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Expanded Access to Tumble eBook Collections

TumbleBooksIf you haven’t already checked out the TumbleBook Library collection through the eLibrary page, now is a great time to become familiar with this children’s ebook resource.

The robust collection is great for beginning through elementary school readers. Resources include picture/story books, early readers, chapter books, and even graphic novels. Many of the stories in the collection have read-along features for listeners and emerging readers.

Additionally, story books in the collection have fun video animation which can grasp the attention of the youngest readers, with follow-along guides for the words in the stories.

On top of this useful ebook resource, users now have access to more collections!

TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of math-related picture books, presented in TumbleBooks format with narration and animation. Help reluctant mathematics learners by using stories and literature to spark interest.

From subtractions and fractions to place value and finance, users will find resources for almost every variation of elementary math. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes, which are organized by grade level K-5.


Working with older children? The Teen Book Cloud is an ebook collection perfect for middle school and high school users!

From classic novels to graphic novels, the collection is curated for specifically for young adult readers (& the young at heart). Users can take notes as they read, add bookmarks so they don’t lose their place, or change the text size and background colors for a customized reading experience.

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The non-fiction collection is also a good resource of primary source materials in history, science and civics.

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Supplement your student’s learning experiences with the Tumble Collections!

-Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library

Miss Humblebee’s Academy


An exciting new resource from Gale is now available on the library eResources page! Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a learning aid for children aged 3 to 6. There are lessons available in Art, Math, Music, Language & Literacy, and Science & Social Studies.

Each lesson includes both a visual and audio component, with songs and graphics helping to keep children’s interests.


Parents can set up an account with Miss Humblee to keep track of lessons, take tests and assessments, and review curriculum progress. With an account, there are also additional resources on top of the lessons available. Under the Resources option at the top of the Homepage, there are printable worksheets, reading charts & lists, and a DIY section that includes crafts, science experiments, cooking projects, and more.


There is also an option to go through lessons as a guest user, where you can get familiar with Miss Humblebee’s Academy and take lessons, but not keep track of your progress.

Beyond the lessons, there are also Library and Music Room sections. In the Library, there are a selection of books divided up between Animals and People, Places, and Things. Each book has “Read to Me” or “Read by Myself” options.


In the Music Room, there are a selection of songs in Animals, Letters, Numbers, &  has, and People, Places, & Things section. Each song is about a minute long and provides a mini-lesson about each topic.


Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a great resource to assist parents in teaching children at home and has been offered to the library for free!


Jeff, South Park

Need More Music?

There is a common saying that music soothes the soul – well it seems more than ever that the collective human soul could use something deeply soothing. So, the Allegheny County Libraries are here to help!


Maybe you need more music, but you cannot imagine paying for a Spotify or Pandora account right now well you don’t need to stress. We have you covered with Hoopla!


The libraries also have a way to feed your need for knowledge about all the musicians you love and legends you want to learn about. Just head on over to AllMusic and read up on the biographies and discographies on the musicians you love. They even have genre charts to browse and distract you when your partner, child, or roommate just won’t leave you alone.


Things can be monotonous and bleak right now but if you put on a good jam Hoopla maybe we can help groove or grind your way through to the other side. Stay safe and don’t worry the libraries will continue doing all we can to provide as many services as possible!

Enya anyone?


Northland Public Library

Classic Games Available Anytime

You may be familiar with the Internet Archive – a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, music, and of course the Way Back Machine, which archives websites. But did you know it is also a treasure trove of free gaming software?

That’s right! The archive is home to a gigantic software library which hosts thousands of games. You may remember classics like The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, and Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

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There are several collections of games, including MS-DOS computer games, Internet Arcade (featuring arcade-style games), and Console Living Room games (featuring Sega, Playstation, and Atari games).

The games require no software installation; users can play right through their web browser. Since the games are all capable of full-screen mode, playing them feels like a blast right back to 1989!

Advanced users can also download Classic PC games, which require intermediate knowledge to install and run on modern computers.

Enjoy these boredom busters & happy gaming!

– Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library

Bonus Borrows at Hoopla!

Given that e-resources are being heavily used right now, Hoopla’s latest announcement is all the more exciting. Hoopla has introduced “Bonus Borrows.” These checkouts do not count toward the monthly limit and is totally FREE for libraries!

Each section of Hoopla (Audiobooks, e-books, Comics, Music, Television, Movies) includes categories labeled “Bonus Borrows.”



There is a category for “All Bonus Borrows,” but each section includes more specific Bonus Borrows categories as well, including categories for children.

I think a great category to highlight is in the Television section. With gyms closed, people are forced to change their workout routines. Check out “Bonus Borrows: At-Home Fitness



Another great category to highlight is “Bonus Borrows: Movies for Kids.” These are not traditional movies, but mostly visual companions to some great picture books.


This would be a great resource for parents trying to mix in education with their kids’ screen times!

Browsing through these sections, it’s plain see many of these Bonus Borrows are ones patrons will be excited to check out.

Jeff, South Park

Access at home with your library card

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Normally, is only available for in-library use only; however, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. This will be available until April 30th.

After clicking here to get started, users will be redirected to the below page:

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Users will need to type in their library card number and pin number. If you don’t have a PIN (or forgot it), get a new PIN number through the online catalog by clicking Log In or Register. Then click, I Forgot or want to change my PIN.

The library edition of Ancestry has full access. The only thing users won’t be able to do is edit Public Member Trees. (Users can still take a look at trees, but not able to add information!)

If you need help getting started with this great resource, there are great tools on Ancestry’s website.

Genealogical research can be overwhelming, but a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Start your search at home. Any exact date of births on birth certificates may help you get started!
  • Keep track of what you searched for… and keep track of your successful searches!
  • Try multiple spellings of names (both first and last).
  • Search by women’s maiden AND married names. They could be listed in different ways depending of the record.
  • Borders of countries have changed over time, so don’t just search by specific countries!
  • Military records, specifically enlistment records, are fascinating (maybe it’s just a personal favorite), but they can contain physical descriptions of individuals, beneficiaries and more!

Happy searching!

  • Pam, Bridgeville Library

Get a library card online to access your eLibrary!

Before applying for a new library card remember:

If you already have a library card, no need to apply for a new one.

If you have fines on an existing library card, you can still use all our eResources.

All current library cards that were set to expire this year have been renewed until the end of the year.


  • On the next screen, click I need a library card.
  • Fill out the next screen.  Note: This only is available for any user 11 years and older.
  • If it was successful, users will be emailed their card number.  They can use this card number to access eResources available at:  

Here is a PDF with the step-by-step instructions.

For any additional questions, email your local library!