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Hey Virtual Party People!

Mon., Mar. 30
Well folks, I think we’re probably all in agreement that staying at home  is getting a tad stale. I’m the first person to admit that I normally adore my alone time; I often crave a quiet night in after a busy day at the library. That said, I am equal parts comfy-pants lady and...possibly the most social, active person in existence. I love love love…
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Top 5 Beginning Genealogy Questions

Sat., Mar. 28
Based on the questions we’re getting through our new chat reference system, a lot of you are working on your family history history right now. For the beginners out there, I thought I’d share the top five questions new genealogists ask the librarians in the Pennsylvania Department when they’re getting started. 1. Can I look at the file on my family?  This is absolutely the…

COVID-19 Resources: Urgent Community Needs

Sat., Mar. 28
When the COVID-19 crisis hit, so much became uncertain, but one thing didn't change and that is our ability to do what we need to do to help our neighbors. If you take Mr. Rogers' advice, you can look for the helpers, and that is what this post intends to help you do. Pittsburghers have big hearts and now more than ever we are banding…

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 April 6. Check back here for more updates as they become available.  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 tables in the library.…
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COVID-19 Resources: Digital Literacy During Social Distancing

Tue., Mar. 24
For those of us who have the means and skills to use technology at home, these tools have become one of our best defenses against loneliness and isolation during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The internet is the place where many of us get up-to-the-minute news and information, access resources that we need to live well, and to connect with family, friends, and colleagues. If you or…
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COVID-19 Resources: Pittsburgh Job, Business, and Nonprofit Resources

Mon., Mar. 23
COVID-19 business closures will have a short- and long-term impact on Pittsburghers’ economic well-being. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has a robust network of organizations that support workers and small businesses, and many, including Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, are offering the remote services described below. Job Seekers Resumes, Mock Interviews, and Skills Updates If you are working on a resumé to prepare for a new job or career,…

COVID-19 Resources: How Adults Can Stay Active and Connected

Mon., Mar. 23
Kids don’t have to have all the fun! Whether you’re getting stir crazy and want to explore somewhere new, miss your local hangouts, or just need ways to stay active on your own, check out these free interactive online resources. Educational Ready to write that great American novel? Travel to Space? Freshen up those research skills and learn something new? JSTOR has made much of their…

Voting 2020: Mail-In Ballots

Mon., Mar. 23
NOTE: The Primary Election has been moved to June 2. The last day to register to vote is May 18. For more information, visit the VotesPA Upcoming Election 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 April 21. You'll receive a ballot in the mail. Mark your ballot and return it by April 28. It's that simple! Registered voters can apply…
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Creativebug—You’re more creative than you think!

Sun., Mar. 22
Unleash your creativity with Creativebug. With a library card and email address, you can start taking crafting classes right in your home! Material lists for each class are provided, but if you don’t have the exact materials listed get creative and make do with the materials you already have at home. Not sure where to start? Once you’re signed into Creativebug, click on “50 Classes…

eResource Tutorial Videos 

Sun., Mar. 22
Trying something new can sometimes be a lot especially if we don’t even know where to start. If you’ve only ever read a book made with real pages, trying an electronic book can feel overwhelming. The library is here to help! We’ve put together a list of tutorials to help get you started reading (or listening!) to books online. And, as always, if you have…