing could make Princess Basil anything more than ordinary. Worried that her ordinary daughter would never find a fiance, the Queen carried out a scheme to have Basil captured by a dragon! After all, brave knights are always looking for a Princess to rescue and wed, right?

How will Princess Basil escape capture and prove that she's extraordinary? Read this fun and fast paced graphic novel to find out! 

Filled with friendship, adventure, and the positive message that even the most ordinary person can be extraordinary, this graphic novel is sure to delight! Excellent for fans of Alls Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Recommended ages 8+

Reviewed by Kim B., Librarian

Two Grants Fund Hotspots, iPads, and Diverse Books

A tween girl uses an iPad during a children's program.

A tween girl uses an iPad during a children's program.

We are pleased to share that the Library is the recipient of two grants to support access to digital resources in Monroe County. The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services Department has awarded the Library a Digital Equity Grant of $10,500, and the Wahl Family Charitable Trust has gifted the Library $5,300.

“Providing equitable access to information is one of the Library’s most important goals and is reflective of our core mission to provide opportunities to read, learn, connect and create,” said Grier Carson, Associate Director. “One of the greatest challenges posed by the current public health crisis is our inability to reach each and every Library patron when physical access to the Library carries with it a number of health considerations. These grants will help us improve upon that.”

City of Bloomington Digital Equity Grant

City of Bloomington Digital Equity Grants are funded through Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative to help Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, and advance racial, economic, and climate justice. The awards are intended to support Bloomington-based nonprofit organization efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents. Funds from the Digital Equity Grant will be used to purchase ten iPads and ten wireless hotspots for the Library’s circulating collection.

“Whether students, seniors, or residents experiencing homelessness, many people in Bloomington lack adequate digital access,” said Hamilton. “The City is glad to be able to partner with our community’s nonprofits in this small step toward getting more people connected with a basic twenty-first century utility.”

We have long provided access to computers and the internet at our physical locations. A collection of circulating wireless hotspots was introduced several years ago, offering patrons free access to the internet from home. Hotspots rank among our most popular “non-traditional” Library of Things collections. These portable internet access points are in such high demand that they consistently circulate from one user to the next, with a waiting list of 30–40 patrons at any given time. Additional hotspots will allow more families to bridge the digital divide.

Ten iPads will also be purchased and available for patrons to borrow. The devices will be preloaded with eLibrary resources, including ebook, audiobook, music, and movie downloading and streaming. It will also allow borrowers to install and use software per their individual needs. 

“We view this as a pilot project which, if successful, will serve to guide the development of more freely-circulating mobile technology and help us get technology and internet access out into the public to the best of our ability,” Carson said.

Wahl Family Charitable Trust Grant

An additional ten wireless hotspots will be purchased with funds from the The Wahl Family Charity Trust grant. 

Additional funds from the Wahl grant will be used to purchase 100 ebooks, eaudiobooks, and physical books focusing on titles that promote diversity, inclusiveness, and antiracism. The Library often receives requests for materials that address the many complexities surrounding these issues in our community.

The purchases will build upon our recently acquired Advancing Racial Equity Collection of storytime and juvenile book club kits (funded by a grant from Indiana Humanities with funds from Lilly Endowment Inc.), providing opportunities for patrons to think, read, and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism.

“The collections fit well with our 2021–23 strategic plan, which emphasizes enriching our community through equitable and impartial access, as well as inclusiveness, diversity, and supporting respectful discourse,” said Marilyn Wood, Library Director. “The forward-looking plan is resilient and will guide us through social, political, technological, and economic changes.”

Bicentennial Highlights!

A photo of Bicentennial Art Contest winner Rebecca Mueller's drawing held in front of the Friends of the Library bears.

In 2020 we turned 200! Although our year-long birthday bash didn’t go exactly as planned, we still have many achievements to celebrate. 

Bicentennial Staff Picks

To kick off our birthday celebration, we shared some of our personal favorite books. We solicited recommendations from staff working in all areas of the Library and came up with 200 of them! Though our interests are diverse, the list reflects our shared love of reading. Some staff members highlighted beloved books from their childhood, while others chose books that shaped their adult lives. From classics to comics, memoirs to picture books, there’s something for everyone on this list! 

Bicentennial Art Contest 

In early 2020 we invited you to submit original artwork with the theme “Imagine Monroe County Public Library in the Year 2220” to our bicentennial art contest! Winners were crowned from four age categories; Éowyn Eve Legler (6 and under), Quincy Morwick (7–11), Hina Zulkoaski (12–19), and Rebecca Mueller (20 and up). The winning pieces were so fun and creative! They were featured on bicentennial bookmarks and distributed throughout the year.

Bicentennial Book Bracket

Adult, teen, and childrens books faced off in our March showdown! Our Bicentennial Book Bracket was stacked with classic and new titles. Over 4,000 votes were cast on the road to choosing a winner. The final four featured heavy-hitters––Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone vs. To Kill a Mockingbird and Little Women v.s The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. No upsets here, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone took down Little Women to take the championship!

Bicentennial Gifts 

Founded in 1965, the Friends of the Monroe County Public Library Foundation, Inc. has provided crucial support to our programs, collections, and resources for over fifty years. In honor of our birthday, the Friends produced two special gifts, a bicentennial mug and bicentennial ornament. Show your library love by shopping the virtual bookstore for either item––you can even pick up your purchase during curbside hours!

Bicentennial Birthday Song

How many years? 200! We dare you to listen to our Bicentennial Birthday Song and not sing along! Since 200 years is a pretty big deal, we thought a personalized birthday song was the perfect way to commemorate the achievement. The song lyrics, recording, and music video were a library-wide collaborative project, with multiple staff members contributing lyrics and participating in recording and filming.

Bicentennial History

In preparation for our big 2-0-0, we did some research into our history! Check out our timelines for the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch Library to learn some fun MCPL trivia. In 1830, our one-room Library housed 800 books and served around thirty families. We’ve come a long way! You can also read more about our 200th year in Bloom Magazine! In 2021, we look forward to building on this rich history as we plan for our new Southwest Branch Library

D&D Library Talk: An MCPL Podcast

D&D Library Talk MCPL

D&D Library Talk is our new podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master.

The podcast features Teen Librarian Sam Ott, Senior Information Assistant Laura Wise, and library volunteer and game designer Scott Murray. It is edited and with music by Andrew Slater. 

 

Episodes

  • Episode one: Learn group dynamics and how to create a session 0 so everyone can have their expectations met
  • Episode two: Learn about world building and how to create a campaign without burning out
  • Episode three: Learn about combat and encounters in RPGs and strategies for structuring them

 

Resources from Episodes

Staff Pick: The Camping Trip

In this picture book, a Black family explores the wonders and challenges of camping! Ernestine lives with her single dad in the city. When her aunt Jackie and cousin Samantha invite her to go camping with them she eagerly accepts. With dad's help, Ernestine gathers and packs all the essentials needed for an outdoor adventure. She imagines what camping will be like and can't wait!

But we all know that things don't always turn out the way we imagine... like the difficulty in putting up a tent, or that swimming in a lake - and not at the YMCA pool means - fish!

Ernestine tackles these new challenges with grace, and shows us that adventure and nature are for everyone willing to keep an open mind. Graphic novel style panels and the occasional word bubble pair perfectly with pencil collage illustrations. This is a slice of life story with a positive representation of a Black family, and a realistic and relatable main character. It is a great how-to book for first time campers! Recommended for ages 3-7.

Reviewed by Claire C., Senior Information Assistant

The Coiled Crown: A Fantasy-Themed Digital Escape Room

The Coiled Crown

Journey into a ruined fantasy world in search of an ancient queen's crown. Inspired by games like Dark Souls, Mortal Shell, and Metroid, you'll need to unearth the forgotten lore of haunted places like the Netherworld Forest, Scorched Keep, and Lost Catacombs in order to solve the adventure's puzzles.

You can attempt this escape room by yourself or as a group. Make sure to read the instructions on the first page of the escape room since it explains how the game is set up. This escape room is intended for teens, but adults can test out their mettle too! Good luck!

Created for the Library by Sersa Victory.

 

Start your adventure

 

 

Light-Up Winter Card: A Take & Make Teen Program

Follow along to learn how to make a light-up winter card! Watch the video then use the step-by-step instructions listed below for additional guidance in creating your card! This project uses supplies included in our Light-Up Winter Card: A Take & Make Teen program. If you weren't able to snag a kit you can still create a card, you'll just need the supplies listed below!

Supplies included in the Take & Make Teen kit:

  • Pre printed Cardstock paper Circuit Template
  • 2032 3v Coin Cell Battery
  • About 2-3’ Conductive Copper Tape
  • 4 LEDs
  • A Piece of transparency  
  • Assorted Cardstock Shapes
  • And the Paperclip that attached the bag to the template

 

Additional supplies needed:

  • Clear Tape
  • Scissors
  • A sharp knife
  • Permanent Marker
  • Drawing Materials, etc.

 

Step 1: Test the LEDs

If you look at the LEDs you’ll notice that it looks like a little bulb with two wires, also known as leads, emerging from it. One of the wires is longer than the other. The longer of the two leads is known as the anode or positive lead. The shorter of the two is called the cathode or negative lead. Electricity only can flow in one direction through this part, from the anode to the cathode or from positive to negative. We call components which work only in one direction “polarized”

The battery is also polarized. On the top of the coin cell battery, you should see a + sign. This is the positive side of the battery. The negative side is not marked.

We can create a simple circuit and test our LEDs in the process by connecting the + side of the LED to the + side of the battery, and the - side of the LED to the - side of the battery. The easiest way to do this is to take your battery and insert it between the two leeds of the LED, with the longer leed on the top part of the battery and the shorter on the rough underside. It should light up! If it doesn’t try flipping the LED around and reinserting the battery. Do this for all of your LEDs. Experiment, try putting more than one LED on? What happens?

 

Step 2: Create Your Paper Circuit

Included in this kit is a couple of feet of conductive copper tape. Conductive means in this case that you can use it to transmit electricity. We are going to create a circuit to provide power to light up our LEDs to use them as decoration for a fun, light-up wintery card.

We’re going to take out tape and stick it to the cardstock, following the pattern laid out here. This pattern is just like the ones used in conventional circuits, just a lot bigger, and we call these copper patterns traces. Our circuit consists of two traces, one of them leading from the positive side of the battery to the positive sides of our LED, and the other from the negative side of our battery to the negative side of the LEDs.

It is important that these traces never touch. If they do, this will cause a short circuit, and drain the battery prematurely. In general, it's better to use one strip of copper tape per a trace if you can, removing the backing as you go and sticking it down and folding it to get around corners. Many smaller strips may look neater, but can cause failures in the circuit if they are not joined properly and usually are not worth it.

After you’ve got your traces laid down, fold up the bottom corner of the card along the dotted line. Place the battery on the dotted circle with the + side facing up. Tape just the edges of the battery down, if you cover it in tape it will not work. Now when you press down on the folded  over portion, electricity can flow through your circuit.

Take one of your LEDs, and splay out the two leads in opposite directions, making sure that you remember which one was longer. I often find it helpful to add a small mark onto this lead with a permanent marker.

I like to be able to test my LEDs as I go to make sure I put them on the right way, so I use the paper clip to hold down the flap to the battery so that the circuit is always on. Make sure you have a good connection, and that the copper tape is being securely held to the battery.

Now take your LED and hold it across the two traces you have just made, with the longer of the two leads on the + trace and the shorter on the - trace. Hold it to the traces with your fingers, don’t worry, the amount of electricity that the battery can put out will not harm you when used like this. Press down on the battery flap, does the LED light up? If not, try flipping the LED around.

If it doesn’t work, check your traces, are they touching anywhere? Are they broken? Is the negative trace go underneath the battery? Does the positive trace touch the battery and not the tape holding the battery down? Is the battery flap securely held by the paper clip? Carefully inspect your circuit, and if trouble still persists, remove and test out the battery again with another LED.

Once you have your LED lighting up, consider using the paperclip to keep your circuit live while constructing the rest of the circuit. That way if there is a problem, you’ll know right away.

Ok, so now we’re going to attach the LEDs to the traces at the locations indicated on the template using the remaining copper tape.

I find that it works best to have the leads cross the copper trace and then to tape each of the LED’s leads to the traces with a small pieces of copper tape. I then use clear tape to secure the whole thing to the card.

Once you have your first LED in place, repeat the process of taping each of your LED’s leads to the appropriate trace, either positive for the longer leg, or negative for the shorter leg, making sure that they each light up.

Congratulations, you’re done with the electronics portion of this craft!

 

Step 3: Decorate!

Now for the creative part, You can decorate this card however you want, but we’ve included some supplies to make a card with a neat popup, backlit effect.  The first thing we need to do is to cut out these areas so that the LEDs can protrude from the front of the card. Start by folding the card in half on the dotted line.

Use your knife or another sharp implement to poke holes in the top part of the card so that the LEDs can protrude from the front of the card. Fold the card over to make sure the LEDs do poke out of these holes.

In the kit there will be several precut shapes, either snowflakes or trees or circles (ornaments). We’re going to raise them a bit above the LEDs, by making som pop-up supports out of the strip of clear acetate in your kit.

We will be making these strips in pairs, to evenly support the cut out shape. To make them the same length, fold the acetate strip in half and cut them both at the same time. I made most of mine about ¾” of an inch long, but feel free to improvise.

You are going to want to fold these into pairs of ‘z’ shapes. I did this by first folding them in half and then folding one side in half again the opposite direction. You then want to apply a bit of tape to them so that you can stick one side of them to the back of the shape, and the other to the card. I found it helpful to put both pieces of tape on at the same time,  Take your cardstock shape and stick it down to the card, covering one or more of the LEDs. When you turn the LEDs on, you should see a neat, backlit effect!

Do this for all of the shapes, overlapping them as you please. I added some other elements after I got my shapes on there, so feel free to get creative!

Example of the final light-up cards. One has snowflakes while the other is a snowman with a pine treen.

Now you’ve made yourself a fun, light up wintery card! Congratulations on your paper circuit!

Did you like this craft? Be sure and show us what you made. We’re on Instagram or join our new teen Discord and share it with us there! Thanks!

 

Get to Know Your Family!

Get To Know Your Family!

For many of us, connecting with friends and family has been especially challenging this year. If you’re unable to spend time with loved ones in person this holiday season, here are some tools to help you connect with them online! 

To access these resources you’ll need your library card number and password. If you’re not sure where to find that information, visit our eLibrary access guide to get started.

 

Ancestry.com

 

Discover your family’s story with Ancestry.com. Their 3,000+ databases hold billions of census records, immigration passenger lists, military records, and more that will help you piece together your family tree! Archived birth certificates and yearbook photos help you to connect and understand your family history. Through March 2021, Ancestry is temporarily accessible from anywhere with your library card number and password!

Newspaper Archive

Learn about the events that shaped your ancestors’ lives. Newspaper Archive covers Indiana history from 1800–2017 and its easy-to-use search interface makes it an invaluable tool for genealogy and family research. This resource can be especially helpful in uncovering obituaries and events involving ancestors. Use your findings as a springboard to contact relatives and ask them what they remember, then preserve their stories for future generations.

Access World News

This powerful database offers more than 665 million current and archived articles spanning more than three decades that can be searched, browsed, printed, emailed and even cited from over 10,000 news sources around the world. The database includes unique and trusted sources you won’t find anywhere else!

Reference Solutions

Did you discover new family members during your research? Lost touch with a loved one and want to reconnect? Reference Solutions can help you find their contact information! The resource gathers data from voter registration files, utility connects, real estate assessments and more to build a database which includes 89 million U.S. households. Reference Solutions is continuously updated to offer the most current and accurate information possible.

These four resources will keep you busy for a while, but they’re just the beginning! Dig even deeper with the databases in our local and family history eLibrary. Share your findings on social media and tag us @mcplindiana on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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