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New Year's Resolution: A Healthier 2006

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new Digital Library makes health & wellness, popular fiction and non-fiction titles available on customer's mobile devices or home PCs.

Press Contact: Suzanne M. Thinnes
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-688-8609 (fax)
412-491-6889 (cell)

For Immediate Release

(PITTSBURGH, PA - January 25, 2006) - As Pittsburghers ring in 2006 many will resolve to lose the five extra pounds they accumulated over the holidays, stop smoking, learn something new and take the time to enjoy life. Through a cooperative effort between Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association it will be easier to stick to New Year's resolutions by providing access to bestselling digital audio (eAudio) books that customers can download directly to their PC, laptop and compatible audio devices.

"This joint effort is an ongoing enhancement of current services designed to provide the best possible library service to our patrons and customers," stated Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Library Association.

Now the libraries never close. Customers and patrons will be able to access the service by establishing a NetLibrary account which can be set up remotely or from within any Allegheny County library location. The Library's eAudio collection also includes bestsellers and classics, fiction and non-fiction, from popular authors such as C.S. Lewis, Mario Puzo and Nora Roberts.

"With technology growing at an unprecedented rate this is the perfect medium to reach library customers who are unable to find the time to visit their neighborhood location," said Barbara K. Mistick, Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. "To keep up with public demand we are constantly adding to the collection. We believe eAudio books are the future of libraries and are proud to be among the first in Pennsylvania to offer this technology to our customers."

Patrons and customers will now have access to approximately 1100 new downloadable audio titles, including the complete Pimsleur language instruction series and the Bible, offered by Recorded Books through their technology partner NetLibrary. A valid library card from any public library in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County is required to checkout and download eAudio books from the website.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895
Through its Main Library and network of neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania. The Library is a vital community anchor that provides universal access to literature, culture, art, music, history, business and technology.

About Allegheny County Library Association: "Advancing the Standard of Excellence"
ACLA is 130 communities and one library system. ACLA pursues, provides and promotes the highest quality public library service possible for all residents of Allegheny County through collaboration, cooperation and coordination.