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Tuesday’s Tip — Ancestry.com Free New York State Resources

Ancestry.com.  You’ve seen it advertised on TV!  Maybe you’ve been curious about what this database has to offer.  Maybe you have already come into the Adriance Memorial Library to check out the full version.  If you haven’t yet, and you have ancestors that lived in New York State, you might want to see what resources the New York State Archives has made available to conduct family research.  Click on the link to the Tip, and you can start to shake your family tree!  Tuesday’s Tip — August 18, 2015 (Ancestry.com NY Resources)Family Tree Photo Holder

Report on Children and Reading

Scholastic has published the fifth edition of its popular Kids & Family Reading Report that gauges how children and their parents view reading in their daily lives. Of the children surveyed, 51% were currently reading a book for fun, and an additional 20% had recently completed one. 31% of the children polled identify as frequent readers, down from 37% in 2010. The report suggests that the reason for this decline is, “the increasing prevalence of other activities…, most notably, spending time using devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.” One positive finding was that children are far more likely to enjoy reading when they are given the freedom to choose their own books.

“Scout” to Read from Harper Lee’s New Book

The New York Times reports that Mary Badham, the actress who played the young Scout in the 1962 movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will give voice to that character again to celebrate the publication of Ms. Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

Ms. Badham will appear at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in Manhattan on July 14, when the new book goes on sale. She will read from both “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is narrated by Scout and set in Depression-era Alabama, and “Go Set a Watchman,” which features Scout 20 years later, returning home from New York. The event, which will be streamed at 92Y.org/harperlee, is one of dozens of “Watchman” celebrations taking place in bookstores, theaters and libraries across the country on July 14.

Tuesday’s Tip — Old Farmer’s Almanac

For a little bit of ‘homespun’, take a look at the Old Farmer’s Almanac!  It’s full of folklore and helpful tips for a sustainable lifestyle, with an emphasis on living on the land and following the seasons.  It also includes recipes for enjoying your harvest.  For the complete experience, check out the print edition at the library!  Or, explore the online version highlighted in this week’s Tip:  Tuesday’s Tip – June 23,2015 (Old Farmer’s Almanac)

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