Films I Liked Better Than Their Books (Or Why I'm a Bad Librarian)

Sun., Nov. 26
There are few films based off of books that probe me to venture into reading their literary counterparts for one reason: I've never liked the book better. This, of course, all started with being a member of the Harry Potter generation where I couldn't even make it to the chapter where he gets on the train to leave for Hogwarts. The movie, however, was a different story. While…

Veteran's Day Library Picks

Sat., Nov. 4
Throughout the years, Veterans Day adopts a new meaning and context for each generation. When I was growing up, the holiday felt (and still is) very much attached to the WWII and Korean War veterans of my grandparents' generation.  Now, as the child of baby boomer parents and witness to the events of 9/11, the holiday resonates more closely for me with the service members of the Vietnam and Second Gulf War. Both…

Attack of the Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Sun., Oct. 1
Some would rather gag on a gourd instead of enjoy the onslaught of pumpkin inspired products that crop up this time of year. I, unfortunately for those of you, am not one of your people. No matter if it's lattes, candles, or baked goods, if it's got pumpkin in it I'm going for it. Autumn, especially in Pittsburgh, is a short-lived season that I feel needs to be taken advantage…

Start Your Own Book Club

Fri., Aug. 25
As fall lingers around the corner, many of us look forward to getting back in the swing of our routines with school, work and other responsibilities. While you may be reflecting on the many great stories read as part of your summer reading lists and goals, autumn offers the perfect season to convene at a book club that offers a collective literary experience. If the Library or other book club offerings…

Trying Something New...

Tue., Aug. 1
I'm currently reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal, a story about a young Indian-English woman who takes a job teaching a writing class to a group of older Southeast Asian women in London's Southall community. While the women have arrived at the class with the intention of sharpening their English skills, they soon find inspiration in a dirty pulp fiction book…

More Resources for Caregivers

Mon., Jul. 3
A couple months ago I recommended some resources that both the Library and other organizations provide for locating credible information for the loved one under your care. The following are some more free resources that help assist with the process of selecting a new home for your loved one and managing their wellbeing after they've moved. While this endeavor can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming, these tools can help…

"She's My Little Deuce Coupe..."

Tue., Jun. 20
We all look forward to summer for many different reasons, but for the novice motor head the season promises both warmer weather to work on our cars and a classic auto show almost any given night of the week. I look back on fond memories of going to auto shows with my grandfather, a diesel mechanic who also enjoyed working on his own cars in the…

A Young Adult Convert

Tue., Jun. 6
My friends and colleagues know me as someone who didn't spend much time in the realm of young adult (YA) fiction at the age when that genre should have appealed to me. In my previous experience reading YA novels, I had felt the storylines to be too flat and the characters too vacuous and self-absorbed, much like teenage years themselves. In ninth grade I wrote…

Buy It Right

Thu., May. 11
How do you feel you’re getting a good deal? Is it from the brand you’re purchasing? Is it from how much you paid for what you bought? Or it is from how long you expect your purchase to last? There are many factors that influence what we buy and often the larger the purchase the more anxiety we may feel over whether or not we’re…

Walk Down Memory Lane

Fri., Mar. 31
Everybody in Pittsburgh has a favorite memory of an old store, statue, or other local icon. Some remember getting their picture taken on the Iron Deer in West Park on the North Side or buying penny candy from Candy-Rama downtown. Much like Candy-Rama, however, many Pittsburgh icons have come and gone with the area’s booming industry. Little remains of these places except for the memories…