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It’s Your Lucky Day!

Beginning July 1, we are starting a new lending project within our OverDrive collection. It is called Lucky Day and works in the same way a print bestsellers collection works. If you go to the OverDrive site/app and you see a Lucky Day title that is available, you can check it out even if there are holds on that title. Lucky Day is in a pilot phase right now, and we have signed up to be a pilot library.

A few details about the program

  1. Lucky Day titles will be curated in a collection and will show up like other curated collections on our OverDrive website or apps.
  2. On Libby, if a customer checks out a Lucky Day copy of a title that they have on hold, the hold will automatically be cancelled.
  3. On the OverDrive app or desktop, if a customer checks out a Lucky Day copy of a title that they have on hold, they will be asked if they want to cancel their hold. If they stay on hold and reach the top of the wait list, the hold won’t be released while they have the Lucky Day copy checked out (titles can’t be borrowed twice concurrently).
  4. Lucky Day copies will have the same lending period as holdable copies – 21 days.
  5. The plan is to have several Lucky Day titles available at any given time, but they will disappear once they are checked out. If there are no Lucky Day titles available, the lane will not show up at all.
  6. Lucky Day copies will not show up in our Catalog. When a customer searches for a title in our OPAC, they will see the title but will only see the the number of holdable copies. If the customer clicks through to our OverDrive website and there is an available Lucky Day copy, they will be able to check it out there.
  7. Patrons will just have to see what Lucky Day titles are available when they come to the site/app. It really is just luck if you get one.

As this is a pilot, there will more than likely be a few bumps in the road. We will be sharing feedback and suggestions with OverDrive, so please share your (and your customers!) comments, questions or concerns with us. Please send your feedback to Hilary Lewis ( Thank you!

Consumer Reports

If you’re like me, you were a little sad when we lost access to Consumer Reports. Again, if you are like me you were very excited when we got access to Consumer Reports back. And now it’s even better than it was before!

consumer reports


The site is much more user friendly and provides a great browsing experience along with the ability to search for specific items. A search will now result in an overview, ratings and reliability, recommended and Buying Guide.
Be sure to take a look at it and recommend it to your patrons!

Tracy — Monroeville Public Library

Explore a Universe of Stories with Hoopla

Hoopla is once again offering free summer reading promotional materials that fit this year’s theme.

Download posters, reading recommendations, and social media graphics by clicking here.


Boost your Hoopla statistics this summer by using these ready-made promo materials at your library.

Happy Summer Reading!

-Sarah, Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Two Sides to Every Story

At least!

It has been said our nation is currently being divided by politics.  What better time than now for us all to take a closer look at the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database?!

This eResource offers information from academic journals, among other quality sources, on opposing sides of current social issues being debated right now!  Recently updated topics include Vaccines and Impeachment.  These full-text articles provide the user with a variety of stances and pros and cons of an issue to enable a better understanding for an educated and informed debate.

opposing viewpoints college

Aside from the content, the database makes research easy by including citation tools, emailing and downloading features.

Marketing materials are also available such as flyers, bookmarks, and social media posts.

Before choosing a side based on an emotional or uninformed reason, it is important to view the issue from as many angles as possible. The Opposing Viewpoints in Context database can help us do that!

Rob Kalchthaler – Bethel Park Public Library


New Marketing Materials Available

As announced in March, the new eLibrary website is up and running! The site is a big change from the earlier “erec” version, but thankfully, there is an eLibrary Training Webinar available. Find it under the Training Resources tab on the Virtual Lexicon site.

In order to promote the new eLibrary site to library patrons, there are marketing materials available that can be printed, posted online, or shared on a website. Materials include graphics for Instagram and Facebook, printable bookmarks and flyers, and kid-friendly promotions.


Find all of the new eLibrary promotional materials under the Marketing Materials tab of the Virtual Lexicon blog.

Visit OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile

7edf8e71d5b90e2444ce7ea8f242861cOverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile is making stops in Allegheny County in June!  Come aboard the 42-long truck and explore OverDrive’s resources and get help borrowing an ebook or audiobook.  This is a high-tech update to the traditional Bookmobile and has several interactive stations.

  • Monday, June 10: Northland Public Library
  • Tuesday, June 11: Mt. Lebanon Public Library
  • Friday, June 14: Baldwin Borough Public Library
  • Saturday, June 15: Penn Hills Public Library
  • Tuesday, June 18: South Park Township Library

It’s a great way for patrons to test out different devices, get exposure to OverDrive, learn about Libby and ask eBook and audio book questions.

I volunteered on the digital bookmobile last time it was in Allegheny County and I was blown away with how interactive and engaging the digital bookmobile is.

If possible, I would highly recommend taking a trip to one of these libraries or encouraging patrons to do so!

  • Pam, Baldwin Borough Public Library

Science Based Medicine

Science-Based Medicine is a website dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products in a scientific light. The editors and the blog’s regular contributors are prominent skeptics, doctors, researchers, and communicators. They believe that online information about alternative medicine is overwhelmingly credulous and uncritical, and that mainstream media and even medical schools have failed to rigorously examine its claims.

The posts on Science-Based Medicine do not pull any punches. Here is what it said Medical Medium Life Changing Foods: “I expected it would be bad, but I was positively gobsmacked by how phenomenally bad it was. I was outraged that he could get away with spreading such egregious nonsense, that a publisher would agree to publish it, and that many readers apparently accept his fairy tales as legitimate health advice (89% 5-star customer reviews on Amazon). It’s a sad demonstration of the fact that common sense is not common, and that critical thinking skills are sorely lacking in our society.”

The authors of Science-Based Medicine claim “We provide a much needed “alternative” perspective — the scientific perspective.”