Promoting Collections with NoveList Plus

Summer Reading programs are fast approaching!  I know all of us are anticipating displays and activities that highlight our collections and encourage our library patrons to discover great titles, both fiction and nonfiction.

NovelList Plus is a fabulous resource for staff and public alike.  Although it is perfect for developing reading lists and printing out those long lists of books in series, as well as finding read-alikes, it’s a great website to encourage library users to discover new titles for themselves.

NovelList Plus has some ready-made flyers and bookmarks that can be adapted quite easily.  Let your patrons in on this great resource!

You can go to to look for flyers such as these to encourage your patrons to explore NovelList Plus for themselves.

Lynne Schneider

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NEW Guide to County Downloadable & Streaming Resources

The Digital Resources committee has created a brand new guide to County Downloadable & Streaming Resources.  You can bookmark this PDF file here. 

Or you can find it on the home page of the Virtual Lexicon Blog and also on the Training Resources Page.

This handout has a quick overview of all of the Downloadable and Streaming Resources, including checkout information, checkout duration, how to create an account and more.

The guide will be updated when information about a resources changes.  Once the document is changed to reflect the most current information available, it will be updated on the blog.

Feel free to print this handout out for patrons or other staff members as an overview of the amazing resources available to patrons with a library card.

And don’t forget, the Digital Resources Committee will be sponsoring three more Electronic Resource trainings throughout the year.  The list of upcoming trainings can be found here.  The next training will be Tuesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am @ Upper St. Clair Library.  And remember if you can’t make it in person, each session will offer a webinar component! Register today!

  • Pam – Baldwin Borough Public Library
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Rediscover Your Childhood with Hoopla

So often I hear from our community that one of the reasons they love using the library is because they get to share the love of reading with their own children and grandchildren. Many times I have had a parent comment that they found a book in the library that was one of their own childhood favorites or they come looking for a specific book that shaped their young lives. It’s wonderful when we can connect those users with the story they seek…and even better when they share it with a young child today.

But with Hoopla, those nostalgic adults can rediscover so much more than books from their childhood! With a pleothra of movies and television shows, adults and children can go down a library rabbit hole discovering old pop culture hits!

As a child of the 1980s and a teen of the 1990s, I can’t help but share some of my favorites with you!

inspector gadgetInspector Gadget, Seasons 1 and 2 (and holiday specials)

This zany and bumbling detective was a favorite of mine when I was younger. Many Saturday mornings were spent in front of the television watching the Inspector try to solve the week’s case…but it was wicked smart Penny, his niece, who always stole the show.


DuckTailsDuckTales:  The Movie and Music

The ever-popular DuckTales is getting a reboot in 2017 that will debut on the Disney HD channel. But before you get hooked on the new version, why not relive the DuckTale glory days? Hoopla offers the DuckTales movie and music from the (amazing) DuckTales video game.


Super MarioThe Super Mario Super Show!

Sometimes the shows we watched as children weren’t actually good. And that is definitely the case with The Super Mario Super Show! Featuring a forgettable rap intro, Lou Albano, AND animation this show isn’t an award-winner. But we watched it while eating snacks after school nonetheless. Hoopla has a variety of the Super Mario-inspired television shows…and they all make for great nostalgic (and hilarious) weekend viewing.

Using Hoopla to gain access to these forgotten gems is a must! So often the shows and movies we enjoyed from childhood are lost and are hard-to-find on payable and on demand streaming services. But they are never forgotten at the library…and it’s much better to find them here than to dig through the dusty collection of VHS tapes in your parents’ basement.

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