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Hello library friends! All this month on our social media channels we'll be featuring book recommendations from library staff members. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find your next great read!  You can always contact us directly for book recommendations for all ages. We love doing personalized readers' advisory!

The library is still closed indefinitely. All in-house programming is cancelled through May 31. Please monitor our social media channels and website for updates! 

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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.

Giving Tuesday is now May 5!

This citywide fund-raising effort will support non-profits that are providing essential services to those affected by the disease AND organizations whose operations have been disrupted by the economic shutdown deployed to fight the pandemic.

Rather than waiting until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Giving Tuesday) to launch the fourth annual Give Big Pittsburgh campaign, Pittsburgh Magazine is jumping in now with the COVID-19 Response Campaign, an effort to assist in raising critical dollars — in the safest way possible — for nonprofits in Western Pennsylvania during this time of exceptional need.

Visit the Give Big Pittsburgh website to support CCM and dozens of local nonprofits on May 5.
📊 Check out CCM's 2019 Annual Report 📈

CCM's 2019 annual report is now posted to our website. Please take a moment and read about the wide variety of library services we provided to your community this past year! We're very proud to highlight our 42% increase in total circulation since 2015. People are using CCM's resources more than ever!

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:  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 

Last Minute Book Club
Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Zoom video chat
The last minute book club is no longer meeting.

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

For temporary homeschooling: Teaching Tips, developed by the Boston University School of Education, uses PBS KIDS online games to enhance children’s early math and literacy development. The Teaching Tips provide step-by-step lessons for using educational media to enhance standards-based teaching and learning. (via PBS)

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. (via MIT)

Repurposing an old smartphone or tablet for your kids? Check out this guide to making your devices kid-friendly. (via Wirecutter)

For Adults

Text Crisis Text Line to be connected with a counselor: You are not alone. Whatever you're feeling, Crisis Text Line is here to support you and listen. For free 24/7 support at your fingertips, text 741741.

Call the NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine volunteers can answer questions, offer support and provide practical next steps for your mental health. The line is open Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm ET. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email to reach a volunteer.

Reflect and unwind with these resources: From coloring pages to reflection worksheets,'s collection of interactive resources is here to help check in on your mental health and the mental health of those around you.

Spend time in the virtual garden with videos from the famous Kuekenhof Garden in Holland. The garden will be closed to visitors this year, but the gardeners are still tending the flowers and making these videos to bring the landscapes to everyone.

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
24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of PA will move from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8. These counties were deemed ready to move to a reopening – or yellow phase – because of low per-capita case counts, the ability to conduct contact tracing and testing, and appropriate population density to contain community spread.

Allegheny county remains on red. The full reopening plan is available here.
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