By Keith Rice and first appearing on Signature Reads
The words “peak TV” get thrown around a lot, but the fact is we are in a period where television is daring, complex, and quite possibly at a creative zenith. Basic stations are catching up with the creativity of cable networks. Streaming services and premium networks continue to push the envelope ever further. Unfortunately, TV series do not operate on a perpetual schedule and there can sometimes be seemingly interminable waits between seasons. How should you fill your time between the premieres of your favorite series?
We’re glad you asked.
There is thankfully no shortage of literary analogues for the best television has to offer. To whet your appetite for a little literary exploration, we’ve taken a few of our favorite series and paired them with the books to read when you’re through binge-watching.
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Now powered by Ancestry.com, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
- U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
- Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
- Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
- Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
- U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through Moline Library website (under the Catalogs & Databases tab), HeritageQuest is a valuable resource to any family history publications or genealogist.
The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.
Books, as a whole, have the ability to shape our childhoods and help establish our literary preferences but sometimes a book scene becomes so ingrained in our minds that it becomes part of who we are.
Here are some other of Team OverDrive’s favorite book scenes (Warning: some potential spoilers for older books ahead).
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Literacy in a Digital World
On 8 September, 2017 a global event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.
At record speed, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialize everywhere. They are giving new possibilities to people to improve all areas of their lives including access to information; knowledge management; networking; social services; industrial production, and mode of work. However, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalized in increasingly digitally driven societies. Literacy is one such essential skill.
Visit UNESCO’s site to learn more and help spread the word about the importance literacy.
The Hugo Awards, which annually honors the best of science fiction and fantasy, were presented in August at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland. Take a look at the winners here!