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Going Back in Time

Tue., Jul. 31
Recently, Tor, a top publisher of science fiction and fantasy books and a division of Macmillan, made a surprise announcement regarding a change in their eBook licensing model for libraries. Effective immediately, libraries will no longer be able to purchase eBook copies of new Tor titles until four months after their on-sale date. What does that mean for you? When John Scalzi publishes the next…
Book cover for Killers of the Flower Moon

Join Us for Talking Book Club

Sun., Jul. 29
As a Reader Adviser for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped I get to participate in a number of great programs. One of my favorites, and one that I get to take part in, is a bi-monthly Talking Book Club. Talking Book Club meets the third Saturday every other month at the Downtown and Business library from 10:30-11:30. Being a part of the…
A Painting of the Himalayan Mountains by Nicholas Roerich

Good Books Ruin Lives

Thu., Jul. 26
Baskets of laundry lay wrinkling, longing to be folded or hung. Plants are thirsty. The carpet needs a thorough vacuuming. Family members shushed and neglected. I'm moving next week, and it would be a really great idea to start organizing and packing and planning. I've been shirking my responsibilities for the better part of a week now to read a book. A really, very good…
Book cover for Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.

The Death Blog

Mon., Jul. 23
Death is a subject that I think we should all think about more.  The most certain thing in life is that it will eventually end.  Why then do so many of us not think about or prepare for the inevitable.  But where should we start when we contemplate the end of our life. As a library employee with all of the inherent biases that come…

20 Books That Inspire Black Girls to Strive Toward Greatness

Mon., Jul. 23
When I saw this picture, I thought it is a dramatic illustration of the importance of little Black girls seeing themselves in children’s books! This picture of Michelle Obama is telling this girl that she can be anything she wants to be! Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to review some interesting books featuring Black females as the protagonist characters. Reading these…
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New Recorded Bilingual Books for Children

Fri., Jul. 20
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) has recorded dozens of audiobooks in its on-site recording studio, and has made a special effort to include books for children as well as adults in this program.  One of the most productive partnerships LBPH has developed is with the accomplished students from Pittsburgh’s Barack Obama Academy of International Studies Language Baccalaureate program who have recorded…


Tue., Jul. 17
Here is our new Best of BARD list, starting with number 1! If you find some of these titles interesting, and would like to listen to them, feel free to contact the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Rising Sea By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown DB90521 / CL16983 An alarming rise in the world's sea levels--much larger than could be accounted for by…
Legion DVD cover


Tue., Jul. 17
Are you looking for a radically different take on the seemingly endless superhero movies and shows that come out every year? Try Legion.
H Is For Hawk Book Cover.

On Grief and Goshawks

Tue., Jul. 10
Through a series of fantastic events, I found myself needing to read and put together a program for one of our monthly book clubs. The book, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, was on my to-read list for a while but I hadn't yet been able to read it. I quickly downloaded the audio version and began to listen to Helen talk about the…
READ balloons to celebrate BLAST readers at CLP - Woods Run.

We’re Having a BLAST with Northside Third Graders!

Mon., Jul. 9
Did your child come home this year excited about a visit from a local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh staff member? If you’re a Pittsburgh Public School parent, then chances are, the visit was from a member of our BLAST (Bringing Schools and Libraries Together) team. Read on to learn more about the BLAST Northside Project.