News from the Reference Desk Category: History

Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.

 

New and Forthcoming Books – February 2020

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Vegan Baking

Sweet Vegan Treats book cover Modern Vegan Baking book cover Easy Vegan Baking book coverThe Joy of Vegan Baking book cover

Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky

Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price

Easy Vegan Baking by Kimberly Potts

The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

 

New in Movies

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers book cover Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History book cover The Movie Musical book cover

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle

Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History by Sloan De Forest

The Movie Musical by Jeanine Basinger

New in the Classic Literature 

Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated book cover The Penguin Classics Book book cover Japanese Ghost Stories book cover

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen's Final Story book cover
Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated by Seamus Heaney; edited by Daniel Donoghue

The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot

Japanese Ghost Stories edited by Lafcadio Hearn

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen’s Final Story by Sara Sheridan

New in History

The Seine: The River That Made Paris book cover The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between book cover Roman Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Troy to Tivoli book cover

The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between by Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer

New and Forthcoming Books – January 2020

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Pop Culture

Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography book cover Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events from Mickey Mouse to Moana! book cover The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch: How the Canceled Sitcom Became the Beloved Pop Culture Icon We are Still Talking About Today book coverMovies (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated book cover

Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography by Randy L. Schmidt

Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events from Mickey Mouse to Moana! by Amy Croushorn

The Way We All became the Brady Bunch: How the Canceled Sitcom became the Beloved Pop Culture Icon We are still Talking about Today by Kimberly Potts

 

New in History

Army of the Roman Emperors book cover Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion book cover Women: The National Geographic Image Collection

Army of the Roman Emperors by Thomas Fischer

Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion by Hilary Davidson

Women: The National Geographic Image Collection introduction by Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine

New in the Humanities

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham book cover Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem book cover The Pre-Raphaelites book cover

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham by Howard Phillips Lovecraft ; edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger with additional research by Janet Byrne

Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem by Michael Schmidt

The Pre-Raphaelites by Aurélie Petiot ; translated from the French by Jane Marie Todd.

New in Travel and Geography

Atlas Obscura: The 2nd Edition. An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders book cover The Globetrotter: Victorian Excursions in India, China, and Japan book cover The Unique States of America: Can't-Miss Experiences Across the USA book coverWanderlust: A Traveler's Guide to the Globe book cover

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton

The Globetrotter: Victorian Excursions in India, China and Japan by Amy Miller

Wanderlust: A Traveler’s Guide to the Globe by Philippe Gloaguen

Getting History Right: Mayflower’s 400th and Your Own Family Story

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor paintingThanksgiving Day, 2019 marks the start of the 400th annual celebration of the landing of the Mayflower ship at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The celebration committee is working hard to look beyond the myth of Thanksgiving and colonial experiences to better tell the stories of the women of the Mayflower and the Native American tribes which lived in the area.  You can learn about some of the plans for this commemoration in this recent article from the Boston Globe newspaper.

collection of old family photographsGreat events like the coming of the Mayflower and colonial people’s interactions with Native American tribes are made up of many individual stories of individuals and families.  Those stories can be easily lost if not shared.  A recent article from Good Housekeeping magazine explains the current situation and offers some tips for encouraging young and old family members to start sharing and collecting these stories. Don’t let your family history be left out of the historical record.  Mount Prospect Public Library has a strong collection of print and online sources that can help individuals research and document their family histories.  Come to the Research Services desk or contact genealogy librarian Anne Shaughnessy for more information.  Let’s get history right.

New and Forthcoming Books – November 2019

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Pop Culture

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life book cover 35 Years of WrestleMania book cover Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir book coverThe Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends' Guide to Life book cover

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life by Rachael Ray; food photography by Christopher Testani

35 Years of WrestleMania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon

The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends’ Guide to Life

New in Spiritual

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints book cover What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues book cover The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) book cover

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints by Mary Lea Carroll

What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues by John J. Collins

The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) by Don Everts

New in Health Choices

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing book cover Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease book cover Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals book cover

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease by Dr. Josh Axe

Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals by Sara Panton

New in Jane Austen

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans book cover The Lost Books of Jane Austen book cover Biographic Austen book coverCamp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan book cover

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans by Holly Luetkenhaus & Zoe Weinstein

The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas

Biographic Austen by Sophie Collins

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman