Epistolary Novels

Sat., Mar. 31
Recently I discovered that I was a fan of epistolary novels. I actually came to this discovery by accident since (to be honest) prior to a few weeks ago, I had no idea what an epistolary novel was. I am sure I had heard the term before but never really knew what it meant. This realization came about while reading An American Marriage by Tayari…
Painting by Branwell Brontë. A slight shadow remains where Branwell had painted himself into the portrait and then painted over himself between Emily and Charlotte.

Reader, I Read Classics

Thu., Mar. 29
The Talking Book Topics magazine is a great way to find up-to-date suggestions on the newest digital books in the LBPH collection, but you won't find any of the Classics that I love in there. Outside of high school English classes, I'd never explored the oldies-but-goodies. I was more of a young-adult sci-fi fantasy romance reader when it came to my free time (see: Juliet…
Cover of Hidden History Of Pittsburgh

New Locally Produced Title: Hidden History of Pittsburgh

Tue., Mar. 27
LBPH is proud to share a new locally produced title available for loan or for download from BARD. Hidden History of Pittsburgh was narrated by volunteer Tom Seiverling.  This audiobook was carefully monitored, edited, and produced by the LBPH Studio Team and Volunteers. Hidden History of Pittsburgh By Len Barcousky DBC10100 When Mark Twain visited in 1884, he claimed to spy a little bit of hell in Pittsburgh's…

Meet the 2018 Newbery Award Winners

Tue., Mar. 27
Being a Children's Librarian is amazing work and a job that I truly cherish! This past year, I was honored to participate on the 2018 Newbery Medal Selection Committee. Read on to learn more about this year's award winning books.

Some Staff Favorites!

Sat., Mar. 24
In the early days of blogging here at LBPH, we occasionally posted about the reading tastes of the staff. Think of it as an informal staff feature. Well, since those days a lot of new people have started working at your library! So, in the spirit of having a glimpse into the reading habits and proclivities of some of your library staff, here is a…
A view of the West End

Remembering the West End

Fri., Mar. 23
In which a valiant Library Assistant explores a tiny room and creates the library's West End Historical Collection.
Cover of Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble

New Locally Produced Title: Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble

Thu., Mar. 22
LBPH is proud to share a new locally produced title available for loan or for download from BARD.  Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble was narrated by Sandy Olanyk.  This audiobook was carefully monitored, edited, and produced by the LBPH Studio Team and Volunteers. Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble By Stephanie Greene DBC10049 Young Betsy Ross is upset when her brother tells her that she cannot make furniture…
Calico Joe book cover

Baseball Books: Calico Joe

Wed., Mar. 21
With the Pirates’ Opening Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about a time when the team was more competitive, and I decided to re-read two books with baseball themes.  Both are set in eras when baseball truly was more prominent in American life. The first of these, John Grisham’s Calico Joe, is told in flashback to the 1970s, and is populated with players, both real…
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Best of BARD: February 2018

Sun., Mar. 18
Everything changed in February – no more Fire and Fury, Hollywood glitz and homicide blitz… all the cool things are gone… except Alex Cross who is now number 3 on our BARD list and The People against him. This month we had some mysterious cases: a woman making dinner for her husband who then suddenly disappears (I would disappear too if I had to make…