Graphic of a ballot box with a card saying "Ready, set, vote" going into it. The bubble next to "vote" is filled in.

May 18th is the PA Municipal Primary Election!

Fri., May. 14
It's election season once again! While not as contentious as a presidential election year, there are many local/statewide candidates and ballot questions to be aware of, as these decisions will impact you and your community for years to come.
The US Capitol Building, decorated in preparation for the inauguration of President Obama.

Inauguration Day 2021

Tue., Jan. 19
Inauguration Day takes place on January 20, 2021, and will be unlike any in U.S. history. Normally regarded as the end of one presidential era and the beginning of the next through a peaceful transfer of power, complete with parades, balls and large celebrations, this year's inauguration will look and feel completely different.

2020 Census: Hard-to-Count Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Thu., Sep. 3
As of September 3, 2020, the following neighborhoods in Pittsburgh PA not shaded dark blue are at risk for a severe undercount in the 2020 Census (click image to view full size). See the full map at According to Nonprofit VOTE, the Census Bureau recognizes a range of sociodemographic and other groups as hard-to-count. The following persons, many served or engaged by nonprofits, are…

Navigating Information Fatigue

Tue., Aug. 25
Upcoming Programs: May 13, 2021: Social Media and Society May 20, 2021: Social Media and Me (Addiction by Design) Join us for a two-part series on the ways in which social media has contributed to information fatigue, and what we can do to take back control over our digital lives. Our presenter will share resources and offer guidance on the subtle effects social media has…

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day!

Thu., Aug. 20
What is National Voter Registration Day? National Voter Registration Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Tuesday of September. First celebrated in 2012, it is a nonpartisan civic holiday that celebrates our democracy, and one that involves the collective efforts of thousands of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, election officials, and more from all over the country. This year, National Voter Registration Day…
Family with two adults and two children sitting on a couch in their pajamas, smiling at each other.

Census Information for Kids

Mon., Jun. 8
It’s important to talk to the kids in your life about why we need a complete count for the 2020 Census. For many children, this is the first Census they will take part in of their lifetime. These numbers will shape their life for the next 10 years, from meals to transportation to financial aid and more. If just one person is missed, that means…
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History of the Census: 230 Years and Counting

Tue., May. 12
Ever wondered how the first Census began? What has changed over time? Why they ask certain questions? Let's dive in to some of these questions using Library resources and research. The first Census Day took place on August 2, 1790. Rather than the door-knocking (or texting) enumerators we know today, the original census takers rode on horseback to find, question and catalog the population of…
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Voting 2020: New System Demonstrations

Tue., Mar. 24
UPDATE: At this time, the Elections Division is suspending all library voting system demonstrations scheduled from now until further notice. Please refer to our post on mail-in ballots for information on completing that process. This year, Allegheny County is launching a campaign to make patrons aware of upcoming changes to the voting system in the primary and general elections. The county will provide manned information…
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Voting 2020: Mail-In Ballots

Mon., Mar. 23
UPDATED September 4, 2020 NOTE: The General Election is  November 3. The last day to register to vote is October 19. For more information, visit the VotesPA website. Voting by mail is now an option in Pennsylvania. It's an easy, convenient and secure way to cast your ballot. Apply online by October 27. You'll receive a ballot in the mail. Mark your ballot and return it by November 3. It's that…
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COVID-19 Resources: Prevention and Protection

Wed., Mar. 18
Updated: April 29, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a helpful online resource on protection and prevention against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Here are the main steps they recommend to take in keeping yourself and others healthy: Know How it Spreads The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one…