CLP Blog

Always Available on Hoopla: Mindfulness and Meditation

Sun., Mar. 29
Sometimes current events can feel overwhelming. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help reduce anxiety and boost resilience. These self-care titles are always available as eBooks through Hoopla. You can link to Hoopla through our eResources page and view a Hoopla tutorial here. The Art of Breathing: The Secret to Living Mindfully by Danny Penman A concise guide to finding peace in a messy world, by taking…
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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…

Always Available On Hoopla: Comics and Graphic Novels

Fri., Mar. 27
Like many of you, I now find myself facing an unknown number of hours, days, weeks and possibly months with time to fill while staying safe at home. However, the uncertainty of our collective crisis is making it hard for me to relax enough to focus on reading and absorbing books with dense text. Fortunately, graphic novels and comic books - all available for checkout…

Always Available on Hoopla: Elementary Reads

Wed., Mar. 25
Like many families right , mine is trying to figure out a new normal. We’re working to find the balance of work and play—for both adults and children---and some days we are achieving it better than others. But even if so much in our world right now is unpredictable, I am thankful for two things that are constant:  the library and books. So we’ve started a new Library tradition of browsing for books and discovering great new…

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…

Always Available on Hoopla: Romantic Comedy Series

Mon., Mar. 23
Sometimes current events can feel overwhelming. If you're looking for a way to escape for a while, these romantic comedies are always available as eBooks through Hoopla. You can link to Hoopla through our eResources page and view a Hoopla tutorial here.   Chance of a Lifetime series by Kate Clayborn Three women navigate life and love after winning the lottery. Start with: Beginner's Luck…
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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…