OverDrive User Survey

OverDrive would like feedback from library staff and customers on how well we think the OverDrive site functions. If you have a few minutes, consider filling out OverDrive’s User Survey. If one of their questions sparks an idea on how we can improve the eBook and eAudioBook experience for our customers, leave us a comment on this post. Like OverDrive, we are always interested in hearing ideas on how to improve our eResource services.

Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Pop Culture for Patrons

We may not be Netflix or HBO, but we have our share of eResource Pop Culture materials!

Take advantage of advertising and marketing from the media to push Library services.  Creating displays and promoting the examples below may attract die-hard fans to new resources they may not be aware of.

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Stranger Things: Patrons can check out Suspicious Minds: The First Official Stranger Things Novel and Notes from the Upside Down: an unofficial guide to Stranger Things.

Mindhunter: The new popular Netflix series was based on this classic book that looks inside the FBI’s elite serial crime unit.

13 Reasons Why: A #1 New York Times best seller is also another Netflix series.

OK!: Celebrity marriages, the Royal Family, and other gossip make up this popular magazine.




The Joker, The Avengers & Riverdale: Hoopla’s collection includes three of the most talked about comics right now! Always Available!

Soundtracks: The newest soundtracks seem to all be on hoopla – A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody & The Lion King just to name a few!  

Keanu Reeves: This nice guy is everywhere lately! Catch a few of his movies on hoopla including the unforgettable River’s Edge



Entertainment Magazine: Reviews, interviews, style and more, this magazine covers movies, TV, books and all aspects of pop culture.

People Magazine: This staple of celebrity magazines will get anyone caught up to date on who’s who in Hollywood.



For even more recent pop culture classics, search for Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Games of Thrones, and Star Wars!

Our eResources are always updating, offering the most recent and popular materials.  Keep an eye out for trendy titles and remind patrons how cool the Library can be!

Rob Kalchthaler – Bethel Park Public Library

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Forms for All Occasions

In need of a legal form? Find one fast through Gale’s Pennsylvania Legal Forms Library!

Gale Legal Forms

All forms are available for free. Users can browse by category, see most popular searches, or search for a specific form. There are forms for almost every imaginable situation – from real estate to auto sales to adoption.

Forms can be downloaded as Microsoft Word documents to make editing simple. Users just types their information into the blanks.


All forms are reviewed by attorneys and, unlike the print counterparts in our collections, these forms are always up-to-date.

There is also a helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section in the database with questions & answers regarding common legal issues.

The next time your patrons need legal forms, check Gale Legal Forms!

Sewickley Public Library

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Get ready for Family History Month with these resources!

Did you know October is Family History month? Get ready for family history month with several great genealogical resources and several tips about Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com is one of the most popular databases the library offers.  For many patrons, genealogical research can be overwhelming, Ancestry has a number of forms available to make keeping track of searches and results easier. At the top of the page, you can find forms:

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  • Ancestral Chart: Basic chart to help users get started in constructing a family tree.
  • Research Calendar: Keep track of where users have searched and the search terms they’ve used.
  • Correspondence Record: A great way for users to keep track of their research outside of Ancestry. This is helpful for people contacting local historical societies, cemeteries, etc.

FamilySearch.org is a free genealogical resource operated by the Church of Latter-day Saints.  Users can create an account, get started on a family tree and connect their family tree with other users on the site if they would like.

The FamilySearch Research Wiki has a lot of information about how users can get started with genealogical questions and contains links to individual state and country resources as well.

Find A Grave allows users to browse and find graves of ancestors.  It is a free resource that may be helpful to users who are unable to get to cemeteries to look up information.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have many great historical societies, archives and museums! Be sure to check them out as well for local genealogical information!

  • Pam Calfo, Baldwin
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