Monday, May 25, 2020


Word Cloud Search Ancestry - Free vector graphic on Pixabay

At the high school level, I (Ms. Coady) had students research their family tree by using the last available census from 1940. I explained the reason why the census exists:
According to the census site, "Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year...The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets...It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790."
Students then went to the TCPL database site and found the genealogy databases.  Most of them have to be used on site but HeritageQuest Online does not. If you're looking for a fun project to do with your family, check it out! Students whose families didn't come to the US until much later got to research famous figures so if that is the case with your family, check out this page. Have fun exploring!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dungeons & Dragons with Thomas Crane Library


Dungeons & Dragons 


Thomas Crane Library Online!

Are you looking for some after school fun?  Join the the Dungeons & Dragons game on Thursdays: May 28th, June 4th and June 11th! Students ages 10-15 can participate!


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Explore Nature LIVE!

If you are like me, you are tired of surfing the web.  Well, look no further! is an entire website full of LIVE webcams in nature. So many awesome live feeds all with sound.   Here is  just a sample list: African wildlife, bears, cat rescues, ocean wildlife, alligators, gorillas, and wildlife sanctuaries. Looking to "explore" further, the site has educational films and lesson plans.

Gorilla enjoying his snack at GRACE Wildlife Center

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ESCAPE THE ROOM while staying at home!

Thomas Crane Public Library is hosting an event online tomorrow, May 13th at 3:30! Solve online puzzles in thirty minutes to escape the room and stay alive!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

The Boston Public Library has created an extensive list of Asian/Pacific American books for children, teens, and adults.  You can find it all by clicking here!

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Click here to explore the rich heritage that helped shape the United States.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Library Crossing: All the Horizons

I love libraries. I always have. Even as a kid, the public library was something of a magical place for me: if I could imagine it, the library would be where I found it--or found out more about it. Unsurprisingly, that magic sent me into librarianship as an adult, where I can spread the magic to others.

But right now, the magic is--well, it's harder to access. Libraries are closed to the public for the time being, so we can't browse, or suggest titles to nearby readers, or even just interact with other information- or recreation-seekers. And what is a librarian without her library?

Tina Chenoweth didn't want to answer that question. She's the Young Adult Services Manager at the Baxter-Patrick James Island branch of Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina, but she's also the librarian of their virtual branch--set up in the latest release of Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing franchise.

For the uninitiated, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game in which your character moves to a tropical island, and .... that's it. You catch bugs and fish and pick fruit and trade those things in for items like furniture, wallpaper, and other goods to decorate your pretend home and island. It's a quiet, peaceful, somewhat meditative game--a perfect setting for a library.

And what a library it is! In this article published a few weeks back, she explains that most of the decor--book-themed wallpaper, bookcases, study equipment--was donated by patrons "visiting" the island using a special friend code. While the library started small (a main room and a smaller children's room off the back) has expanded to include a staff break room, a study room, makerspace, and more. In true resource-sharing library fashion, outside the building there are areas for visitors to donate spare crafting "recipes" and found fossils and pick up ones they don't already have. On one of my visits, they were even running a library program--finding certain objects around the island and reporting back for an in-game prize.

Screencap of virtual library, main room

screen cap of children's room

screencap of virtual library's makerspace

Screencap of virtual library's staff lounge

The Animal Crossing version of the BPJI Library is staffed by two librarians, who are both happy to answer questions, give suggestions, and otherwise interact with whoever comes to their island. And if we can't go to a real library, I'm glad there's a welcoming place for me to pretend.

Animal Crossing players can visit the BPJI island using the library’s Nintendo Switch friend code, 0912-2261-5044

Monday, April 27, 2020

Get Creative and Draw!

Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Krosoczka is the author & illustrator of the fantastic graphic novel "Hey Kiddo" as well as Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Jedi Academy. Check out his YouTube page and learn to draw something new every day- from a pro!