Stay on Top of Summer Learning this Summer!

Did you know that Allegheny County offers a variety of online resources to help fight the summer slide? has learning games, practice worksheets, and flashcards. You can connect with a live tutor for more help or just drop off a question.  

Check out Mango Languages to brush up on your skills this summer! This eResource offers interactive lessons with both audio and visual elements. 

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BookFlix is a great resource for encouraging young readers. It pairs a non-fiction and fiction children’s book together that have a similar theme. Each book pair comes with a set of educational activities such as sequencing, fact or fiction, and word matching.  

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for your local library’s summer reading program! It’s another fantastic way to beat the summer slide. 

-Erin Weaver, Bridgeville Public Library

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Exploring Career Opportunities in PA

Assisting patrons with job and career help is an important service offered by libraries. While there is a lot of information available to job seekers, it can be challenging to find information relevant to Pennsylvania residents.

A great place to begin general job searching is with PA CareerLink, which features thousands of positions locally and state-wide.

But what if your helping a student, first time job seeker, or someone switching career fields? Someone who has no idea what careers are even available, yet alone which one is right for them. The Occupational Outlook Handbook can be helpful, but does not provide information based on our local economy.

These local job seekers may find the Pennsylvania Career Guide useful. This informational packet provides an overview of career-related topics including: occupational outlooks specifically related to positions in Pennsylvania, worksheets to help job seekers find which occupational fields might be a good fit, apprentice program opportunities in the Commonwealth, career preparation steps for high school students, resume tips, and more.

Happy career exploration!

Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library

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Summer Travel’s Best Friend – Hoopla Bonus Borrows

This summer is sure to be a busy one whether you are planning a big vacation with the whole family or a staycation all to yourself. Don’t worry though because Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows will be there to save the day. When you know you are going to hit your 15 Hoopla borrows too quick during that long car or plane rid Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows are there in a pinch, so pick from the Bonus Borrows list and settle in with a new read, listen, or watch (they have movies and tv shows on these lists too).

Maybe you are looking for something a little more specific – don’t worry there are Bonus Borrow collections curated to lots of tastes! A list for all the romantics out there called The Happily Ever After Bonus Borrow collection is just one option out there. Hoopla also has Bonus Borrows for teens (Teen Scene), a list for thrill seekers (Uncover the Thrills), and even a collection for all of us still thirsting few new knowledge (Bonus Borrows NonFiction).

Summer is sure to be full of fun with Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows!

-Adrianne, Northland Public Library

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Get Ready, Get Set, GROW!

It’s that time of year again where avid gardeners are planning out their summer designs. Did you know that Libby and Hoopla has a large collection of Gardening materials?

Next time a patron asks for gardening books, don’t forget to check out the e-resources and all they have available!

Gabi – Robinson Library

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