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Beyond Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ History in Its Own Words

Tue., Jun. 29
Just like any of the big monthly celebrations – Black History month, Women’s History month, etc. – Pride month should be a starting point for exploration and interest rather than a self-contained celebration. Here are some suggestions for putting more queer history into your feed and your daily life, along with connections to our collection. 
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What's a Filibuster?

Mon., Jun. 28
The filibuster has often been a polarizing tactic in the United States Senate, but do you know the origin of this 4-syllable word (Hint: its name comes from the Dutch word for “pirate”)? Check out our latest blog post to learn more about the record-setting uses of the filibuster throughout U.S. history, and why it's such a controversial parliamentary procedure today.
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CLP – Woods Run: 125 Anniversary Celebration — July 8, 2021

Thu., Jun. 24
In 1916, the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny City determined a need for a branch library to serve the diverse population of the western most extremity of Allegheny City. Conrad Dietrich Estate was chosen to build a 40 by 40 feet brick building near the corner of Woods Run Avenue on Brighton Road. The library leased this first building and equipped it with shelving to…
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Graphic Novel eBooks Available From Hoopla

Tue., Jun. 22
Already binged every television show? Kids all caught up on Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Are you on the hold list for the next book in your preferred series? Hoopla can keep you entertained and introduce you to new always available titles to find your next favorite for children, teens and adults. This summer we are challenging all Pittsburghers to read five…
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Sloane's Story

Wed., Jun. 16
The first audition for American Idol wasn’t intimidating at all for 16-year-old Fox Chapel sophomore Sloane Simon. “It was virtual. I was in my kitchen and my mom was with me,” she laughs. But out in California? Walking into a room where celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were sitting there, waiting? “Terrifying,” she admits. “They were all just staring at me…
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Pride Month and LGBTQIA+ Resources at CLP

Wed., Jun. 16
It’s Pride Month again—and normally we’d be updating our online booklists with some of the titles we’ve added in the last year. It hasn’t been a normal year (to say the least), so we haven’t quite managed to do that (yet). But we’re happy to share some new titles here and to point out other ways to locate books on LGBT+ topics.
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Read 5 Books Together This Summer Using Hoopla eBooks, Video and eAudio!

Tue., Jun. 8
Summer Reading 2021 kicks off on Sunday,  June 13. We are challenging everybody to read five books this summer and support the young folks in our lives to read five books to combat summer learning loss and all the challenges of the past school year. Interested in getting started? Sign-up by visiting Beanstack or visit your closest CLP location. If you’re not venturing out into…
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Countering Political Polarization - Summer and Fall 2021 Virtual Workshops (Braver Angels)

Thu., Jun. 3
Our country has become increasingly polarized over political issues. These FREE workshops will teach you strategies for both listening and speaking with people who have differing political opinions without trying to change anyone’s mind. You will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of meaningful dialogue. Come to learn new skills (or reinforce…