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Harry Potter Escape Room

Posted By Christine Taylor, Youth Serv Coordinator, Scott Twp Pub. Lib, 412-429-5380, taylorc3@einetwork.net, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Public

Description 

We created an escape room with a Harry Potter theme for children, teens and adults. Participants signed up for a half-hour slot, with 4-8 people to a time slot. We read them a short introduction, and then they had 30 minutes to solve all the puzzles we created in the room. This included finding keys, figuring out codes, translating runes and searching for clues with a black light wand.

A knowledge of the Harry Potter books was essential as many of the clues were specific to the book. For instance, one clue led you to look under the mandrake, which required knowing what a mandrake is. This event required guests to work together to find and solve the puzzles and clues. 


The cost to host the event was $100, although costs could be lowered if decorative items for the Escape Room are donated by staff and community members. We had to purchase a Marauder's Map, an Escape Room kit (Breakout Edu), a book safe, and some other Harry Potter decorations. 

Tags:  Escape Room  Harry Potter  Information Literacy 

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Climbing Your Family Tree

Posted By Erin Pierce, Director, CC Mellor Memorial Library, 412.731.0909, piercee@einetwork.net , Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Public

Description 

Working with a local librarian who specializes in genealogy research, the library offered an introduction to the process involved in searching for family roots: how to find the who, when, and where of your family! Resources discussed include census schedules, vital records, and immigration and naturalization. The only cost to the library was the cost involved for marketing the program. This program is geared toward adults. 

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Tags:  Genealogy  Information Literacy 

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Learn the A,B,Cs (& D) of Medicare

Posted By Ryan McCrory, Director, Boone Area Library, 610-582-5666, boone@berks.lib.pa.us, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The library offered a 45-minute informative presentation on medicare. The session touched on original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans. There was also time for a question and answer period. We partnered with Dean Reber, a local Medicare Adviser, to make the program available. There were no costs for the library nor a charge for attendees. This presentation is strictly informative and Mr. Reber does not provide flyers, brochures, or business cards for promotion of his own business. The session is treated as a purely education program.  

 

Tags:  Health Literacy  Medicare 

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African-American History on Wheels

Posted By Joann Eichenlaub, Assist Dir, Madigan Library, 570-320-2400, jeichenl@pct.edu , Thursday, February 7, 2019

Library Type

Academic

Description 

Curated by Clifton Brown, the traveling museum honors contributions of African American inventors. The exhibit was held in the Madigan Library for two days and visitors could interact with curators and ask questions about the many different inventions and improvements made to various products and items by African Americans. This was in celebration of Black History Month...but as Clifton Brown noted, it could be held any time. This program was hosted in partnership with the college's Student Affairs' Division.   

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Tags:  Civic Literacy  Social Literacy 

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STEAM Saturday

Posted By Noel Christman, Dir, Oley Valley Community Library, 484-491-1278, ovclibrary@gmail.com , Thursday, February 7, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

Thanks to a $5k grant from the United Way of Berks County, we were able to purchase a Maker Space Cart used for our weekly events, STEAM Saturday. Every week a different lesson plan is created for ways to use materials from our Maker Space cart. This particular week, as pictured, we made kaleidoscopes. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Information Literacy  Social Literacy  STEAM 

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Career Readiness Training

Posted By Regina Vesely, Library Dir, Horsham Township Library, 215-443-2609 ext. 205, rvesely@mclinc.org , Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

A local career coach is running a session on Career Readiness for patrons who are either inexperienced with the technology required to create a resume or who need a refresher after being out of the job-search for some time. Our presenter shares interview tips with patrons to help alleviate the anxiety of interviews and to help prepare to begin their new careers.

There weren't any costs associated with the program. This program is geared toward adults. The local career coach, we partner with for these sessions, also offers a program which helps low-income adults gain access to various community resources including government aide, healthcare, and other local resources including the library. 

 

Tags:  Careers  Financial Literacy  Information Literacy 

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Teen Ozobot Night

Posted By Amanda Scott, Library Director, Cambridge Springs Public Library, 814-398-2123, cspl@ccfls.org , Monday, February 4, 2019

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Public

Description 

Learn to control Ozobot with color markers by drawing lines and codes for it to explore. Channel your idea into reality, create private games, secret codes and your very own robotic equations. 


Ozobots provided on loan by our district library center. Each 'bot comes with pretty easy instructions and there are great videos online for teaching yourself before administering a STEAM Program. 

This program targets teens. While there were not any costs involved, the library accessed the district's library resources to support the program. 

Tags:  Information Literacy  Teen Ozobot Night 

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Computer Tutor

Posted By Kate Coluccio, Director, Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale, colucciok@einetwork.net , Monday, January 28, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

Every Tuesday, from 1 to 5 p.m., we provide 30-minute computer literacy sessions. Participants sign up in advance. Some sessions can run up to 60 minutes, due to their complexity. We partner with Carolyn Luck, a volunteer Computer Tutor, who was trained by Oasis in adult computer literacy. There are no cost beyond normal library operations. This program is geared toward adults. 

Tags:  Computer  Information Literacy  Tutor 

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Legends at the Library

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Library Assist, Ford City Library, 724-763-3591, fordcity@armstronglibraries.org , Thursday, January 24, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

Legends at the Library is an interactive local history series hosted by the library every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The historical topic for discussion will change each month and presentations will include books, photos, videos, artifacts and informal discussions. Anyone with photos or artifacts related to the presentation are welcome to share them! Past presentations include a Ford City Trivia Game, A Salute to Veterans, Holiday Traditions, and Captain Ford and Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Local businesses have supported Legends at the Library through donations of prizes and gift certificates for the Ford City Trivia Game, as well as snacks. Future topics will include local heroes and heroines, sports, famous figures, genealogy, as well as local history and culture. The libraries partner with local businesses to offer the event and there isn't a charge for attendees. This program is designed for teens and adults. 

Tags:  Civic and Social Literacy  Legends 

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Womelsdorf Library RPG Kits

Posted By Nina Meister, Exec Dir, Womelsdorf Community Library, 610-589-1424, womelsdorfcl@berks.lib.pa.us , Thursday, January 24, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The popular tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has been promoting literacy, storytelling, team building and problem solving since its inception. But for many newcomers, the complexities of the game (and the pricey materials) put playing out of reach. To promote this wonderful game in our community of teens and young adults, the Womelsdorf Community Library has put together kits with everything a new Dungeons & Dragons player needs to get started.

Each custom backpack contains a Player Manual, Dungeon Master's Guide, a Monster Manual, and a campaign book for character's leveled 1-15. Each bag also contains two sets of dice, one game master screen, one folder filled with character sheets specifically created by Wizards of the Coast to make character designing easy, pencils, and an instruction sheet for ease of play. These kits have allowed kids, teens, and young adults who can't afford or don't have access to the materials needed to play the ability to be just as prepared as the rest of their group, or to start groups of their own. 
These kits have also come in handy at our Tabletop Game Nights! 

The program cost was about $450 which allowed the library to secure three custom backpacks, 15 books, three folders of character sheets, a bag of 20 sets of die, three Game Master Screens, pencils and laminated instructions on keeping the kit together. 

This program is geared toward teen and adult patrons.

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Civic and Social Literacy  Civic Literacy  Game Kits  Roleplaying  Social Literacy 

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