Back to School with Consumer Reports

With the school year right around the corner, back-to-school shopping is in full swing! Consumer Reports is a go-to resource to equip people with the credible, trustworthy information they needed to make informed choices. Not only does CR provide reviews, they also have helpful articles on finding the best deals, health advice and so much more. Check out some of the reviews, recommendations and articles they have to help students of all ages have a successful school year!

-Leigha Lamont, Wilkinsburg Library and Eastridge Branch

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A different kind of beach read: e-magazines!

Do you love magazines but don’t want to pack a separate bag just to take them to the beach? Or are there some magazines you just can’t find at your local grocery store? Or do you get sticker shock over the price of the specialty magazines?

Your patrons have probably said most if not all of these things about magazines. If they have you should make sure that they know all about Flipster and Overdrive Magazines. They can check out many of the most popular titles and they are always available. There are even titles for patrons who speak another language!

Tracy – Monroeville Public Library

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Summer is here, and with it, continued academic support for your patrons from!

To help students avoid “summer melt” and encourage them to continue learning year-round, has put together a fun and educational activity kit.’s new academic summer activity kit is here for your patrons to enjoy.

You can view and download the packet, upload it to your website, distribute it via email newsletters, and use the link above to share it on social media.

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Earth Friendly Resources

Looking for a few resources that can help you protect the planet this summer? The Allegheny County Libraries have you covered – check out the below resources for more information.

The Environmental Protection Agency is a great place to start if you are looking to learn more about protecting the environment and the ecosystems in your area. Want to learn more about native pollinators, safe radon levels, or waste cleanup then the EPA has information for you. The EPA is here to help and you can check out ways you can help too.

Looking to learn more about green buildings, agricultural research, or renewable energy then GreenFILE may have the papers you are in search of! GreenFILE has a lot to offer students looking into papers on environmental topics and those looking to research information on how humans impact the environment.

If you are looking for something a little more short form and easier to digest – perhaps for the tinier people in your life you might want to try looking at something from BBC Earth. BBC Earth has some short stories and video clips highlighting the natural world. If you are just looking to get a quick dose of the environment BBC Earth is a great option.

Happy Hot Summer Reading!

-Adrianne, Northland Public Library

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