Thursday, August 25, 2016



Popular Internet resource let you discover your roots in the library

Opp Public Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier.  Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s.

The library is responding to a growing interest in family history that’s captured not only Opp but America as a whole.  A new nationwide survey* shows 73% of Americans want to learn more about their roots, up from 60% in 2000.  Twenty-five percent of those surveyed became interested after searching for a family surname online, pointing to the increasing popularity of Internet-based genealogy. 

“More and more of our patrons want to explore their past and these resources make it easy and convenient,” said Courtney Smart, Opp Library Director. “We expect this to be one of our most popular services.”
Ancestry Library Edition is available on the library’s Internet stations located in Opp, AL. However, Smart says to get the most out of the experience, come prepared with a list of ancestors to research.  “Make a list of the names of every direct ancestor you can think of,” she advises. 

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images census records and civil registrations.  Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information.  Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.  

“Genealogy is a wonderful hobby for anyone who wants to know more about where they came from,” says Smart and we’re delighted to provide resources that are simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content sets that will help veteran genealogists advance their research.”

Opp Public Library is located at 1604 N. Main Street in Opp right in between LBW Macarthur Campus & OES. The library is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  For more information call 334-493-6423 or visit on the Web at

* Survey by Market Strategies, Inc. For more information use this link:

Any mechanics out there???

Opp Public Library Offers Free Automotive Repair Help Online

ChiltonLibrary provides authoritative, money-saving car care guidance

Opp, ALStudies show consumers are keeping their cars longer. With older cars on the road, repairs are on the rise. People in Opp & surrounding areas interested in taking wrench in hand to save money now have a resource to help.

Our residents can access reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, a resource available on the Opp Public Library website. Trusted by automotive enthusiasts for more than 100 years, ChiltonLibrary supports “do-it-yourselfers” of all skill levels. No other source contains more years, makes, and models.

ChiltonLibrary helps patrons save money on car repairs by offering expert, step-by-step guidance on how to conduct repairs themselves, or by having greater knowledge about their vehicle when taking it to a professional for service,” said Opp Library Director, Courtney Smart  Residents with a library card can tap into this resource through their home computers, iPads or tablets around the clock, in addition to being able to access the information here at the library.”

ChiltonLibrary, from Gale, part of Cengage Learning, provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today as well as many new vehicles! This continually updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures as well as troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) simplify even the most complicated tasks.

In addition to finding repair information, library users are able to:
·       Look up recalls and service bulletins
·       Find estimated labor time helping users confidently estimate repair costs
·       Prepare for ASE mechanic certification with test prep quizzes

ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. With product enhancements such as mobile optimization and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, ChiltonLibrary is a perfect solution for all vehicle needs. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. 

Our link the website is Chilton Automotive Library

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Reading 2016

Here are a few pictures from our Summer Reading Program 2016. Our theme was "On your mark, Get set, Read!" A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our participants, volunteers, and our local businesses who donated to make this event possible. We had a great turnout! You can visit our Facebook page to view more pictures at


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What to read next...

We have gotten in a variety of new books the past few months. Here are some of the most popular titles:

Boar Island- Nevada Barr
Don't You Cry- Mary Rubica
The Weekenders- Mary Kay Andrews
What We Find- Robyn Carr
Family Jewels- Stuart Woods
Reunion Pass- Emily March
Fool Me Once- Harlan Coben
No One Knows- J.T. Ellison
Most Wanted- Lisa Scottoline
The Obsession- Nora Roberts
As Time Goes By- Mary Higgins Clark
The 14th Colony- Steve Berry
Chilled- Kendra Elliot
Vanished- Kendra Elliot
The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups- Erika Christakis
A Time to Embrace- Karen Kingsbury
The Wishing Season- Denise Hunter
On Her Own- Wanda Brunsetter
Buried- Kendra Elliot
The Steel Kiss- Jeffrey Deaver
I Was Here- Gayle Foreman
Property of a Noblewoman- Danielle Steel
Darkness- Karen Robards
A Harvest of Hope- Lauraine Snelling
Private Paris- James Patterson
But Enough About Me- Burt Reynolds
The Widow- Fiona Barton
Gone Again- James Grippando
Visible Threat- Janice Cantore
Vain Empires- Brandilyn Collins
Romeo's Way- James Scott Bell
The Emperor's Revenge- Clive Cussler
Sea Rose Lane- Irene Hannon
Traces of Guilt- Dee Henderson
If I Run- Terri Blackstock
Mercy- Daniel Palmer