Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to School - Study Jams

Along with the notebooks, calculator, pencils, pens, laptop, iPad, etc., remember to bookmark Scholastic's Study Jams website. Aimed at elementary school students, the site uses catchy jingles and video to provide step by step explanations for various math and science topics. Each "Jam" incodes a video/slide show, vocabulary terms and a "test yourself" application to practice what you've learned.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gov to Go

Mobile Apps from provides you with all the mobile applications produced by the federal government. Apps include a body mass index (BMI) calculator, an embassy finder, a Food-a-Pedia to help you count your calories and an app that allows you to view the FBI's Most Wanted.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Cache of Cartoons

Step back in time and watch your favorite episodes of Looney Tunes, the Flintstones, Fat Albert, the Simpsons and many, many more on the Big Cartoon Database.

Boasting over 120,000 cartoons as well as information on over 7,000 series, the database allows you to search by title, character, voice, studio, director, animator and more.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011 e-Resource: Ancestry® Library Edition

Thanks to television shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and History Detectives, genealogy has become a  popular pastime for many individuals and families. Patrons interested in unlocking their own family secrets should head to any of Fauquier County Public Library branches, which offer access to Ancestry® Library Edition. Ancestry® Library Edition includes more than 7,000 available databases containing sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more. Popular collections include:
  • U.S. collections - hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
  • Canadian collections - nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada; and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.
  • U.K. collections - censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.
  • Military collections - over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
  • Multimedia collections - millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
  • Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.
All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful tools make Ancestry® Library Edition an indispensable resource for genealogists and family historians.

Access is available in-library only (no remote access) -- just ask at the reference desk.