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A Trio of Tools for Educators – Pandemic Edition

Tue., Sep. 15
Whether you are teaching in a virtual, in-person or hybrid environment, the Library has a wealth of resources to support you and your students. Your situation is unique, so this trio of tools is designed to be flexible and nimble for your needs. 
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Digital Skills Basics: Using the Library Catalog

Mon., Sep. 14
Did you know that you can look up available books, movies, and music from home? All of this information is available on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh website through the library catalog. The catalog tells you:   What items are available at the library Where those items are located  If the items are checked out and when they are due  Through the catalog, you can also have an…
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Program-Alikes for the Week of September 7, 2020

Thu., Sep. 10
Happy September! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hope this blog post finds you well. September has already brought on a lot of changes, from school starting to cooler weather to CLP opening for limited in-person services.  Wait, what? Yes! You read that correctly—Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is opening some of the branches for limited in-person service.  You can use the computer, print, sign up for a library card, and…
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Love Listening To Your Library With Audiobooks

Thu., Sep. 10
Perhaps you are one of the readers who discovered audiobooks during self-isolation to break up the hours in the day, or started to rely on them during daily walks or housecleaning. You’re not alone, audiobooks are getting more and more popular.
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Pen Pals for Seniors

Wed., Sep. 9
We all live with the understanding that social isolation is essential to combat the spread of COVID-19, but one community in particular is feeling the full emotional impact of this isolation: Senior care residents. Across the country, older age groups are shown to be more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. As a result, independent and assisted living facilities have remained closed to visitors for the majority of 2020. For months now, our most vulnerable population has been without regular…
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Digital Skills Basics: Using Email

Tue., Sep. 8
Open the browser of your choice (Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) and, in the address bar at the top, go to your email’s website. For example, if you use Gmail go to If you use Mail go to   Look for the email login and type in your email address and password.  You should be brought to your inbox where you can see incoming…

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…

COVID-19 Payroll Tax Deferral

Wed., Sep. 2
The President recently signed an order giving employers the option to defer the withholding of employees’ Social Security taxes from September 1 - December 31, 2020. However, these deferrals would then need to be repaid between January and April of 2021. Since the order is not a mandate and may cause significant issues for both staff and employers, most employers have not implemented the deferral.…
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September Virtual Lineup

Mon., Aug. 31
FOLLOW US! Facebook Twitter Instagram Teenspace Instagram YouTube VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES Book Reviews: Up close and personal book talks with some of your favorite library staff. The next best thing to coming in and getting a recommendation. Short videos are posted through Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories.  Teen:  M at 2:00 pm  Kids:  W at 2:00 pm  Adults: F at 2:00 pm  Virtual Genealogy: Two videos per…
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Digital Skills Basics: Setting up a Gmail Account

Mon., Aug. 31
Email is a great tool to use if you are applying for a job, filling out online forms or looking for a quick and easy way to communicate with family and friends. If you don’t have an email address, you can set one up for free with a variety of email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo! and Outlook. Here, we’re going to take a look at how to open a Gmail account.  …