The library will open at 9 a.m. and close at midnight. Even though it is called a lock-in, researchers can come and go or stay the entire time.
The public is invited to participate, and anyone interested in learning to research their family history is encouraged to attend.
Volunteers will be on hand to assist patrons. HCGS Librarian Marynell Bryant will offer library orientation tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for new researchers and those who may not have used the collection in the last year.
Many new materials have been added this year and parts of the collection have moved to new places in the library. More than 50 frequently used soft-cover books have now been hard-bound with the assistance of a grant from the Rotary Club.
Three new computers were installed this week thanks to a gift from Carl and Trisha Blount Barber.
The library offers free access to the major genealogical websites requiring subscriptions such as ancestry.com, Fold 3 and genealogy bank. Library volunteers can also show researchers how to access Heritage Quest through the Sulphur Springs Public Library as well as borrow microfilm through Family Search available from the LDS church in Salt Lake City.
The map collection has expanded and now features 25 of the most popular maps mounted on foam board for easier viewing.
A light supper will be served about 5:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available during the night to keep researchers working. A donation of $10 will be appreciated.
— Submitted by Marynell Bryant, HCGS librarian
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