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Yellow Phase Begins Friday, May 15
Click here to read the full details of the red/yellow/green process to reopen Pennsylvania.

What does Yellow Phase mean for the library?

Library staff has been working remotely while the library has been closed. Starting May 15, library staff will return to the building to prepare for a phased reopening process. During this process, CCM will be abiding by guidelines provided by the Allegheny County Library Association and Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Our first phase of reopening will be curbside pickup for holds. We do not have a date set for when curbside pickup will become available.

The library building is still closed to the public indefinitely. We do not have a date set for when patrons will be able to reenter the building to use computers and browse the collection.

All in-house programming is still cancelled through May 31.

Please monitor our social media channels and website for updates. Contact us directly (412-731-0909 or with any additional questions regarding reopening.
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Contacting the Library

☎️ Phone: 412-731-0909
📧 Email:
👤 Facebook: @ccmellorlibrary
📷 Instagram: @ccmellorlibrary
🌐 Website:

Virtual Customer Service 

Library staff will be answering the phone 12-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. We will respond to all messages within 24 hours. 

Need a fast answer to a question? Try PA Power Library's chat feature! Chat with a librarian is a live chat service where librarians answer your questions, 24/7.

Digital Programming for Kids

All of CCM's digital children's programming is hosted on our Facebook page.

Family Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. - Facebook video post
Join Ms. Erin for a video of books, rhymes, and songs on Facebook perfect for ages birth through five!
See past programs here:

Middle Grade Moment
Thursdays at 2 p.m. - Facebook video post
Check out our Facebook video for Ms. Erin’s book recommendations and a related activity great for ages 8-12! All books will be available through Hoopla with your library card.
See past programs here:

Picture Book Children's Choice Awards
Fridays at 1 p.m. - Facebook video post
Join Ms. Erin as we reread a book from the Picture Book Children’s Choice Awards, a list of titles specially selected by librarians for students in grades K-2nd.
See past programs here:

Digital Programming for Teens

CCM's teen group is moving online via Zoom! Zoom meetings for teen programming are password-protected for safety and privacy reasons. Email library staff at for the meeting password. 

Check out the new CCM Teen Facebook group!

Teen Group
Wednesdays at 4 p.m. - Zoom video chat
Teens ages 12-18, come play games, solve puzzles, and complete scavenger hunts with us on Zoom! 
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 958 827 759 
Email library staff at for the meeting password. 

Teen Book Club
Next meeting: May 18 at 4 p.m. - Zoom video chat
The next teen book club book is Jackaby by William Ritter: We're in a mystery mood after last month, and this one has some bonus fantastical elements! 
The book is available for instant download on Hoopla, a free app accessible with your library card. Hoopla has the ebook and the audiobook, so you can choose how to experience the book. Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 293 460 695 
Email library staff at for the meeting password. 

Breakout Box
Any time! -
You can access the digital Breakout Box platform from the comfort of our homes! All you need to do is make a free log in through this link: Then, enter the teen class code: 71925F. Once you log in, you can start creating your own digital Breakout Box games

Digital Programming for Adults

Need help using Zoom? Click here for video tutorials

Drop Dead Book Club 
First Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - Zoom video chat 
Mystery lovers rejoice! The Drop Dead Book Club is moving to Zoom while the library is closed.  For questions, contact Linda Herward at  
Upcoming dates: 
  • 6/3: TBD
Join Zoom Meeting:  
Meeting ID: 564 732 823

Fourth Tuesday Book Club
Fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. - Zoom video chat  
Upcoming dates:  
  • 5/26: Into the Planet:  My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth. From one of the world's most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth's final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet. This title is available on Hoopla: (ebook only)
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 935 5373 2498 
Password: 566576 

Cabin Fever Classics Online Book Club 
Every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. - Zoom video chat 
Feeling cooped up? Connect with others online to discuss classic books that you've never had the time to read until now, or reread your old favorites from another perspective. 
Upcoming dates:  Join Zoom Meeting: 
 Meeting ID: 279 941 196 

Conversation Salon
Every other Monday at 10 a.m. - Zoom video chat
Do you enjoy stimulating conversation?  Join us once a month as we gather together to discuss interesting topics and share ideas.  Conversation salons are face-to-face discussions among people who are interested in sharing thoughts, information and opinions about the meaningful events of our own experiences, our community and the world at large.   
Upcoming dates:   
  • 5/11 
  • 5/25
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 941 3966 4932 
Password: 502768  

Knitting Group 
Second & fourth Wednesdays at 6 p.m. - Zoom video chat 
Love yarn? Want to knit with others? Join us online for stitching and conversation! The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:00 PM. 
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 204 142 753 

For Kids

Listen to Daniel Radcliffe read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: HP himself reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. Look out for more special video readings in the upcoming weeks. 

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has several of their performances available on YouTube, plus games, crafts, and activities.

25 Public Interest Challenges Kids Can Do At Home: Kids and families can take steps to help their communities even while at home! US PIRG has tips for ways to... 

  • Help others in your community
  • Practice democracy
  • Fix your stuff
  • Make your home a safer place to live
  • Explore kid-friendly transportation
  • Move toward zero waste
  • Take action to protect the environment

For Adults

Go cloud gazing: The Cloud Appreciation Society was founded by Gavin Pretor-Pinney in 2005. Its tens of thousands of members around the world communicate online via a  “Cloud Forum,” and they regularly convene at “Sky Gatherings,” which feature group expeditions, lectures on cloud-related art and science and even performances of cloud-themed music. They also submit photographs to the Cloudspotter app to earn stars and badges for properly identifying the clouds they spot.

Bake a focaccia garden: Get creative with your baking and decorate a beautiful focaccia! CCM staff recommends the Shockingly Easy No-Knead Focaccia from Bon Appetit or the Classic Focaccia from the NYT.

Start composting: If you're finding yourself with a lot of food scraps on your hands from cooking at home more, now is a great time to start composting! If you've got a bit of outdoor space you can build your own compost pile, or contact a local composting cooperative like Shadyside Worms.

Digital Library Resources

All digital library resources are available through eLibrary

Download free eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines through the Libby app from Overdrive
Click here for Libby help

Download free movies, TV shows, audiobooks, comics, and music albums through the Hoopla app
Click here for Hoopla help

Need help getting set up with digital resources? Email
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