Adult Resources

Educational

Ancestry.com: Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy database that offers hundreds of resources on researching one’s family history, including such items as federal census records, passenger ship manifests, and other documents. During the Corona Crisis, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner, Ancestry. This is a two-step process.

To access this resource:

  1. Right click and open this link in a new tab. This will bring you to the catalog where you will be prompted to log in by entering in your bar code and PIN.
  2. Then, use this link to access Ancestry Library. 

E-Books (EBSCO) - 5 eBook Collections Courtesy of EBSCO
Need access to more eBook options and research content to complete at-home assignments for classes? EBSCO wants to help Pennsylvania communities in this time of crisis and is making several eBook collections available for full access to all POWER Library patrons for the time being.

eBook collections available:

  • Public Library Collection
  • K-8 Collection
  • High School Collection
  • Cricket Media Collection (This collection explores a wide range of subjects to help young readers explore and expand their worlds. Students from pre-K to 8th grade can build strong literacy skills with digital access to award-winning, short-form fiction and nonfiction titles by Cricket Media.)
  • Academic Collection

Free Ivy League Courses!
Learn something new with online courses provided free online by a variety of Universities. From coding to literature, there’s something for everyone!

POWER Library
Get ready to find a world of information with POWER Library's e-resources.  Access with your library card. If you do not have a library card, you can register for a POWER Library e-card good for POWER Library electronic resources.

 

 

Entertainment

AudioBookCloud
An all ages audiobook library collection of streaming audiobooks.

LeVar Burton Reads
LeVar Burton, literacy advocate, reads short stories to children, teens and adults each week live on Twitter at the following times:  

  • Fridays at 9pm – Adult Stories

Metropolitan Opera to Stream FREE performances every night the week of 3/16/2020 - remove
Maybe you've always wondered what opera is or thought you could get into it if you just had the time. Now is that time.

Reading Public Museum
Reading Public Museum is offering Way Out Wednesdays! Stream a new presentation from the Neag Planetarium each Wednesday to your TV screen!

SYNC
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks  a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Register for SYNC and sign up for email or text alerts at www.audiobooksync.com.

Virtual Concerts
NPR has a list of Concerts that will be streaming online to brighten your day.

Virtual Museum Visits with Google Arts and Culture
Take a trip with the whole family for nothing with virtual visits to museums throughout the world!

 

 

Health/COVID-19

Berks County Department of Emergency Services
For information on the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, visit the Berks County Department of Emergency Services page for updates.

Pennsylvania’s Website about COVID-19

NPR has Instructions for Washing Your Hands Properly.

World Health Organization Mythbusting Information
Get the facts with information from the World Health Organization.