Honoring the Past: Genealogy and Preservation Series

In celebration of 150 years of service, the Reading Public Library is hosting a series of programs that will help you look back, uncover and explore the past. Register online to learn about how to research and preserve your own history. What will you discover about who you are, where you come from, and how your story adds to our community?


Getting Started in Genealogy *

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:00-8:30 pm OR Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:00-11:30 am

So you want to find out about your family history. Or maybe your family lore includes stories of a Mayflower immigrant? Whatever the reason, uncovering details about your ancestors can be a fulfilling and worthwhile undertaking. Join experts from the New England Historic Genealogical Society to learn about online and in-person resources for family history research.

Hidden in the Branches: Building Your Family Tree *

Thursday, Mar. 7, 7:00-8:30 pm OR Tuesday, Mar. 12, 10:00-11:30 am

Participants will learn how to use Ancestry.com to research their family history and build a family tree. The workshop will be led by Kathy Greenfield, who has been researching her own and dozens of others’ ancestries for more than 20 years.

Saving Your Stuff: Basics of Preserving Family Treasures *

Thursday, Apr. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm OR Tuesday, Apr. 9, 10:00-11:30 am

What’s the best way to store your old family pictures? What does “acid-free” mean and do you really need it? Join Samantha Couture for this informative session on basic methods of storing and preserving books, documents, and photos at home.

Intro to Digitization: Basic Techniques for Using Scanners and Cameras *

Thursday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm OR Tuesday, May 7, 10:00-11:30 am

Everything may be digital now, but how can you digitize your older photos and documents? Join Alice Kane from the New England Historic Genealogical Society for this informative session on basic methods of using scanners and cameras to digitize your treasures.

*Each topic is offered twice. Registration required and space is limited.

Established for the good of the community by Town Meeting in 1868, the Reading Public Library opened its doors for the first time on February 17, 1869. As we mark our 150th year of service in 2019, the library has grown from a single room in the town’s high school to its recently renovated and expanded location at 64 Middlesex Avenue. While much has changed over the years, the Reading Public Library has continually grown and thrived as a center of education and community.

For more information about the library’s 150th Anniversary Celebration or the Photographer in Residence Program, please visit the library’s website www.readingpl.org or email rdgadmin@noblenet.org.

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