Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best of the Web

The best internet sources for news, audio & video, web tools, social interaction, education, shopping, home & family, games and the just plain quirky!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Roast Beast

Take a look at the library's cookbooks to satisfy the hungriest Grinch!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Check out some festive materials this season!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NY Times Best Books of 2013

The editors of the NY Times Book Review have just released their top 10 books of 2013!
Click here for the article.
Click on the titles below to check the county catalog for availability. (books can be requested from other Allegheny County libraries and delivered to your local library  - FOR FREE!)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
 Tenth of December by George Saunders
After the Music Stopped by Alan S. Blinder
Days of Fire by Peter Baker
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Friday, November 29, 2013

Local Author

Join local author C D Humphreys for a book talk at the Bethel Park Public Library to discuss his new novel arti: Fear is the Root of All Evil

Humphreys lives by the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emmerson: "Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail."
His fantasy adventure discusses the power of education, yet the lack of wisdom in conformity.
Read a synopsis of the book at
Saturday, December 21st at 11am
Bethel Park Public Library
Please register at the front desk or call the Library at 412.835.2207.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

U.S. History facts a few clicks away!

Use the U.S. History in Context library database to find all kinds of interesting and reliable historical information!

Including a photo of Underdog in the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Access this database, plus many more, at the
Library's Database Search page.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Library Fundraiser

Do you have a book lover in your life? Someone who enjoys clever sayings? Why not celebrate that person by buying them a Literary Themed T-Shirt?
Each of the three t-shirt designs come in a black or white t-shirt with bright green graphic and are available in S, M, L, XL. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fuzzy Searches?

Your library catalog has a number of advanced ways to search!
Try looking at the advanced searching and 
search operators help pages for some tips.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Reading Journal

Reading logs (or book journals) are a great way to assess what you have just read.  This article discusses how to keep a reading journal and dive deeper into your novel!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Horror Fiction

Horror Fiction Review offers reviews of horror fiction, occasional movie reviews and author interviews for the horror genre. 

Created by fans for fans, this website has been writing reviews since 2003. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ghosts & Hauntings

Check out a ghost story for a good scare!
If you dare!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Get in the Spirit

Take a look at some of our items for Halloween:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 22nd-28th.
Check out these lists of books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned as reported in the Newsletter of Intellectual Freedom.
Celebrate your right to read!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Must Reads

Take a look at NPR's "You Must Read This" special series that presents conversations with writers about the books they love to read and recommend.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Who is your favorite villain?
Take a look at the lists below to find yours!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall Preview

Check out this fall preview by Publishers Weekly, showcasing the "Big Books" for Fall 2013.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Find Your Match will help you fall in love with a book!
Browse by "story DNA" or start with a book you know and like, this website will match you up with a read you are sure to enjoy!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Library Database!

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This is a FREE database!

Questions?  Please ask us!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Catalog

First time using the Library's new catalog?
Maybe you just want to pick up some tips?
If you have any questions locating an item, please give the Library a call at 412.835.2207.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Books & Reading Databases

Do you have a library card?
If you answered yes, you have access to the library's books and reading databases which includes:
NoveList: book reviews, discussion guides, author read-alikes and much more
Overdrive: thousands of downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and videos
Click here to access the database page.  Please give the library a call at 412.835.2207 if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Writer's block?
Try a generator!

Click here for plot, title, character and name generators!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

What a Character!

Who is your favorite literary charater?
Check out these lists below to see if yours is mentioned!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Attention Aspiring Novelists:

Need a few tips?
Check out this slideshow offering writing advice from famous authors!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Read, Learn, Think has the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature. 
Authors include Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Do I Have a Rare Book?

Think that old book you have might be worth something?
Take a look at these sites below for some helpful information and don't forget to ask your librarian if you have any questions!

Your Old Books from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

One Sentence Book Reviews

Short on time and need a book?
Like a word challenge and want to condense your thoughts on a novel in one sentence?
Then check out One Sentence Book Reviews!

Friday, July 5, 2013

The American Novel Timeline

Browse through history with the Literature Timeline from PBS.
Use the drop down arrows to jump directly to authors, titles, or literary movements.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Pulitzer Prizes!

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for accomplishments in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition.
Click here to check out past winners and finalists by category!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fan Fiction

Fan fiction are stories written by fans of popular works using the characters and settings from said popular works. is the largest collection of this genre.  Share their passion and enjoy their homage to their favorite stories!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Google Search

Try browsing popular books by going to and searching for your favorite genre.
Ex.  mystery books
Ex.  romance books
Google will generate a list of books popular on the web!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

One Book, One Community

The 2013 One Book, One Community selection is:
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
Ask your librarian for more information on the book and on

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Love Literature? offers book club ideas, book reviews, reading guides and 10 FREE lit courses!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adult Summer Reading Club

Read books and win prizes!
Register and submit entries online or at the Library.

Begins June 10th and runs to August 4th

Grand Prize -
Aussie Walk-A-Bout Portable Charcoal Grill
Great for vacations, tail-gaiting, and camping!
All entries received before Aug. 5th are eligible for the Grand Prize. 
Sign up at the Library or online here!
Questions? Ask us! 412.835.2207

Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Books

View this slideshow for some summer reads!

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Check out the
for romance authors, award-winners, events, and more!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Author Quiz

Test your knowledge of literature and take a quiz!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Change a Life!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Local Author

Saturday, May 11th at 11 a.m.
Interested in writing a book, whether it be fiction, a memoir, or some other genre? Join Stephanie Keyes, local author of The Star Child and The Fallen Stars from Inkspell Publishing, as she walks through the process from Concept through Implementation. She'll provide you with the tips you need how to get started and include her personal take on outlining, character development, plot, and more! An open Q&A session will follow.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Famous Peoples Favorite Books

Check out this list by

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Author Interviews has 800 non-fiction author interviews collected over 16 years from C-SPAN. 
The collection is searchable or browsable by category. 
Categories include biographies, campaigns & political culture, government, history, military history & war, public policy, and science, health & technology.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!"

These online newspaper directories link you to news all over the world!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

42,000 Free Ebooks

Project Gutenberg is the first and and largest single collection of free e-books!
This includes epub and kindle books that can be downloaded or read online.
Book categories include Animal, Crime, Fine Arts, Health, History, Literature, Music, Psychology, Science, Technology and more!

Friday, March 22, 2013


It's not too late to sign-up!
8 two-hour sessions on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm starting March 16th and ending May 4th.
 Learn and discuss the basics of creative fiction writing in a casual and fun environment. A quick writing prompt and brief 45 minute or so lecture will then be followed by a group discussion of various aspects of writing craft such as structure, setting, point of view, characterization etc. Examples of great pieces of fiction will be provided. Workshopping your own creative fiction a possibility if there are enough returning participants on a weekly basis.  Regular attendance not required but encouraged. 

Created by current graduate student and published author Kenny Tomasits. 
Please register!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Articles Club

No time to read a whole book but still want to engage in meaningful conversation around reading?
Come to the Articles Club!

We read 2-3 articles a month from various publications and come together to discuss them.  We will meet on Thursday, March 28th and April 25th from 7-8 PM. Stop into the library for copies of the articles each month or check the Bethel Park Public library Book Club blog for article links:
Please register at the library or give us a call at 412.835.2207.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

EBSCO eBooks

Try the EBSCO eBooks database!
Find fiction and non-fiction to download to your computer for FREE!
1. Go to the Bethel Park Library website:
2. Scroll over E-Resources at the top of webpage

3. Click Database Search

4. Click on the Books & Reading category
5. Click on EBSCO eBooks (enter your Allegheny County Library Card #)
EBSCO eBooks are compatible with for the following eBook Readers:
  • Apple (iOS) Devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Sony eReader Touch Edition
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • All eBook Readers supporting the Adobe eBook DRM
EBSCO eBooks are compatible with the following mobile apps:
  • Bluefire Reader apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Aldiko app for Android devices
  • Txtr app for iPhone and Android devices
  • All apps supporting the Adobe eBook DRM

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oprah 2.0

Check out Oprah's Book Club 2.0!
Discuss the book online with others, get reading guides, and more.