PA Photos and Documents

Through Power Library, card holders can access thousands of digitized documents and photographs from collections across Pennsylvania with the PA Photos and Documents database.  The main intention is to provide historic, cultural and other collections of interest to the citizens of our state.


The collections can be browsed by subject or institution.

Subjects include:

  • Church and Missionary History
  • Culinary Arts
  • Film History
  • Health and Medicine
  • Local Newspaper
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Pennsylvania History Colonial
  • Pennsylvania History – Civil War
  • Pennsylvania History – Depression and WWII
  • Pennsylvania History – Industrial Revolution
  • Pennsylvania History – Progressive Era
  • School and College History
  • Sports History
  • Women’s History


After selecting a specific subject and institution, the Advanced Search option allows all collections to be searched at one time!

Recommend to your genealogist patrons or others interested in significant local history.

– Rob Kalchthaler / Bethel Park

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Kindle FreeTime: Now With OverDrive

Great news for parents!! OverDrive e-books are now available for use with Kindle FreeTime!

What is Kindle FreeTime?  According to, Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime is “the most sophisticated and comprehensive parental control suite available for any tablet.” Unlike other parental control suites, FreeTime “outright reskins the device and turns it into a completely self-contained and kid-friendly tablet.” Furthermore, each child in the home can have their own age-appropriate profile that offers an interface, a separate application, and a media list.

OverDrive’s post on the topic provides additional details:

FreeTime content is separated into educational or entertainment categories. Parents are able to set daily educational goals for reading and learning, and with ‘Learn First’ can require that those goals are met before their child is able to watch cartoons or play games. In addition, parents can set how much time may be spent on any given activity – video, games, or reading – or an overall amount of time a child may use the device. Kids are unable to exit FreeTime without a password.

Now parents and kids can borrow OverDrive e-books and add them to a Kindle FreeTime profile, taking advantage of the same parental controls and educational goal-setting that FreeTime offers for other activities.

Library e-books may be added to FreeTime profiles by following these instructions, or through the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime by taking the following steps:

  1. On the Start screen for FreeTime, tap “Manage Content & Subscription.”
  2. Tap “Add titles to [name of profile]’s Library.”
  3. Select “Books” from the dropdown menu.
  4. Check the box next to the desired title and tap “Done” in the upper right corner. The title will be added.

Be sure to share this with patrons who might be interested, and don’t forget to tell them about the eReading Room for kids too!

Mary Lee (Northland)


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The Switch is Flipped!




Guess what!  Patrons can now select audio books as part (or all) of their monthly allotment of eight Hoopla titles.  No more fielding confused inquiries about why that format isn’t enabled.

The circulation period for audio books is 21 days.  As with the other formats (video and music), patrons can stream the content in their browser or use the Hoopla app to stream or download.

A link has been added to the countywide eResources landing page and the annotation has been updated. The changes are being made to the CLP website too.

In other Hoopla news, there is some exciting new video content available, including:

marilynkings speechiron lady





bruno  idiotbrotherbrooklyns finest




(I’ll watch anything with Paul Rudd or Don Cheadle.)

TAKE NOTE: Some of these newer movies have a loan period of two days rather than three.

I hope you and your patrons are enjoying Hoopla.  Feel free to share your favorite Hoopla content in the comments.

Sarah (CLP)

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Searching More than One Database Simultaneously

I think that we can all agree that MasterFILE Complete is a wonderful resource on its own, but you

can expand the amount of full text results by adding Business Source Premier to your search.

For example by adding Business Source Premier you can get full text articles  from

_The Harvard Business Review_  dating back to 1922, and up to the present.

To add databases to your MasterFile Complete search just click on “Choose Databases”

located above the top search box on the Masterfile Complete launch page, and then check the box

for Business Source Premier on the popup.

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