Given that libraries celebrate Banned Books Week and condemn censorship, how is it possible that the occasional challenges that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh receives from our users are not unwelcome?
Librarians love to arrange things. We are always trying to figure out where to put books (and other materials) so that the folks who will love them the best will find them most easily. It may not feel that way, though, when you first come into the Library to find books for your child. There are so many sections. And lots of different labels. What do they all mean?
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.
How do we measure the impact of race on opportunity? How can the U.S. live up to its aspirations to be a place where all people have opportunities to thrive? And how can we come together to talk about—and change—the circumstances that limit the lives of so many of our citizens?
While our physical locations may be closed, you can still browse our book displays–virtually.
So far, not much about 2020 has been predictable. And much of it has been unsettling at best. But one thing that we can count on is that babies keep … Continued
Talking with children, preschoolers, teens or in between, about current events can be challenging in the best of times. When illness, inequity, violence and hate surround us, it can be an overwhelming prospect. Here are some books that we think offer a good place to start the conversation.
As librarians, we mostly believe that almost any problem can be solved—or at least better understood—through reading. The current pandemic is testing that belief (along with lots of others), but we are still searching for and sharing good resources as much as possible. If you also turn to books to help make sense of the world and you are trying to figure out how to explain the new reality to your kids, consider sharing some of these very recently published online titles with the children in your lives.
If your family likes listening to books together, check out the list of kids’ audiobooks we’ve put together on OverDrive. There are books intended for a variety of ages and even grown-ups will likely find something to enjoy and/or ponder.
The Best Books for Babies list has been created annually since 2000 by a committee of local librarians, child development experts, and community members. Check out this year’s Best Books for Babies list, and start reading today!