Words and Pictures: Katherine Paterson

Mon., Nov. 27
On Sunday, December 3 at 2:30pm, Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures will present the award-winning children's author Katherine Paterson as part of the 2017 Words & Pictures series.
Image from 1964 of the Oaks Theater marquee advertising the James Bond film "Goldfinger."

Films I Liked Better Than Their Books (Or Why I'm a Bad Librarian)

Sun., Nov. 26
There are few films based off of books that probe me to venture into reading their literary counterparts for one reason: I've never liked the book better. This, of course, all started with being a member of the Harry Potter generation where I couldn't even make it to the chapter where he gets on the train to leave for Hogwarts. The movie, however, was a different story. While…
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Poet Rubén Darío

Fri., Nov. 24
Rubén Darío is a Nicaraguan poet and author whose most important work was done in the late 19th century.  He is one of the most influential poets of Latin America and traveled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe.  Darío is thought to be one of the founders of the Spanish/American modernism (modernismo) movement. Darío's work touches on diverse themes such as love, adventure, and heroic feats.  In addition to…
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History Puzzles

Tue., Nov. 21
NLS acquires audio and braille titles in many foreign languages from various domestic and foreign producers, as well as from cooperating agencies serving people who cannot read standard print around the world. Using the Voyager Search interface, the NLS collections may be searched to find talking books in other languages, including French, German, and Russian. Though some languages are represented with only a few titles,…

New Locally Produced Title: Death by Cyanide

Sun., Nov. 19
LBPH is proud to share a new locally produced title available for loan or for download from BARD.  Death by Cyanide: The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein was narrated by volunteer Helen Kotler.  This audiobook was carefully monitored, edited, and produced by the LBPH Studio Team and Volunteers. Death by Cyanide: The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein By Paula Reed Ward DBC08549 Paula Reed Ward,…
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Tolkien's Silmarillion

Fri., Nov. 17
The universe that JRR Tolkien created in his books is richly textured and expansive. Middle Earth is an amazing creation from one of the most beloved writers of the 20th century. What's extra amazing about Tolkien's universe building is that it is by no means limited to the Lord of the Rings books. Indeed, for the deeper history of Middle Earth, one must go to…

Idle Hands and Audio Books: Beginning Knitter Guide

Wed., Nov. 15
With the temperature dropping and shorter days upon us, my passion for indoor hobbies like fiber arts and craft-making are reignited. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy these hunker-down hobbies is with a good audio book on my mobile BARD app keeping my imagination as busy as my fingers. My fabric hobbies began with cross stitch which is easy and repetitive- perfect for wiling away…

New Locally Produced Title: Supernatural Pittsburgh and Its Suburbs

Tue., Nov. 14
LBPH is proud to share a new locally produced title available for loan or for download from BARD.  Supernatural Pittsburgh and Its Suburbs was narrated by volunteer Paula Collins.  This audiobook was carefully monitored, edited, and produced by the LBPH Studio Team and Volunteers. Supernatural Pittsburgh and Its Suburbs By James F. Titus Jr. DBC01844 A Pittsburgh-centered compilation of tales of the unexplained.  At times…

Preservation Highlight: A look into history through Harper's Bazaar

Mon., Nov. 13
There is no arguing the magnitude of the fashion and culture magazine Harper's Bazaar. Sometimes it can be easy to forget how long this publication has been around, and how long it's been shaping what is accepted as normal, good and beautiful. Founded in 1867 as "A repository of fashion, pleasure, and instruction" Harper's Bazar (notice the single a) hit the ground running on bringing Paris fashion to an…