Always Available on Hoopla: LGBTQIA+ Fiction eBooks

Thu., Apr. 30
So, you’ve been at home and maybe already read hot-selling titles like Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli. You might have also Netflix-binged through Queer Eye, I Am Not Okay with This, AJ and the Queen, and Special, gave a couple movies like Alex Strangelove and Let It Snow a spin (or several). Now you’re thinking you want to find new-to-you LGBTQIA+ fiction titles, but the Library is closed and you can’t browse the shelves. We got you and we are always here…

Down the Research Rabbit Hole: Historic Pittsburgh

Thu., Apr. 30
One of my favorite non-CLP resources for doing historical research about the city is Historic Pittsburgh. Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, this website hosts digitized content from more than a dozen libraries and archives around the city, so it’s a great one-stop-shopping experience for genealogy, house histories, archival research, and – my personal, preferred time-suck – historic photos! With one search, you get information…
An adult and child snuggle at the Library.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 and the New Normal

Thu., Apr. 30
As a parent of two, I find that it can be a struggle to always put on a positive face for my children during this uncertain time. So much of their world has changed so quickly. With so many questions about COVID-19 and social distancing, I felt like I needed to see what resources are out there to help guide these conversations. And though it doesn’t take away the sadness, it is helping me feel better to know that I am not alone with this struggle. And neither are you.

Free Genealogy Websites Everyone Should Be Using

Thu., Apr. 30
We’re excited to have remote access to right now, but it’s not the only site out there for online genealogy research. Here’s a roundup of several sites the Pennsylvania Department routinely recommends. If you’re not familiar with FamilySearch, and you’re serious about genealogy research, please stop reading right now and go make a free account! This site is completely free to use from anywhere,…
Woman sitting on floor looking at a laptop on a coffee table.

Chat With the Library

Thu., Apr. 30
As sheltering-in-place extends into its seventh week, people are seeking out new and creative ways to maintain human contact. In the past few weeks alone, I’ve participated in a Zoom seder, competed in a virtual pub quiz, and sang my heart out in an online karaoke session. (Unfortunately, doing karaoke from the comfort of my couch hasn’t made me sound any better.) We at the…

You Are Not Alone: Pittsburgh Health and Safety Resources for Teens

Wed., Apr. 29
Do you have a question? A fear? An idea to explore? Could you use some support? Even if you feel alone, there are a lot of places to turn. Here are just a few. IOTAS (It's Okay to Ask Someone) Textline: 412-424-6827 Free, confidential textline to ask any question related to sex, relationships, bodies and more UPMC Adolescent Clinic: 412-692-6677 Birth control, STD testing and…

Free Listening: Options for Library Patrons with Print Disabilities

Wed., Apr. 29
As many of you know, CLP-LBPH has been closed over the last few weeks while we adhere to Governor Wolf’s order for nonessential workers to Stay at Home. This order is of course designed to lower the rate of transmission of COVID-19 throughout Pennsylvania. I would like to thank all of our patrons who called to let us know that you feel we are essential…
Parent and child use a computer together.

Strategies for Struggling or Reluctant Readers

Wed., Apr. 29
I’ve written before about the challenges of being your child’s teacher during this pandemic, and today’s post is on the same topic. Because, wow, this is hard. 
Man on a phone while looking at a laptop.

"Book a Librarian" During the COVID-19 Library Closure

Tue., Apr. 28
Our physical locations may be closed, but the Library is still here for you! We are now offering one-on-one telephone appointments with CLP staff. Contact us via chat,, or call 412-622-3114 to schedule an appointment with a librarian. We are currently offering the following services over the phone: Business A business librarian can help you use library databases and other online resource to do…

May's Virtual Lineup

Tue., Apr. 28
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