Thursday, April 2, 2015

     It was soooo exciting to be able to walk outside yesterday (April 1) without my snow boots, overcoat and gloves.  Dare I say that spring may actually be here?  Yup...and now starts the rainy season, when I discover my shoes leak, my hair frizzes and my septic is full.  Yes, spring has sprung!  The good news is this rain is going to wash away all that horrible salt and grime from my car (yay- it is silver again!) and create a rainbow of colors for us to enjoy.  It will be too beautiful to stay inside...unless of course you plan to attend our semi-annual Genealogy for Night Owls on Friday, April 17 from 5:30 P.M. to midnight.  THAT EVENT will be inside the KHCPL-Main Library where we will be dry and cozy in the Genealogy Local History Department.  This is an after-hours research evening designed for experienced genealogists.   There is a small fee for the event which allows you to  enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner, evening snacks and door prizes.

  • Members of the Howard County Genealogical Society fee:  $16.00
  • Non-members fee:  $18.00    

       Call the Genealogy Department  (626-0838) right now to secure your spot.

    And in case you didn't notice....being a member of the Howard County Genealogical Society has it's perks.  If you haven't renewed your membership for 2015, now is the time to do it.  For $15 a year you get a quarterly newsletter (value: $12);  discounts on Night Owl programs (value: $4 per person) AND monthly business meetings with educational programs relating to genealogy, as well as refreshments and door prizes! (value:  priceless).    

I'll close for the month with the same thing I started with.....a picture of April!  This April is my granddaughter, and I just had to include her in this blog because it is, after, April!!!!!! 

                                         - Melanie 

"Let's go swing, grandma!!!"


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March is here, and that means the madness begins!  People are mad about the weather, and March brings the spring solstice....hopefully spring will be around the corner.  

Others are mad about having to get their taxes done, but the AARP is still hard at work here at the Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays filing taxes for free.  They will be here until April 14, but you need to call FIRST to make an appointment:  765-626-0841.  

Maybe you are part of the majority of Hoosiers who are  mad about basketball!  Well, this is YOUR favorite month, because the college teams will be playing non-stop.  The March Madness bracket chart reminds me a bit of a Genealogy Family chart:  
Hmmm...maybe when you finish filling out your Bracket chart, you may want to attend the Genealogy for Night Owls coming up on April 17 and try your hand at some genealogy research.  

I'm a bit mad about the slow speed in which I am getting those yearbooks posted to the Howard County Memory Project.  But soon, we will have two summer interns typing feverishly to update our collection. Oh, and speaking of yearbooks,  did you know the Genealogy Department now has the 2014 Eastern, Kokomo, Northwestern and Western yearbooks?  (Taylor did not publish one)  Give me a few more days and by the end of March I should also have the Graduation List updated to include graduates up through 2014.  

Yes, March is the month of make the most of it here at the Library, or in the comfort of your home with our online resources

 Oh, and did I tell you how MAD I am that I have to wait until January 2016 for the next installment of Downton Abbey????Arghghgh!   - Melanie

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

     February is upon us, and the Arctic chill in the air is unrelenting!    Since going outside is out of the question, how about doing some genealogical research from home using our Genealogy resources?  We have several online resources which you can access right from the comfort of your home.  Here is the link to our Genealogical Resource page.  Pour yourself a cup of hot tea and curl up in front of your monitor as you explore the world wide web of knowledge.  One caveat: must be accessed from within the next time there is a thaw, you can check out that one!)   And while you are at it, you may want to check out the Howard County Memory Project.   I am working on restoring a project from our old website:  Long Term Lovers.  Since February is the month of LOVE, what better time to beat the cold than to turn up the heat.
- Melanie

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I LOVE this time of year because it is the perfect time to get organized (or reorganized!) and convert the chaos into some semblance of order.  I found this quote and have decided to apply it to not only my home life, but my work life as well:

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals." - Melody Beattie.

Melody Beattie is a published author (Codependent No More, plus others) and so she knows a thing or two about how to write a book.  This year before me is an unwritten chapter in my book of life, and before I waste time reacting to what life throws at me, I am going to take the time and set some goals for the day, for the week, for the month....something to give me a direction for the future.  I've already spent the morning working on my work goals, and want to share them with you:

2015 Goals

  • Add at least one new yearbook to the Howard County Memory Project each month
  • Add one new Kokomo Civic Theatre Scrapbook and Playbill collection each quarter
  • Scan new material each month, and publish something new each quarter
  • Convert at least 76 yearbooks from the old software to the new software
  • Convert at least 4 church records from the old software to the new software
  • Update the design of the website with our new IT Head
  • Find at least one volunteer to help with data entry
  • Check my 2015 goals each month to check my progress
  • Update the department blog monthly with my progress

Ultimately, the "book" I am writing at work is the Howard County Memory Project.  There are other items on the goal list, but these are the ones I wanted to share because you can hold me accountable to them by checking the  website and blog regularly.  I'd appreciate your input and suggestions as I work to achieve the goals I've set for this chapter in my work life.  I welcome your email at

Well, the weather outside says it is definitely winter in Kokomo.  If you want to warm up, come to the Genealogy Department.  At this time of year, we are actually warmer than it is outdoors!  ;-)
Happy January!                    



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello - I'm happy to be adding my ten fingers to the GLHD blogosphere!  I'm new to blogging, so your patience is appreciated.

My name is Melanie, and I work as the Digital Archivist for the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.  My job is to update and add to the Howard County Memory Project.  Right now I am working on converting our already published yearbooks over to our NEW software, CONTENTdm. That's a long story for a day we are snowed in, but for now, let me just tell you some wonderful news:  The Kokomo High School 1966 AND 1969 Yearbooks have been completed, and they INCLUDE images!  For whatever reason the images were not included when the original collection was uploaded to the original software, but now you can now SEE your old classmates from '66 and '69....and if my ten fingers do not conk out on me in the near future, you will see the 1970s and 1980s yearbooks as well!  [ Yes, conk is a word.  I have a friend who always wins at Scrabble...and no, I didn't mean your classmates were literally old.  I told you, I'm new to blogging! ;-)  ]

If you are not familiar with the Howard County Memory Project, please check it out.  I welcome your suggestions and your submissions.  Until my next post...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October events - We need YOU!

Only a week and a half until our 33rd Genealogy for Night Owls.  Come join us Friday Oct. 18 from 5:30 until midnight for fun, food, prizes, and research.  We will begin the evening with a catered buffet dinner, share our search needs, draw for door prizes and spend lots of time researching.  We have 2 short programs planned.....Land Records and How Can DNA Research Help in Genealogy?  The cost to come is $15.25 for members of the Howard County Genealogical Society and $17.25 for non-members.  This charge covers the cost of the meal.   While you are here, check out the books we have for our Silent Auction.  Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to the Howard County Genealogical Society.  They use the $$$ to do neat things for us!  Please come.  You'll have loads of fun.

Come to the GLHD to register and pay your fee (we need the headcount so there is enough food!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gear up for some hard hitting Genealogy work!!

Fall is here and summer activies should be winding down.  We have plans in GLHD and it's time to get moving on your genealogy research!

Saturday Sept. 28 (10:00 AM - noon) is the day members of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) will be here to help you with your paperwork.  This isn't just for women, either.  Men are welcome.  DAR members will help you look for links for any of the women in your family or for your own links for SAR membership. 

Friday Oct. 18 (5:30 to midnight) is our 33rd semi-annual Genealogy for Nite Owls.  We will have the library to ourselves and plenty of time for fun and research.  Our catered meal will begin at 6:00 and door prizes will be awarded all evening.  We have 2 instructional sessions planned for anyone who needs a break.  Ron Tetrick will talk about Land Records and How Can DNA Research Help in Genealogy?  The cost for the evening will be $15.25 for members of the Howard County Genealogical Society and $17.25 for non-members.  Please come in to the department anytime before Oct. 16 to sign up and pay the fee.