Zinio now Available on Overdrive

With Overdrive’s acquisition of RBDigital in 2020, more magazines are available for simultaneous checkout than ever before. No waiting for the latest edition, just borrow and start reading. Magazines can be read in your browser or on the Libby app.

This is a great resource to promote to our patrons since so many of our patrons aren’t able to come in to our libraries and browse our magazine collection.

Tracy — Monroeville Public Library

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Holiday Gift Guide from Consumer Reports

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping this weekend? Let Consumer Reports help you get the best deals and select the perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season!

The Consumer Reports Holiday Gift Guide includes:

  • Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Budget
  • Top Gifts Under $200
  • Top Tech Gifts for Under $100
  • Kitchen Gift Ideas for $50 and Under
  • Best Tool Gifts of 2020
  • Best Holiday Sales on Electronics
  • And more!

It even has a holiday shipping deadline guide for UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and more to help you make sure your gifts will arrive on time.

Shop with confidence by utilizing this great guide from Consumer Reports!

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World Book Online: Now Added to Your eLibrary Lineup!

For those who used the free access to World Book Online during the time it was specially available this year, we have good news! World Book Online has now been added to the regular lineup available through your county eLibrary. World Book, a trusted name in print encyclopedias for decades, now offers an online encyclopedia containing thousands of informational articles with illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities for kids, students, and adults.

The initial landing page is divided by audience (Kids, Student, Advanced), making it easy to navigate to the part of the site that is appropriate for your age group.

Far from offering a black-and-white text block, World Book Online is graphically rich and easy to navigate, and includes tons of learning extension. The Kids section in particular includes crafts, puzzles, activities, science projects, and more, to make learning more fun and multi-faceted.

For older students and adults, it is also useful to have a reliable, current resource to point to for accurate information, free of fake news and even deliberately user-sabotaged entries as in other online encyclopedias. The “Behind the Headlines” section in the Advanced module seems particularly useful to this end, and certainly relevant for a time when Facebook is used more to spread misinformation than fact.

In short, World Book Online seems a perfect resource for users of all ages to explore on their own or in conjunction with a specific lesson plan in mind, and we’re glad to have it added to our eLibrary lineup!

— Heather Auman, Western Allegheny Community Library

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Homework help in the time of COVID-19: tutor.com

Tutor.com is a great resource providing homework help to students in grade school through college. Any ACLA library card holder can access tutor.com via this link: tutor.com/clpgh

Students can create a free account with their library card number. Creating an account enables the student to save their work, pickup where they left off, and connect with a favorite tutor.

Tutors are available to help with different grade levels and subjects. Live help is available between 12pm and 12 am. Other tools include the option to submit a paper for review or drop off a math question.

For college-age and older students, Tutor.com has partnered with the Princeton Review to offer practice tests and video lessons for the: SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. These resources are accessible under the “Other Tools” tab.

Although COVID-19 has made learning different in 2020, and tutor.com is here to help.

-Kate Straccia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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