David Osborne on the Library: Genealogy Help, Local History…


David A. Osborne on the Library: “Staff are very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and assist me in any way that they can.”David Osborne

David A. Osborne remembers a time before the library, “Years ago, we did not have the luxury of going to the library. It took years to get a small library. As the population has increased, the library has stepped up to fulfill needs.”

Mr. Osborne uses the library a little differently than you might expect. He is a regular visitor to the Local History Department and a genealogy enthusiast. “I attended a one-night class at the Florence Library. At that class, I found out about the Local History section at the Main Library in Burlington. Because of that I started coming to Burlington 9 years ago. I was impressed.”

“Burlington has a Local History Department made up of different individuals with different responsibilities. Staff are very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and assist me in any way that they can. When I have difficult issues with genealogy, Kaitlin and Hillary find the resources to help me.”

He credits the Local History staff’s community involvement as a major contributor to its success, “When they employed (Local History Coordinator) Bridget to come aboard, she was very involved with the community. She has always partnered with other organizations to bring programs to the community.”

If the Local History Department isn’t partnering with organizations, community members are gracious enough to volunteer, “It is impressive to see the number of volunteers, almost every day that I come in, transcribing old records and doing other things.”

Mr. Osborne notes the other activities available at the library, “The public has noticed that they need more reading and activities for children. In the summertime, the libraries are busy with reading programs all through the county.”

“I’m grateful that people had the foresight to enhance a major library like we have in the county.”

–Kaitlin

Kaitlin Barber is a Boone County native with an MA in Public History from NKU, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. She began her work with Local History at BCPL in 2011, as a digitization intern. She is now a Local History Librarian who is grateful for the opportunity to work with members of the community like David A. Osborne.

No holds on these digital audiobook titles!

August is Inspirational Fiction month here at BCPL and we just added a new digital audiobook service called OneClickdigital that has several Inspirational titles with no holds or waitlists. If you are new to OneClickdigital, watch this short video to get started and then check out some of our favorites:

Where Do I Go? by Neta Jackson
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“In Where Do I Go? by Gold Medallion Award winner Neta Jackson, Gabrielle Fairbanks hopes her move to Chicago will help her find real purpose in life. When she stumbles over a homeless woman and into a job as program director of the House of Hope-a downtown women’s homeless shelter-she believes she’s found what she’s been missing. And then her disgruntled husband threatens to divorce her and take custody of their children unless she quits working at the shelter.”

Hidden Places by Lynn Austin
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Hidden Places is a Christy Award winner for excellence in Christian fiction. Fragrant blossoms herald spring, but the orchard is also a place of secrets and heartache. After the death of her husband Frank, Eliza is left with three young children and mounting debts. When a gentle stranger enters her orchard, she experiences a peculiar sensation of familiarity with the man. But will his unknown past jeopardize all that she has fought for?”

 Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
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“In the style of Jane Austen, debut author Julie Klassen delivers a compelling Regency Era novel. A vicar’s daughter avoids her neighbors’ scorn by finding refuge in London’s Milkweed Manor, a mysterious bastion of old secrets and new life. Trying to conceal her identity, she encounters a former suitor with secrets of his own. Resolved to protect their loved ones, neither realizes the level of self-sacrifice this will require. ‘This strangely sad, yet hopeful tale … will make your heart sing.’ -Edgy Inspirational”

 Against All Odds by Irene Hannon
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“RITA Award winner Irene Hannon has also won the Holt Medallion for her romantic suspense. In this pulse-pounding thriller, the White House orders elite FBI operator Evan Cooper to secure Monica Callahan from a terrorist threat. But since Monica refuses all calls from her senior diplomat father, she sees no need for his round-the- clock protection-until a chilling ‘message’ leaves no doubt. ‘Brava! . a not-to-be-missed reading experience.’-Romantic Times Book Reviews”

–Emily

Emily Kean is the Digital Services Librarian at Boone County Public Library and the consortium administrator for Kentucky Libraries Unbound. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Information Science and has managed electronic resources in special and public libraries for over ten years.