2021 Issues

January 2021Last year may have been a complete dumpster fire, but we’ve picked out the best bookish parts for you to start out 2021 with some fresh reads! We’ll also be detailing some specific new service changes & a Winter Coding Contest!

February 2021This month, we celebrate Black History Month by highlighting Black excellence in literature & exploring the importance of supporting Black creators and Black-owned businesses.

March 2021We’re focusing on sustainability & buying local this month, featuring an interview with Core Goods Co-Owner Ashley Sheffer, along with some recommended reading & tips to get you started on an amazing sustainability journey!

April 2021National Library Week is this month, & this year we think it’s important to explore an important initiative: Libraries Are For Everyone. Find out what this really means, plus get a sneak peek at Summer @ Your ORLA Library 2021!

May 2021 – Oil Region Libraries are celebrating a special anniversary this year! You don’t want to miss this issue, especially if you love history. Can you believe we’ve been around for 150 years?!

June 2021 – We’re here to give you all the details about Summer @ Your ORLA Library (formerly known as “SummerQuest” or “Summer Reading”) this month & we hope you’ll join in on all the fun this Summer. Plus, there’s some pretty cool prizes up for grabs…

July 2021 – July is HERE! This month, we’re discussing the puzzling disappearance of one of the most famous authors of all time, nearly 100 years ago! You’ll also get the inside scoop on Pennsylvania’s new Library of Accessible Media & a brand new Festival debuting at the Oil City Library next month!

August 2021 – Can you believe it’s already August? Our Summer Programs may be wrapping up, but new programs are on the way! Get the latest on new programs and workshops in this issue, as well as some exciting updates at Franklin Public Library and ORLA’s first Oil Region Festival of the Book!

September 2021 – Fall is in the air and we’ve got some exciting things coming your way! ORLA libraries are going fine-free. Yes, fine-free! Learn more about this important step we’re taking, as well as some amazing fall events & workshops, by reading this month’s issue!

October 2021 – WHY IS IT SO FUN TO READ SCARY THINGS? Maybe we’ll never really know, but in the meantime we’ve jam-packed this issue with a ton of them for you to read if you agree! Learn more about fall library events & workshops, enjoy our staff reviewing some of the worst books they’ve ever read, and more by reading this month’s issue!

November 2021 – November is Native American Heritage Month! We’re highlighting & celebrating Native American Heritage with a booklist packed with Indigenous stories, authors & perspectives. Learn more about upcoming holiday events & workshops, our new Museum Pass Partner Program, new youth programs, and more by reading this month’s issue!

December 2021 – Contrary to popular belief, superheroes & villains aren’t all that graphic novels have to offer. Graphic novels are read by all ages & cover a plethora of topics. For December, we’re highlighting some of our favorite graphic novels, as well as several ‘Holiday Happenings’ going on this month! You can also vote for the Best Books of 2021 & support the Oil Region Libraries during our annual appeal.

2020 Issues

January 2020Marking the end of a decade (& the beginning of a new one!), ORLA’s first issue highlights the top books of the decade, new staff & programs, & a new feature that makes renewing your items so much easier.

February 2020 ‘Love Your Library’ Month is here & we want to know why YOU love YOUR library! Plus, learn how you can show your love for libraries this month by eating out at a local restaurant.

March 2020 ORLA is once again participating in BBCF’s annual Week of Giving! In this issue, we answer the questions: What is the Week of Giving? What can ORLA do with your support? How can you support your libraries during the Week of Giving?

April 2020 – Oil Region Libraries may be closed, but we’re still here for you. In this issue, learn how you can use your library during a closure & how you can help to limit the spread of COVID-19. Plus, the Week of Giving results are in!

May 2020 – Discover new ways to use your library from home & get up to speed on recent changes to upcoming voting procedures & the 2020 U.S. Census.

June 2020 – Library services are starting to look a little different. In this issue, we fill you in on everything you need to know about the “new normal” at your library & some very important announcements about SummerQuest!

July 2020 – Welcome back! The Oil Region Libraries lay out their reopening plans & service changes in order to keep you safe & informed. We also share some of your SummerQuest creations & announce our new, shared website.

August 2020 – Celebrate International Women’s Day with our list of fierce, female authors of the 21st century. Plus, we introduce new virtual programs you won’t want to miss!

September 2020 – The spotlight this month is on Banned Books Week! In this issue, we take a closer look at some of our favorite challenged books, as well as exploring what it means to ‘Stand Up For Libraries’.

October 2020 – We’re celebrating all things “horror” during this spooky month, as well as the return of in-person programming at all ORLA locations!

November 2020 – Did you know that children’s picture books, on average, contain 50% more rare words than primetime television or college student conversations? This month, we explore the ‘Power of Picture Books’ with some great recommendations from our Youth Services Coordinator, as well as 2 new digitally available resources & an Amateur Photography Contest!

December 2020 – Snow got you gloomy? Participate in ORLA’s new Winter Reading Challenge for all ages! Plus, we give you all the details on how to support your library this year with ORLA’s 2nd Annual Appeal.

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