Westmoreland Public Libraries closed – Updated

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 27: Governor Wolf added Westmoreland County to the Stay-At-Home Order for Pennsylvania to start at 8pm on Friday, March 28 and to last through at least Monday, April 6. Learn more @ https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StayatHomeOrder

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 23: The Deputy Secretary for Libraries directed Pennsylvania libraries to remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.

He did so to remain consistent with the Secretary of Education’s decision to extend the closure of all K-12 Pennsylvania schools through at least April 6. Prior to both decisions, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

We continue to ask all patrons to please keep all items until the libraries re-open. All overdue fines and fees will be waived during this time.

All Westmoreland Public Libraries to close following State announcement

On Friday, March 13th, 2020, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 public schools are to close starting Monday, March 16, 2020 for two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Later that day, Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries announced that all public libraries should follow this guidance as well starting Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

All patrons are asked to please keep all items until the libraries re-open. All overdue fines and fees will be waived during this time.

We will also auto-renew your items. Please do not leave any materials at any of the libraries.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Continue following us on Facebook – Westmoreland Library Network and Ligonier Valley Library.

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You can still access library resources online through our eBook and eAudio collection. Find instructions here on using eBooks and eAudio.


Big Library Read

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook through the library. Readers can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com.

The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Westmoreland Library Network library card. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic can be read on major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Chromebook™.

No wait lists or holds needed! Since there’s no limit to the number of copies available (this title only), everyone can checkout this eBook at the same time. They automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s memoir in which he points out that autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering—and funny. This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

(Note: Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic contains mature content.)

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