Genealogy Networking Group Update

On the first Thursday night of October our intrepid group of genealogy networkers met again in the meeting room of Cook Park Library to share ideas and have some fun. We looked through a few databases on TryIt! Illinois, and we attempted to decipher a mystery photo. Then we shared some stories. A challenge had…

Time to Try It, Illinois!

Our genealogists always look forward to fall, and not just because October is Family History Month. No, October and November are all about “Try-It! Illinois,” an opportunity to try out all kinds of databases that our library doesn’t subscribe to. Thanks to the Illinois State Library, you temporarily have free access to hundreds of subscription…

Ellen’s Pick of the Week: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

“Greenstone was full of people who could make you sad just by strolling into view.” Virgil Wander, Leif Enger’s eponymous new novel, is set in the hard-luck town of Greenstone, Minnesota along the stormy northern shores of Lake Superior. Although the town and its people have seen better days, together they muddle through by supporting…