Ancestry.com Library Edition

The gold standard in genealogy research, Ancestry Library Edition can lead you to detailed information on your forebears, both here in the U.S. and overseas.  It goes well beyond the information available on free websites, to include billions of records in census data, births and deaths, directories, photos, and more.  The intuitive user interface allows you to enter however much information you have about a person, and can even accommodate alternate spellings of names.

As the name implies, Ancestry Library Edition is only available through your library – and in fact, it can only be used on computers in the library.  So come on down to one of our branches and try it out!

Download Top 40 music for free from the library!

Did you know that you can download and keep free music from the library with your library card?  That’s right:  every week, you can download 3 songs, completely free, with your library card, including:

  • Adele 21 (Rolling in the Deep, Set Fire to the Rain, Someone Like You)
  • Call Me Maybe/ Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Scream/ Usher
  • What makes you beautiful and One Thing/ One Direction
  • Want you back/ Cher Lloyd

Ready to get started?  Go grab your library card, watch our tutorial, and then login at: https://allegany.freegalmusic.com/

 

There’s Nothing like Cajun Music

There’s Nothing like Cajun Music –to get you movin’. Download free songs from the Louisiana Live from Mountain Stage albums on Freegal Music™.   Great for dancing is BeauSoleil’s Menage: A Trois Reels, Sonny Landreth’s Shooting for the Moon, or either Johnny Can’t Dance or the Two Step Mamou by Wayne Toups. This MP3-format music from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron card with sample clips you can listen to before downloading: Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”. Choose Freegal Music.  Type in “BeauSoleil” in the Search box to see these albums. Click either album for a list of songs.

Have an “Imagination Building” Storytime at home!

    BookflixHave anImagination Building” Storytime at home!  Let your little ones watch, read and learn with these videos & books from BookFLIX™:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears // A Garden Full of Sizes -a Rookie Read About Math® book (5-8)),

Chicken Little // What Is Gravity? –a Rookie Read About Science® book (1-4), and

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble // Rock Collecting (25-28) ) —just 3 pairs of the fiction video storybooks // nonfiction books under the Imagination tab on  BookFLIX™ found 24/7 on the our Website’s Kid’s Page! 

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC), a comprehensive guide to automotive repair

Do you need to repair your automobile, or someone else’s, or check service bulletins and recalls? Or maybe just learn more about the workings of your vehicle?

Check out our Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC), a comprehensive guide to automotive repair and reference information, on our website.   If you are accessing the database remotely, you’ll be asked for your 14-digit Patron ID (library card number). Just enter that number, without spaces, in the field provided; for example, 22214000000000.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ARRC includes millions of drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, enhanced wiring diagrams, specs and maintenance schedules, diagnostic information, and more.

Check it out for yourself.  It’s free and available 24/7 at our website.

ARRC is provided to Maryland Public Library patrons through the SAILOR project.

Enjoy some free clarinet music extraordinaire on Freegal

Enjoy some clarinet music extraordinaire. Download adult contemporary, jazz, classical or love songs from 2 time Grammy Winner Richard Stoltzman’s albums on Freegal Music™.  This is a diverse collection of music for a cozy dinner, for interpretive dancing, for baby’s naptime, or for just building an appreciation of what sounds the clarinet can produce.

I particularly liked Siciliano Intro from the WorldBeat Bach album, Infant Dreams from the Open Sky album, and the Mozart Clarinet Concertos album.

This MP3-format music from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron with sample clips you can listen to before downloading: Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”. Choose Freegal Music.  Type in “Richard Stoltzman” in the Search box and choose artist from the dropdown. To see his albums click on his name from the Search Results list.

Have a “Spring Has Sprung” Storytime at home!

   Have aSpring Has Sprung” Storytime at home!  Let your little ones watch, read and learn with these videos & books from BookFLIX™:  From the “Animals & Nature” Tab, choose Rosie’s Walk // A Chick Grows Up (pairs 33-36), Diary of a Worm //  It Could Still Be a Worm –a Rookie Read-About Science® book(13-16), and The Caterpillar and the Polliwog // A Tadpole Grows Up (5-8.)   These are just 3 pairs of the fiction video storybooks // nonfiction books on BookFLIX™ found 24/7 on the our Website’s Kid’s Page!

Bookflix

Download some FREE Easter music from Freegal Music™

Enjoy some old favorites like Irving Berlin or Judy Garland singing Easter Parade, or Mandy Patinkin with Steppin’ Out with My Baby. Children might enjoy Thymes ‘n’ Rhythm’s Eggbert the Easter Egg and Praise Hymn Tracks’s Kids Easter Medley. This MP3-format music from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron with sample clips you can listen to before downloading: Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”. Choose Freegal Music.  Then type “Easter” in the Search box & choose “song”.

Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

  Digital Sanborn Maps

What is so interesting about fire insurance maps from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries?  Plenty!  Digital Sanborn Maps for Maryland show us how our cities and towns have developed. What buildings were there at the time?  How was a building used?  When was a road realigned?  Since at least two maps from different points in time are normally available for each place, it’s possible to see how a community has changed over the years.  For homeowners, these maps offer the possibility of learning when an addition was put on, another story added, log changed to brick, or a stable replaced with a storage shed – all of interest to those who wish to learn the history of their home. For beginning genealogists, the maps offer a glimpse into the lives of earlier generations and the world that they experienced. Maps for seventeen cities and towns across Western Maryland are included: Allegany County (Barton, Cumberland, Frostburg, Lonaconing, Midland, Mount Savage, & Westernport), Garrett County (Grantsville, Kitzmiller, & Oakland) and Washington County (Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Hagerstown, Hancock, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, & Williamsport).

This service is provided by the Western Maryland Regional Library to the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington County.  Find this and many other valuable online resources at  http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info/databases.htm

Download some FREE Caribbean music from Freegal Music™.

Enjoy Bakra Bata’s Afro/Caribbean Rythms-steel drums, percussion and flute or Niall’s & Nick White’s album Pure Spa Tahiti serene nature meditatives.  Start out with some carnival beats from instrumentals like What You Like, Things Fall Over, and Which Way Out but end your listening with some calming from Misty Reflections, Dawn, or Floating Leaves –for a totally relaxing and energizing listening experience.

This music which you get to keep, from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog, in MP3 format, is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron with sample clips you can listen to before downloading:

  1. Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website.
  2. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”.
  3. Choose Freegal Music
  4. Log in with your library card number; your PIN # is the last for digits of your card number, unless you have changed it.
  5. Then select All Genres & “Caribbean”.
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