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Searching for Obituaries at the New Jersey State Library

The “Searching for Obituaries at the New Jersey State Library” class was held on October 29. The class focused on using New Jersey State Library resources to find obituaries. Information was shared on accessing print, microfilm and electronic editions of various NJ papers. Attendees were also instructed on searching our databases for obituaries and related helpful information.

Introduction to Finding Funders and FDOP

During the Lunchtime Learning session Introduction to Finding Funders held on October 25, 2013, Andrea Levandowski explained some of the features available in the Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDOP) database.  FDOP is a powerful tool for locating grantmakers and finding important information about their funding history.  FDOP is produced by the Foundation Center and is the highest level of service for their Foundation Directory Online database.  It includes information on over 120,000 grantmakers and over 1.2 million previously awarded grants with links to funder and recipient 990 and 990-PF forms.  Searchers can identify potential funders based on their funding interests, geographic focus, types of support, past grant awards, and other fields, and then use grantmaker profiles to get application information, funder limitations, and other valuable information.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story – Lily Koppel

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced to the world the seven men chosen to be astronauts as part of Project Mercury, the United States’ first human spaceflight program.  During the press conference, reporters had many questions for these new national heroes, not the least being, “What kind of woman would actually let her husband be blasted into space on a rocket?”
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel takes a closer look at those women, who stood by the astronauts and, in many ways, played an integral part of their successes.

Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America By Henry Cisneros, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain and Jane Hickie

Independent For Life addresses the issues of an aging society where those over the age of 60 will outnumber those under the age of 15. The baby boom generation is driving this trend. Given the dramatic increases in life expectancy and less morbidity, living independently for those who are aging and disabled will have a large impact on society. Many of us are wondering how we will live in our later years. This book educates and gives us hope and encouragement not only for ourselves, but for our parents and families that the future need not be as bleak as had been presented to us.