New Language Learning Resource

Earlier this year, we shared exciting new databases from the PA PowerLibrary. Have you tried any of the new resources?

We have! And we want to make sure everyone knows about Transparent Language Online! This online learning tool offers courses on over 120+ languages, including multiple dialects. Work through units & lessons to gain knowledge about the language, then practice using reading, speaking, listening & writing techniques.

Categories focus on the essentials, grammar, vocabulary, and languages for business & travel. Courses vary in levels from basic to intermediate and advanced fluency.

Patrons can utilize Transparent Language Online on its own or pair it with the library’s other language resource, Mango Languages.

Create an account to track your progress, otherwise, continue in guest mode. Either way, you still get full-access to all of the helpful content.

Get started honing your language learning skills today!

Richelle at Sewickley Public Library

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New Reads – Straight to Your Inbox

Looking for new titles in your preferred genres or by your favorite authors? Get lists of titles added to the Allegheny County Library collections straight to your inbox with Select Reads!

Sign up for receive free monthly email notifications so you never miss another great pick. Choose from a variety of topics like Fiction, Non-Fiction, Entertainment, Graphic Novels, Home & Garden, Large Print, Romance, Teen, Age groups (4-8 & 9-12) and so many more.

This resource is great for both library staff and patrons alike! Staff can opt-in to all of the newsletters to boost your readers advisory repertoire or select specific areas of interest. Share this resource with your patrons so they can be up-to-date with the latest titles and authors that are available in the library catalog.

Find this resource on the county’s eLibrary page at

– Richelle Klug, Sewickley Public Library

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Struggling with Youth Readers’ Advisory?

If youth books aren’t your thing, but you have young patrons and caregivers asking for reading recommendations, try Novalist k-8. They have a great section on working with youth – including programming ideas, readers’ advisory tips, and how to match books to your patrons!

Gabi B. Robinson Library

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World Book Online – Going Away Soon!

Library subscription access to World Book Online will end for all Allegheny County libraries.

November 2, 2023

Because our stalwart patrons currently have access to digital resources which provide comparable reference content. These include:

Gale in Context: Elementary 

Gale in Context: Middle School

Gale OneFile High School 

Gale PowerSearch

Science Reference Center   

For library staff: Make sure your patrons are made aware of the World Book Online cancellation and that they know about the other relevant resources listed above. Plan on removing links and advertisements from your websites.

For patrons: If you’re ever in need of assistance navigating your library’s digital resources, you can always reach out to your local library!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at!

— Derek, South Park Township Library

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