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Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Have You Frazzled? Ask a Librarian!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh proves it may be Pittsburgh's "Biggest Steeler Fan."

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 30, 2006) As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, fans across the country will turn to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Reference Services Department to answer their toughest football related questions. Each year Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians sort through complex information to answer more than 1,339,990 customer questions, including:

  • How many former Pittsburgh Steelers players are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame?
  • What Steeler holds the record for the longest field goal attempt in Super Bowl history?
  • Just what is a Terrible Towel?

Known for its great sports teams, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is also home to the region's largest collection of reference materials. The Library's Telephone Ready Reference Unit (TRUU) alone answers close to 5,000 questions every month, offering straightforward answers ranging from Ben Roethlisberger's jersey number to the seating capacity at Heinz Field. TRUU directs the more detailed questions to an appropriate reference specialist who, on average, will research the answer within 48 hours.

Between questions, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Reference Services Department found time to place a little black & gold in enemy territory. They sent three dozen Steeler Eat'n Park Smiley cookies to colleagues in the Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber (their Reference room) at Seattle Public Library.

"We're hoping it's the only good result they get from the Super Bowl," said Richard Kaplan, Assistant Manager at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main.

Pittsburghers looking to dazzle their friends with the answers to burning Steelers trivia during upcoming Super Bowl parties can "Ask a Librarian" for assistance. Fans can submit their questions online at, contact the Library's Telephone Ready Reference Unit at (412) 622-3114 or stop in any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh neighborhood location.

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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.