Author Chris Halvorson will present a workshop called “Spinning Gold: Shaping Your Family Research into Compelling Stories,” at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.

The lecture and workshop is intended to inspire attendees to dust off their boxes of family memorabilia and start mining them for golden stories — true or not.

Last fall, Halvorson published a young adult novel, “Inmate,” which is very loosely based on her family. She will focus on that book’s genesis, which was her curiosity about the technology behind such websites as

Halvorson will share her research process, the mistakes she’s made, and a bit about the story-writing process.

This workshop is free but registration is required. To sign up, call 924-3235 or email

The following Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., the library will offer a tech class on how to use the Library Edition of for genealogical research. To register contact the library.