Throwback Thursday logo

Throwback Thursday: Mingus, Mingus, Mingus!

Thu., Apr. 27
Charles Mingus is one of a handful of the most important jazz composers of the 20th century. He was a giant of jazz, an innovator whose music blends classical, bop, and free jazz to create something else again. In addition, in the volatile time that he lived, he was an unapologetic advocate of civil rights in the United States.
Scott Pilgrim book cover

Scott Pilgrim’s Not-So-Ordinary Life

Wed., Apr. 26
Scott Pilgrim is a normal guy—except he has to fight a league of evil exes in order to be with his true love. Oh and did I mention that his world is some kind of cross between video games and reality?
Cover for Ursula K Le Guin's Late in the Day book.

Le Guin's Poetry Urges Us Towards Awareness

Tue., Apr. 25
Many know Ursula K. Le Guin through her hefty body of science fiction and fantasy work, perhaps The Lathe of Heaven or the well-loved Earthsea series. Others might be familiar with her books on writing, like the beautifully titled Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, published in 2015. Still others devote themselves to her poetry, and its gently lilting verse. For those unfamiliar with the latter part of her repertoire, Le Guin’s newest collection, Late in the Day, provides a lovely introduction.
13 La Paradis French Swirl Endsheets

Discover Historic Bookbinding: Book Bling

Mon., Apr. 24
Like any well-loved tool or object, books have been decorated and embellished from their infancy. You know that feeling you get when you pick up a book that is such a joy to be holding? The distinguished spine catches your eye as your hand wraps around the boards perfectly, and as you crack open the front cover you are hit by a symphony of color and marks. You haven’t even gotten to the information yet, and you’re already under the book’s spell. We know that feeling, too.
Painting by Drew Struzan

George Lucas: A Life

Fri., Apr. 21
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the premier of the original Star Wars. In honor of this momentous occasion, be sure to check out Brian Jay Jones' definitive biography of the Creator, George Lucas: A Life.
Welcome to Pittsburgh logo

Welcome to Pittsburgh: Bike Trails!

Thu., Apr. 20
This past Saturday, April 8th, was National Opening Day for Rail-Trails across the country. As I’ve shared in the past, I’m a huge fan of of the many bike trails in and around the city of Pittsburgh. In celebration of Opening Day, I’m going to share three easy-to-moderate bike rides that do not require much riding on the road.
poster for the Summer King opera

Take Me Out To the Opera

Wed., Apr. 19
"Take Me Out To the Opera" has been the theme for the 2016-2017 season of the Pittsburgh Opera in anticipation of their first world premiere in the company’s 78 year history, The Summer King, the story of Pittsburgh baseball legend Josh Gibson. Daniel Sonenberg, composer of the opera, began working on this opera almost 15 years ago, but his love of baseball and his interest in the history of the Negro leagues goes back to his childhood. Reading the blog on his website, you feel his joy at finally having a fully staged version of this piece come to life in the city where Josh Gibson made his mark.
book cover for Dear Ijeawele

Chimamanda Adichie's Bite Sized Feminist Manifesto

Tue., Apr. 18
I had a hard time trying to narrow down what to discuss from Chimamanda Adichie's new book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. This was because there were so many profound and wonderful points that Adichie made about how society treats women and feminism. Adichie first rose to prominence via the feminist spectrum after a clip of her Ted Talk was sampled in Beyonce's 2013 song "***Flawless".
"Coming Soon" logo

Coming Soon to a Library Near You

Fri., Apr. 14
Today we're featuring a few items that will be hitting Library shelves over the next few weeks. These movies and books are available now to place on hold through our catalog or you can try your luck with the Best Seller collections on their release dates. For even more upcoming and newly released books, movies and music, check out the Books & Media page on our website!