New Museum Passes

Looking for something to do? Get the kids out to experience some of the cultural offerings of the area! The library is now offering passes to the following regional museums to be checked out by Allentown residents.

  • Allentown Art Museum
  • America on Wheels
  • Da Vinci Science Center
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Liberty Bell Museum
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Mütter Museum
  • NMIH National Museum of Industrial History
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Philadelphia Magic Gardens
  • Reading Public Museum

Visit the Museum Pass Information page to learn more

WANTED: Music Fun

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Need a little musical outlet but don’t have access to instruments?

Mess around with music or get serious about your rhythm! Check out Chrome Music Lab’s fun site for kids or kids at heart.

This open source resource offers you the ability to play with music in a fun and colorful way. With arpeggios, rhythms, a song maker, melody maker, chords, piano rolls, Kadinsky and more you’ll be entertained and inspired to play songs and melodies of your own creation.

Give Chrome Music Lab a try, but be careful using it. It may cause nearby listeners to break into some spontaneous dancing.

And, if you want some other ideas for at home fun with a side dish of learning, try another option.

*Sourced from Library IQ.

Have you run out of Writing Ideas?

Do you need to practice ahead of your latest haiku, epic, short story, novel or anthology? Get those creative writing juices flowing!

Educators, parents, and creative writers of any age or experience level can benefit from a story-prompt generator.

We learned about an award-winning site called The Story Starter that has over 350 billion prompts, so it will be impossible to run out of options (unless you are immortal, and maybe that’s your story.)

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

With internet access you can retrieve a writing prompt and switch to a pencil and paper or an antique typewriter to bring your imagination to life. If you prefer the modern approach to storytelling, you can use your favorite document software like Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice Writer, Scribd, or Apple Pages.

If the prompts generated seem too advanced for your young writer, there’s also The Story Starter, Jr. link at the top of the Story Starter home page where you can get a quarter of a million possible basic prompts.

Share what you’ve written using The Story Starter site by emailing APL at Be sure to use the subject line: “Story Starter,” and include your name, and we’ll find a way to highlight your writing.

Sourced from LibraryIQ