A hand bearing a lantern emerges from beneath the invisibility cloak- the image is a still from the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A Smorgasbord of the Supernatural

Mon., Oct. 29
I am a scaredy cat and I enthusiastically avoid gruesome stories, whether in movies or in books. But I do love fantasy and pieces that flirt with the haunting realm of witches, vampires and ghosts. In the spirit of Halloween, things that go bump in the night and send a shiver down our collective spines, I've compiled 3 of my favorites. These couldn't be different…

Laughing While Learning: Must Read Mo Willems Books

Mon., Oct. 29
Last summer, I took my two sons to the library. As they played in the children’s section, I searched for books to read to them. Once I gathered all of the books, my youngest son ran up to me and placed a book in my hand. I looked at it and did not think it was worth reading. It was a simple looking book with a pig and elephant on it. I was only willing to give it a try because of my son’s enthusiasm. After reading that one book, Elephant and Piggie books became a permanent part of our reading time experience.
Go Vote!

Updates on Pennsylvania Voting for All

Fri., Oct. 26
At Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, we are always tuned in to issues that improve accessibility in meaningful ways. Which is why, when our patron Christine Hunsinger did some work in Harrisburg to test the accessibility of potential new voting machines as a member of the Joint State Government Commission for Voter Technology in Pennsylvania, it caught our attention. First,…

NaNoWriMo: Come Write In at CLP!

Wed., Oct. 24
NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is coming up soon. Started in 1999, this idea is a proven fun challenge for writers of all levels of experience - taking one month to write a novel, or at least 50,000 words. If you're participating for the first or fifteenth time, CLP has resources and spaces for you to use! As part of NaNoWriMo's Come Write In…

STEM Your Halloween

Wed., Oct. 24
Halloween is a great time to share STEM activities with children. Measuring out the ingredients for witches potions, exploring the shapes of spider webs and jack-o-lanterns, and concocting slime are just some of the spooky activities that can help children learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Fear Is Riveting

Tue., Oct. 23
So much has been written and discussed about Bob Woodward’s latest book Fear: Trump in the White House (DB 91876).  The title appears to have been drawn from the book’s opening 2016 quote from then Presidential candidate Donald Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa:  “Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear.”  That sets the tone for the following…
The author, Sharon G. Flake and her book, The Skin I'm In.

“I Got You”: An Interview with Sharon G. Flake, The Skin I’m In 20 Years Later

Tue., Oct. 16
Twenty years after its publication, Sharon G. Flake’s bestselling, Coretta Scott King award winning novel is as relevant today as the first day it was published. Here, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, I sat down with Sharon to ask questions about The Skin I’m In, her life as an author and how the library had an influence on her as a child.


Mon., Oct. 15
We are the Library’s BLAST outreach team. BLAST stands for Bringing Libraries and Schools Together. Do you know who's who on the BLAST team? Read on to find out.
Photograph of Bob Woodward


Wed., Oct. 10
Fear: Trump in the White House By Bob Woodward DB91876 Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist details the decision-making process for both foreign and domestic policy within the Trump administration. Draws on interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, diaries, files, and documents. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018. Shelter in Place By Nora Roberts DB91366/CL17080 Years after three teenagers shot up a mall and movie theater, Reed Quartermaine,…

Spotlight on Children’s Spaces: CLP - Squirrel Hill

Wed., Oct. 10
Every Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh neighborhood location has a unique room or space designated to and designed specifically for young children. I've been traveling around, talking with the Children's Specialists in those spaces, and figuring out what makes each space special. My first destination was CLP - Squirrel Hill.