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A Baby Book Shower: Babies Need Books from Birth

Mon., Jun. 26
It's never too early to start reading to your baby, and we hope that the Best Books for Babies booklist in combination with future Baby Book Showers will continue to inspire caregivers to share books with their babies.
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The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Mon., Jun. 26
  In the past month, Sunday has become my favorite day of the week, simply for the fact that when 9:00 PM rolls around, I get to check in with my favorite small town weirdos in Twin Peaks, Washington. The new season of the cult classic television program (aptly titled Twin Peaks: The Return) started airing back in May, and creators David Lynch and Mark…
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Summer Reading, Pittsburgh Style!

Fri., Jun. 23
This year, we’re striving to read 180,000 books for Summer Reading! While ANY books, magazines and graphic novels count toward our goal, some of the books we’re promoting this year have a common theme—the city of Pittsburgh!
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The WWII Internment of Japanese Americans

Thu., Jun. 22
This year marked the 75th anniversary of the executive order that led to the Japanese American Internment. On February 19, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066: “Authorizing the Secretary of War to Prescribe Military Areas.”  This allowed for military areas to be set up where “any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to…
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Throwback Thursday: Ready for Ready Player One

Thu., Jun. 22
If you haven't read Cline's best-selling novel, it takes place in the year 2044 when most of the world is in pretty bad shape (except for Columbus, Ohio—one of the signs that this is a fictional story). Literally everyone is plugged into a virtual reality utopia known as the OASIS. When OASIS creator James Donovan Halliday dies, it’s revealed that he left behind a series of puzzles leading to to a hidden Easter Egg. Whoever finds the Egg will win Halliday’s real-life fortune and control of the OASIS, like if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took place inside The Matrix.

A Taste of Summer: Farm Market Season is Here!

Wed., Jun. 21
The benefits to frequenting a farmer's market are many: Fresh food (I'm talking food yanked right out of the ground or straight from the branch to the table where it's sold), fair prices, the ability to support local businesses and farmers, and so much more more!
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New Locally Produced Title: Think Cool Thoughts

Wed., Jun. 21
LBPH is proud to a share a new locally produced title available for loan or download from BARD. Think Cool Thoughts was narrated in partnership with Holy Family Academy and produced and edited by the LBPH Studio Team. Think Cool Thoughts Elizabeth Perry DBC 10091 On the hottest night of the hottest part of the summer, Angel, her aunt, and her mother drag their mattress…
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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Tue., Jun. 20
Black and white graphic illustrations guide us along the streets of Chicago as Roger, the narrator of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty tells us this story. Roger knew of Yummy, aka Robert, the nickname being an indication of Robert's love for sweets. While he was short in stature and looked innocent, Yummy belonged to the Black Disciples, a gang that ruled the Chicago streets. Seeking their approval, Yummy fired several shots which killed fourteen year old Shavon Dean, an aspiring hairdresser that everyone knew, even Yummy. Yummy immediately fled, his image plastered on television screens for the world to see.

"She's My Little Deuce Coupe..."

Tue., Jun. 20
We all look forward to summer for many different reasons, but for the novice motor head the season promises both warmer weather to work on our cars and a classic auto show almost any given night of the week. I look back on fond memories of going to auto shows with my grandfather, a diesel mechanic who also enjoyed working on his own cars in the…
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5 Questions With... Jacob Bacharach

Mon., Jun. 19
Five Questions With... is a series of short interviews with local authors and persons of interest. Today we're featuring Pittsburgh author Jacob Bacharach, who will make an appearance at CLP - Main on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Bacharach has written two books, The Bend of the World and The Doorposts of Your House and On Your Gates. Both novels feature Pittsburgh, and both have been described as "madcap" by reviewers. Think UFOs, legendary monsters and re-framing Biblical stories.