Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Daily Republican, Schuylkill Roots, and the Molly Maguires

Here at the Pottsville Free Public Library we have a unique collection of local history and genealogy materials. Local newspapers, census records, city directories and annual mining reports are on microfilm, while family and county histories are on our Local History shelves.

Looking for Schuylkill County obituaries? We have the Pottsville Republican newspaper from October1884 to the present time, and we are creating an index for it. You can view what we have already accomplished by clicking right here or by going to our “Genealogy and Local History Materials” page and click on the link for 'Newspapers'. We also have some microfilm of the Shenandoah Evening Herald (May 1891 - 1980 with some gaps) and the Ashland Daily News (1926 - 1950).

Our collection of graveyard, church, and funeral home records compiled by Schuylkill Roots is probably the most used part of the collection. An inventory of what we have is found on our Schuylkill County genealogy and local history page. These books are published by Jean Dellock and Philip Rice. Jean is now with the Historical Society of Schuylkill County; you can visit the Society at their website.

We have a number of materials pertaining to the Molly Maguires, ranging from a VHS copy of the film staring Sean Connery to a scrapbook on microfilm, and an ample collection of fiction and non-fiction books.

Have any questions? Give us a call or send us an email to find out more.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Library is Rearranging!

Have you visited the Pottsville Library recently? We've been rearranging several collections, all to serve you better.

Current magazines have been moved from the front area of Reference into the side room that also contains our microfilm machines and collections. If you need help finding it, just ask at the Reference Desk and we'll help you out.

The shelves that used to hold the magazines now hold the entire VHS tape collection. We hope this will help people find the video tapes they are looking for, compared to before the shift when they were in three different places in the library.

The spinners that held the VHS tapes are being moved around some, and will hold more of the music CDs and the DVDs.

Upstairs on the second floor, the science fiction, paperback, large print, and books on audio tape collections are being shifted around. Hopefully, with all this shifting, there will be more room for the books on CD collection which continues to grow.

Of course, anytime you have problems finding something, please ask one of the library staff for help!