Change to Open Meetings Law Regarding Documents

The Library has it’s Board of Trustee Meetings on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm.   These meetings are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.   These are open meetings to the public.  According to New York State law, the Library will provide the agenda and copies of the documents being discussed in the meeting.  If you would like copies of the documents being discussed you must contact the library no later than the Thursday before the meeting so that you can pick up the documents when the library is open and verify meeting schedule.  Contact the Library Director by email at Director@Minervalibrary.org

Picture eBooks in Overdrive

New titles were purchased for the Picture eBook collection on Overdrive.  While traveling this summer families might appreciate access to digital titles.

  • Pete the Cat Rocking Field Day
  • Pete the Cat Parent’s Day Surprise
  • Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast and other Poems
  • Animal Rescue Agency
  • Can I be Your Dog?
  • How to Catch a Dinosaur
  • Unicorn day
  • Honeybee
  • The Box Turtle

And many more options…Girl reading to top a stack of books

Ancestry Library Edition

Discover your unique personal history!

Minerva Free Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier.  Ancestry Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition‘s millions of records — as far back as the 1400s.

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations.  Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past — places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc. — that lead to more information.  Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.

Access Ancestry Library Edition in the library only HERE.