I always enjoy it when library events and current events complement each other. We are having a genealogy program for grades 4 to 6 next week, when the schools are closed for Columbus Day. I was searching for some genealogy books to put on display and came across Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family by Shannon Lanier. Then I heard about the announcement of this year’s MacArthur “genius grants.” One of the people honored this year is Annette Gordon-Reed, who Lanier acknowledged for “invaluable contributions” to his book.
Oral history was an important part of the story Gordon-Reed investigated, along with historical documents. You can learn how to interview family members at this library program, and you can even bring your parents and grandparents along! Please call or stop by the children’s desk to sign up so we will know how many people to expect.
Families who come to the program will be able to make a family tree craft and will receive a packet of information to help them research their family history. Please sign up to join us Monday afternoon!