Monday, March 29, 2010

April at the Pottsville Library

April means art month at the Pottsville Free Public Library! All this month, members of the Schuylkill County Allied Artists will be displaying their works around the library. Most of the artwork will be available to purchase, so here's your chance to add some original art from local artists to your collection.

Don't forget to join us for National Library Week, which is observed April 11th - 17th.

And later this month, we will be part of the 4th Annual Block of Art, which takes place in downtown Pottsville from April 23rd - 25th. Stores and galleries will be open to show local artists and celebrate the best Schuylkill County has to offer.

Need some help getting started on your own creative projects? Check out our collection of magazines and books for projects from wood to wool, cotton to cameras, or printing to painting, and get inspired to create your own art.

Happy art month to all!

Monday, March 8, 2010

netLibrary Book of the Month - Update and Apology

In the past we have pointed out the book-of-the-month in netLibrary (part of the POWER Library). A recent question had us trying to go back to a title from a previous month, and we discovered we could no longer access that title. Whoops! We didn't realize access was limited to just that month.

So we have deleted the previous netLibrary book-of-the-month posts from our blog. This doesn't mean that this feature is no longer available from netLibrary. If a title is really juicy we'll still blog about it. Just be aware that you may not be able to use that title after the end of the current month (so read quickly and take notes!).

There are still lots of titles in netLibrary that are available all year long, so we encourage you to visit it anyway. Just go to our website at, click on the POWER Library icon, and enter your Pottsville library card number. Select netLibrary, and away you go!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Changes to POWER Library Line-up

The state budget crunch meant changes had to be made to the databases available through the POWER Library. These resources are available to anyone with a library card for their local Pennsylvania public library. If you have a Pottsville Library card, you can access these materials through our website at Just click on "POWER Library", enter your library card number, and then select the resource you want to use.

Some things haven't changed: the Auto Repair Reference Center, AP Images, Biography Reference Bank, Contemporary Authors, NoveList, SIRS Discoverer, netLibrary, and Consumer Health Complete are still available to Pennsylvania residents. (Some will go away in July, but we'll talk about those later.)

Gone are most of the EBSCO databases, such as MasterFILE Premier, MAS Online Plus, and a variety of other related magazine indexes. Also gone are the Oxford titles, such as the Grove Art and Grove Music resources, and the huge collection of Oxford Reference materials. The Poem Finder (and speech, short story, and other literature finder) was another budget victim.

To replace some of these lost treasures, residents now have access to several new titles. If you have any questions about using any of these resources, please contact the Pottsville Reference Department at or call us at 570-622-8880.

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry -- articles about companies, executives, products, trends, and related topics. Most articles are full-text, so you can read them right from your computer.

InfoTrac Newsstand -- articles from over 1000 newspapers, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the Reading Eagle, and the Pottsville Republican-Herald. Full-text will vary with each title in the database.

OmniFile Mega -- articles from over 2500 magazines and journals, and citations and abstracts from 4000 journals. Appropriate for high school students and adults.

OmniFile Select -- all articles are full-text, from a wide variety of magazines and journals. Appropriate for high school students and adults.

Readers' Guide Select -- abstracts and full text articles from 200 magazines, appropriate for middle-school students and older.

Science Full Text Select -- full text articles from 360 science journals, appropriate for high school students and adults.