Genealogy workshop Oct. 21

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   FREE Genealogy Workshop, Friday, Oct. 21, 9 am to 5 pm in Library Meeting Room

      Register in advance at Circulation Desk in Library. The agenda is:

     2022 Genealogy Program of Events (Friday, October 21, 2022)

9:00 – 10:00 am Deciphering Handwriting in Genealogical Records Difficulty: Intermediate
Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG, Family & Local History Librarian (BYU Library)
In this age of technology, reading handwriting is becoming a lost skill, but it is essential for success in genealogical research. It is not enough to rely on computer indexes, when they exist, to find and interpret records, as these only include a portion of the information and often contain errors. Learn about techniques and tools for improving your skills in deciphering handwritten documents. Information about developments in handwritten text recognition will also be included.

10:10 – 11:00 am Improve, Expand, and Enrich your Family Tree – With Tax Records!  Difficulty: Beginner
Doug Waggoner, Family Historian    Sponsored by: Waco-McLennan County Library
With some simple techniques, you can use tax records to expand your knowledge of your ancestors.  You will discover new relatives, differentiate between people with similar names, and break through brick walls.  You will also learn far more about where and how they lived.

11:10 – 12:10 pm Choosing Genealogy Services & Software Difficulty: Intermediate
Tony Hanson, Family Historian
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the capabilities offered by ‘online genealogical services,’, ‘genetic DNA testing services’ and ‘family tree software providers’ with the goal of helping participants make informed choices from the wide range of products and services that are currently available.
12:25 – 1:35 pm Building and Researching Your Family Tree Difficulty: Beginner
Bill Buckner and Hannah Kubacak, Genealogy Center (Waco-McLennan County Library)
Budding researchers will learn the basic concepts, skills, search strategies and resources needed to get started researching their family tree. Join us as we walk through the process of recording what you already know, getting organized, collecting, and evaluating the information you find.  Learn to navigate online and print resources for records of ‘genealogical value’ – vital, cemetery, obituaries, census, immigration records and more!

1:45 – 2:35 pm Citing Sources Without Stressing Out Difficulty: Beginner    Sponsored by: Denton Public Library
Amy Johnson Crow, MLS, founder and lead educator at Generations Connection, host of Generations Café podcast
Citing sources is one of those things in genealogy research that tends to make us kind of kind of twitchy. We know we should be doing it and we want to do them right… so we tend to stress out about it. But there is a key to thinking about citing sources—and it won’t raise our blood pressure.

2:45 – 3:35 pm Making the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Your Research Assistant Difficulty: Beginner     
Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, Allen County Public Library This presentation will provide one with an up-close look at the resources of this national family history collection, emphasizing the many resources that are free from anywhere. Participating in this presentation will help one truly make the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana their research assistant.
3:45 – 5:00 pm How to Approach and Solve Brick Wall Problems with DNA Difficulty: Intermediate
Sara Allen, Senior Librarian, Allen County Public Library, Genealogy Center
Learn steps to take to evaluate your brick wall problem, learn best DNA tests to use for different problems, and how to work with the DNA results and genealogical research to solve the problem.   We will also go over several case studies that utilize these strategies.

Refresnments will be provided. Come and go. 

These courses will also be available on this date online. You will need to register at the Library, and we will send you a link to access these free courses.

Don't miss this special treat.

Lawyers in Libraries

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Lawyers in Libraries

Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Thur. Oct. 27, 3 to 5 p.m.

Free individual legal issues advice.

You will need to sign-up in the Library for this event.

Lawyers will answer questions on a broad range of topics: Bankruptcy, Collection matters, Custody, Divorce, Evictions, FEMA/Disaster benefits, Food Stamps, Foreclosures, Housing, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI/SSDI, Successions, Taxes, Wills and more.

Chilton prepare for the road

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  The Library has ChiltonLibrary online and a large     collection of books with detailed information to help you   tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Over 14,500 historic photos on our Flickr site

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Simpson School, one of over 14,500 historic photos on our Flickr site. Check out photos of old schools, churches, and families of Vernon Parish.

Weiss Financial

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Free Financial Strength & Investment Ratings and Financial Planning Tools

How do you know if your Bank or Credit Union is financially stable?  Did you pick the Best Life Insurance or Property Insurance Company?  Are you getting the best deal on your Medigap Insurance?  Which Mutual Fund will give you the best return?  Which Stocks are the best to choose?

These questions and more can be answered by visiting the Vernon Parish Library and logging on to You can also log on to from home with a valid Vernon Parish Library Card.

Financial Ratings Series Online, powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, gives you accurate, independent ratings and financial planning tools you need to make INFORMED DECISIONS about your insurance, banking and investment options.

How to Find the Safest Bank or Credit Union in Your Area
How to Avoid the Weakest Insurance Companies… and How to Find the Best Ones
How to Pick the Best Medigap Plan and Get the Lowest Premiums
How to Find the Best Mutual Funds… and Make Sure Your Retirement Funds are Safe
How to Pick the Best-Performing Stocks

Plus, you can create your own Personal Profile to build your own Watchlist, get Upgrade/Downgrade Alerts and log in from anywhere!

Financial Ratings Series Online users have said…
• “Provides one-stop shopping in a user-friendly online format for consumers, investors, investment analysts, money managers, and students.”
• “Astonishing information, all in one place, that took about two minutes to locate. I really admire the power and simplicity.”

Financial Ratings Series Online is designed to direct you toward safe banking and insurance options and strong investments while helping you avoid unnecessary risk that could lead to financial losses.

Around the world Teen 2022

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Read around the world!  2022 Teen Reading Program

Registration begins October 1, 2022. Program begins November 1,2022

Visit the Library or call for more information.

Come along with us for a Journey Around the World

High School yearbooks

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The Library's School Yearbooks collection is now available online. They are searchable. Clicking on the result will show a PDF image. The link to this database is on the upper left side of the Library's webpage, under Newspaper and School Yearbook Digital Archive. 

Hoopla Digital is here! Thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks are available for download on moble devices and online access ( Patrons can enjoy thousands of titles, from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers, available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to your smartphones, tablets and computers. This is offered at no cost to our patrons via browser, Android and IOS and requires only a Vernon Parish Linbrary Card to access. Apps are available for Android and Apple devices.


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Alexandria Zoo

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  Special Family Program

   Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

    Alexandria Zoo 

     They are bringing a Tortoise and a Snake. This fun program is free for all children. 

Newspaper Database

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The Library's collection of local newspapers is now online. These can be searched, and by clicking on the results, you can print out a PDF image of the actual page. The search may be limited to title or dates or include all of the titles. All of these are available for use in the Library on microfilm as well.

The URL is:

Currently, we offer these newspapers and two historical items:

Senior Advocate, 1988-90                                                                         New Llano Colonist 1927-1937

Leghorn Times (Simpson, La.) 1944-1947                                                Vernon Parish Democart, 1929-1930

Leesville Daily Leader, 1901-1940 (scattered issues), 1943 to date.        People's Friend 1889 - 1895 (scattered issues)

Selected papers of Jack Hadnot on Vernon Parish history.                      Old Louisiana Plantation Homes & Family Trees


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   Check out our BingeBoxes

          Each BingeBox contains 4 or more movies

           Limit one BingeBox per household

LifeShare Blood Drive

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    LifeShare Blood Drive in Library Parking Lot

           Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

                                    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Check-out e-books through OverDrive

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OverDrive is an on-line service providing books, audiobooks, videos and music free of charge. You may check-out these items on-line and view them on your smart phone, IPAD, tablet or computer. Hundreds of books are available.

Free magazines from Zinio

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You can download many of your favorite magazines through our Zinio service. You may read the magazines  on your Smart-Phone, IPAD, Tablet or Computer. Some of the popular titles are Guideposts, Newsweek, Grit, magazines on quilting, crafts, sports, cars and much more. Click on the link on our webpage to explore this new addition.

Three New Databases

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Databases, accessible through the La. State Databases link on our homepage, are:

ChiltonLibrary, Legal Forms and WorldBook Online.

Chilton's Library is a complete library of automotive repair manuals.

Legal Forms contains legal forms you can download and print. There are many different legal forms available.

WorldBook Online is an online encyclopedia.

Freegal music downloads

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We now offer Freegal Music.

9.5 Million+ songs /15,000+ Music Videos (Over 1 million new songs added in the last year!)
28,000 labels including the world's largest--Sony Music Entertainment
Over 200 different genres; everything from Classical Music to Rap, including Pop, Rock, Children’s, Country, Classical and many more…
Thousands of popular artists including Adele, Alicia Keys, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Céline Dion, Daft Punk, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Hozier, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Johnny Cash, John Legend, London Symphony Orchestra, One Direction, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, P!nk, Pitbull, Sara Bareilles, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma and many more…
Music from over 80 different countries
Unlimited simultaneous access for the library for both downloads and streaming
New music available the same day it shows up on I-Tunes or in the stores. New content added daily.
All content is exclusive to Freegal Music (We are a Sole Source provider for Public Libraries)
Free Mobile apps for Apple and Android devices 
Freegal Music Blog-
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MP3 songs available for free download. Many types of music, oldies and recent hits. Patrons with a valid Vernon Parish Library Card may download 5 songs per week. Music videos are also available, and count for 2  of 3 weekly points. Apps are available for quick and easy downloads. The URL is

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