In conjunction with the exhibit, “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which is on display at George Memorial Library from March 8 to April 20, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special class, “Exploring Jewish Genealogy,” on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab of George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.
Daniel Sample, Manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department at Fort Bend County Libraries, will provide a basic introduction to many of the resources that are available to the beginning family-history researcher, with special focus on tools to help individuals who are researching Jewish family histories. Online resources, such as the Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest USA databases, items that are available on microfilm, and print resources will also be discussed.
Those attending the program are invited to tour the exhibit, which is on display in the Bohachevsky Gallery in the lower level of George Memorial Library, to learn more about the influence of family history and the Jewish culture that provided much of the inspiration behind Sendak’s imaginative work. George Memorial Library is the only library in Texas selected to host this traveling exhibition.
The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department.
The exhibit “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak” was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.