Cover of A Christmas Memory, shows Buddy and Sook with Queeny in front of a Christmas Tree.

Two Quaint Holiday Stories by Truman Capote

Tue., Nov. 27
Tis the season, as I reluctantly accept it.  I’m not officially in the Holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving, even if the retail world wants me to be.  With the holidays comes a lot of media traditions, whether its listening to the old Christmas record, watching a specific movie, or enjoying a certain book.  Two holiday titles that I love and put me in the spirit…

Spotlight on Children’s Spaces: CLP – West End

Mon., Nov. 26
Over in the West End, right next to the Library Support Center, is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) - West End. According to CLP history, West End was the first location to host storytime almost a century ago. Read on to learn more about this neighborhood location.
Picture of art show visitor touching sculpture

Two Art Shows for Visitors with Visual Disabilities

Fri., Nov. 23
Somatosensory 2018 has opened at Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Organized in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, this tactile art show features 14 works by local artists in various media and visitors are encouraged to explore each piece through touch.  In addition, each artist has recorded a statement about their work, some descriptive of the creative process, others about the…
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BEST OF BARD: OCTOBER 2018

Tue., Nov. 20
  Robert B. Parker's Colorblind By Reed Farrel Coleman DB 92105 / CL 18089 After a stint in rehab, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is confronted by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes. Meanwhile, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority--namely, Jesse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018. The Outsider:…
Esther Bubley photo

The Creation of “Intimate Moments”

Tue., Nov. 20
For the past two months, I have been lucky enough to work alongside the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s REcollection Studio to curate and develop an exhibition using photographs from the Pittsburgh Photographic Library (PPL). This collection was gathered from a photography program initiated by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in the early 1950s in an attempt to document the daily life of the American…
Grafitti Higway In Centralia.

The Beat of the Drums

Sat., Nov. 17
The last weekend in October, my partner and I decided to visit Gettysburg and Centralia for a “Halloween” themed trip. We started in Johnstown to visit the incline and see some friends before heading to Gettysburg, the first stop on our tour of ghostly towns. After unpacking the car we drove around downtown marveling at the tiny town with its many places to purchase ghost…

NaNoWriMo Writers, Keep At It! 

Thu., Nov. 15
It’s hard to believe, but November is already halfway over. For those of us participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, this means we only have a few weeks left to hit that 50,000 word goal. It’s hard work, but who else will write your novel, if not you? If you’re feeling discouraged and having trouble staying motivated, remember that all the best writers have felt…

Spotlight on Children’s Spaces: CLP - Allegheny

Mon., Nov. 12
For my next excursion, I took my trusty hatchback north, stopping to check out the Children’s space at CLP’s Allegheny location on Federal Street. Read on to find out what makes this Children's space so special.
Cover of a Conan Collection

Conan the Cimmerian: Not the Barbarian You Remember

Wed., Nov. 7
Conan the Barbarian.  The name draws to mind all the ridiculous images that have been drawn down the years.  He-Man.  That Schwarzenegger movie.  A huge figure with huge muscles in only a loin cloth.  Oh and probably dumb because that's what people think of when they think of barbarians.  That is not the source material. Robert E Howard's Conan the Cimmerian is that giant figure. …

Wave, Shake, and Wiggle With Storytime Props

Mon., Nov. 5
If you've been to a storytime program, you've probably seen us pass out scarves, shakers, or other props. They certainly add a fun element, but their value goes well beyond that. Let's take a look at some of the more popular props and their benefits.