Online: Using Family Search to Research Your Roots

Join Director Shannon for an introduction to the free online genealogical database, Family Search. We’ll start by getting everyone their account (if they want one) and then Shannon will demonstrate, using her account, how to navigate and do a basic search for relatives, and add information to your online family tree. Get the information you need to join the online Zoom meeting at the Events listings on our Facebook page (@harrislibrary).

Tour Versailles–From Home

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

You can tour the Palace of Versailles virtually now, and in two different ways! Here is a link to the “first aerial view” of the palace–an intriguing painting that has notes along with it. If that’s not enough for you, Google again offers us a tantalizing glimpse inside the baroque palace. Enjoy the splendor and decadence that led, in part, to the rise of a much different France after a few people lost their heads over political disagreements…

Tour the Sistine Chapel–From Home

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Sistine Chapel, but the time off from work to get there, and the money you’d have to have to do the trip right can seem like impossible barriers. However, thanks to modern technology, you can take this tour and see the beauty of one of the world’s most famous churches virtually.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the

COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours.

 

The Smithsonian. One of the most amazing American museums–and one of the most extensive in the world–has a number of virtual tours to keep you wondering and learning. This tour includes current exhibits.

DNA: Through the Looking Glass with Genealogist Laura Lee

Saturday November 9th from 10-11:30am we’re happily welcoming back genealogist Laura Lee of Digging Roots as she teaches us about new discoveries in DNA and how they can impact your understanding of your family’s past! This educational opportunity is free and coffee and snacks will be available for a small donation to the library. Come and connect with science to better understand your own history!

NY Shadow Chasers Investigation of the Harris House and Library

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The investigation will start shortly after the lecture ends.

NY Shadow Chasers Lecture on the Paranormal

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

World War II Book and Movie Club: THE MONUMENTS MEN

Join us for a last discussion on The Monuments Men book and a light lunch. Then, on the 20th we’ll watch the movie (and have a light lunch) and get our next book, the historical fiction book The Book Thief! Please call the library to let Shannon know you’ll be coming!

Sign Up! World War II Book & Movie Club with Light Lunch

Yes, it’s free. Yes, Shannon’s going to feed you, too. Come join us for our first-ever World War II-themed book and movie club! We’ll be reading a selection of acclaimed (and well-researched) books dealing with World War II, most, if not all, also having a movie we will view and compare with the book. As Shannon is currently doing her master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, she is very familiar with the time period and a particular angle of the history. We will start with reading The Monuments Men and discussing one of the most significant art heists in history and the fact that we are still working to track down valuable works of art looted by the Nazis nearly 75 years ago!