tutor.com Summer Reading Challenges

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

To help students avoid “summer melt” and encourage them to continue learning year-round, tutor.com has put together a fun and educational activity kit.

tutor.com’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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NoveList: Find Your Next Great Read

Have you ever finished a book or series and wished that you could find something similar? NoveList is here to help.

The resource suggests title, author, and series read-alikes and will also tell you the rationale for the suggestion. These can range from similar writing styles, to themes, to settings.

With many titles including reviews from both Goodreads and professional sources, it’s easy to find your next great read. If you’d rather browse, you can check out the booklists that are available for all age groups in both fiction and non-fiction.

Don’t forget that NoveList links directly to the library’s catalog, so that you can easily request titles.

-Erin Weaver, Bridgeville Public Library

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Career Resources

Lots of people are on the hunt for new jobs or looking to expand their career horizons – well your local libraries are here to help! Here are some great resources to help you gain some new skills for a new job, polish your resume, or get some job hunting help.

The first place to start may be here – the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook has a wealth of helpful information for those looking into starting in a new field or just brushing up on what the job market in certain fields looks like. You can do a deep dive into what type of duties a job entails, what the pay rate is, and what the outlook for that job looks like into the future. This website is provided by the U.S. government.

Now that you know what your prospects, duties, and requirements are needed in your new field you may want to begin brushing up on some old skills you may need again or gain some new ones. This is where Udemy can help! Udemy has almost 2,000 courses (including classes in 8 different languages in case you will need to travel for your new job). If you need to learn something new Udemy can help you reach those new learning skills.

You have studied up on your new job and you have actually studied up on the new skills you may need – now it is time to brush up that resume! Tutor.com is here to help! You may think “I don’t need a tutor!” but Tutor.com doesn’t just provide tutors for school age students they also offer resume help for everyone. You can book an appointment, upload your current resume, and sit back and wait for a dedicated tutor to send you some personalized notes to help you really make your resume shine! This is a brilliant service that can really make a difference on getting that interview for that dream job – make use of this excellent service.

If you need some assistance working through the entire job hunting and resume process you may want to get in contact with PA CareerLink. They can assist you at many different points throughout your new job journey so taking a look at their site to see all the services they offer is a good start to this new job process as well.

No matter where you are in the process of getting a new job don’t hesitate to reach out to your local library so that they can help connect you to a myriad of resources to help you get that dream job!


Northland Public Library

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