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City Directories can reveal a great deal about your ancestors

Find Your Ancestors with US City Directories

Resourceful genealogists love city directories for piecing together the WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW their ancestors lived. Recently Ancestry.com updated it's US City Directory Collection to include content up for US cities up to 1995. Library patrons can the Memorial Hall Library Ancestry.com...

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Love Is a Good Thing

To celebrate the fact that both Black History Month and Valentines Day occur in February, here are fifteen romance novels with black main characters. These novels represent a variety of subgenres of romance novels (historical, contemporary, sports, royalty...), so we think there's something here...

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2020 Best Picture Nominees

2020 Best Picture Nominees

On February 9, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 92nd Academy Awards. At the end of the night, Bong Joon-Ho's film Parasite was awarded Best Picture, the first non-English language film to be so honored. (Additionally, Parasite won Best International...

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Alex Awards

2020 Alex Awards

Each year the American Library Association selects 10 books for the Alex Awards. These are books written for adults that are selected for having special appeal to teen readers. Alex Award-winning books can be great choices for teens who are looking to read more adult books. They're also great...

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Armchair Travel: 7 Continents in 14 Books

For all the benefits of traveling with none of the hassle, check out some of these books that are set across the world's continents and written by authors local to their settings. With fiction and nonfiction, science fiction, biography, and more, there are plenty of ways to experience a new...

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February 2020 puzzle

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's positively packed with programs here at the library: author visits, book talks, concerts, pub trivia, Fish On! and more. See everything that's happening by visiting our Upcoming Programs & Events...

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Superb Owls (And Where to Find Them)

Superb Owls (And Where to Find Them)

We understand that many Americans are very interested in a particular Superb Owl this time of year. However, birders and outdoor enthusiasts know that you can see superb owls touch down in the Merrimack Valley all year long. Check out this list of birding books to learn more, or kick off your...

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ALA Youth Media Awards

2020 ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association has announced the 2020 winners of the Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Medals. These are the highest American honors for books written for young people. Check out...

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Authors Born in the Year of the Rat

Authors Born in the Year of the Rat

Happy Lunar New Year! On January 25, 2020 we will officially enter the Year of the Rat. In the Chinese zodiac system, the years are measured in lunar cycles. Each year corresponds with one of twelve animal symbols in a repeating 12-year cycle. To celebrate the Year of the Rat, here are some...

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A Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading List

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading List

MHL will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, and his legacy lives on in the work of anti-racist social justice activists today. A great way to honor Dr. King's legacy would be to...

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