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The Frank Sarris Public Library, in partnership with Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), now offers RBdigital, an online service for downloading audiobooks and eBooks. With this service, patrons enjoy free access to audiobooks and eBooks at home, in the library, or on the go. Many titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out titles at the same time, eliminating holds and wait times. RBdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for iOS, Android,…

The Frank Sarris Public Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on Pennsylvania’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for…

Guess who stopped by the library on Saturday, December 2?  The big guy himself..Santa Claus.  90+ people joined us for our first Breakfast with Santa.   Everyone enjoyed pancakes, sausage and other breakfast pastries while Santa made his way around the room.  Ms. Jan had everyone feeling festive and joining in for a rousing Christmas sing-along.  After breakfast, children had their pictures taken with Santa and made a Santa craft to take home.  What a great way to kick off…

Save the date – Sunday, November 19 – The Board of Trustees of the Frank Sarris Public Library Association will hold a luncheon and raffle fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe to benefit the library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome at 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. Checks can be made payable to the Frank Sarris Public Library and questions can be directed to Kristen SeCaur at 724-579-5541. Grab a friend…

On Saturday, October 21, six lively teams joined library staff and Teen Advisory Board members for the second Trivia Night of the Round Tables event.  Our teams included The Dumbledorks, Irish Wristwatches, The Pasta Bazoos, Penguins, Whizzes and Woof Pack.  The teams competed against each other, answering questions from twenty categories.  The most challenging category, based on the teams’ results, was Current Events – now we know what they need to brush up on!  In between the questions and answers,…

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) recently spent part of their Saturday to assist the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA (the Literacy Council) with the Baby Book Bag project.  Through the Baby Book Bag project the Literacy Council strives to promote literacy from birth.  The Baby Book Bag features tote bags which are hand-stuffed by community volunteers; screen-printed with a special logo; filled with children’s books, literature outlining the importance of reading to babies from birth, and other materials; then distributed…

If you haven’t been to the library lately, come by and check out the new Make it and Take It station.  This new station is located in the hallway near the Children’s Department.  The Make It and Take It station will offer fun and easy crafts for children to make and take home with them.  Last month, children were able to create their own solar eclipse.  This month they can create a fall tree.  Grace Majestic, a Canon-McMillan student, volunteers…

In order to encourage literacy skills in young children, our library will be partnering with the Canon-McMillan School District to implement the “iLearn to Read Initiative” for all kindergarten students.  Our goals with this initiative are to instill the habit of lifelong learning and to deliver a library card into every kindergartner’s hand.  In September, our Children’s Department staff will be present at the Open Houses of all Canon-McMillan elementary schools to meet and greet parents/guardians.  At Open House, you…

School is back in session, and many new area preschoolers will soon meet a special biweekly visitor with a bag full of fun. Ms. Amy has been bringing bags of books to eight area preschools every other week for the past few years. She’ll read as many of the books as she can in a half an hour, then leave the whole bag for the class to read as many times as they want for the next two weeks. Then…

If you haven’t yet used the existing OverDrive app to access ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, why not give their new app, Libby, a try.  Libby, the new one-tap reading app built by OverDrive, is the quickest and easiest way to get started reading and discovering digital library content from anywhere in the world.  With Libby, readers are always one tap away from their library, their bookshelf and the books they’re reading (or listening to!). Readers have the option to…