Former Pittsburgh Pirate Andrew McCutchen narrates an audiobook. Volunteer monitors recording outside of booth.

The Recording Studio at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Fri., Feb. 14
Something that many people may not know is that here at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped we have a fully equipped and functioning volunteer-run recording studio. This little-known secret is a true gem, and contributes to the noble mission of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.    Just for a little background, The National Library Service…
Cover art of Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

Good Kings, Bad Kings – and excellent cast of characters in an engaging novel.

Fri., May. 17
Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum (DB77648) is the Consumer Health Coalition Bookclub pick for May of 2019.  This is a book written for young adults, but is a very engrossing read about invisible kids who have been shut away.    Most of the book takes place within the walls of a nursing home for kids and teenagers with disabilities, and some have mental health issues…
Flyer for Autism Friendly Open Mic Event

Disability Friendly Community Events

Thu., Apr. 25
For people on the Autism spectrum or with other disabilities there are several exciting events coming up in the Pittsburgh area!  On Sunday May 19th at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, The Autism Society and Band Together Pittsburgh will present an Autism friendly open mic.  There will mics, keyboards, guitars, amps, and percussion instruments available for participants to utilize.    If you or anyone you know has a…
Cover art of An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal

The Perils of Health Care in Modern America

Sat., Mar. 30
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped helps to facilitate a bookclub for one of our partner organizations, The Consumer Health Coalition, which, like the name implies is an organization that advocates for access to health for residents in Southwestern PA.  We have recently read two titles that have illuminated the sad state of healthcare for many individuals in the United…
Cover art of A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Caribbean Fiction

Sat., Jan. 26
The Caribbean Sea is a relatively small geographic area but is filled with many islands and countries that are very rich in culture and diversity.  Many of these islands have also lived through much turmoil, poverty, and difficult political situations.  Below is a list of authors from various Caribbean countries that exemplify Caribbean struggles and Caribbean literary tradition. Krik? Krak!  by Edwidge Danticat – DB 47187 - Ten short…
Cover art of A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

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…
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Thank You to Our Great Volunteers!

Sun., Nov. 4
At the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, we are tremendously fortunate to have an army of volunteers who help us with many important library functions.  Without our terrific volunteers, I don’t know how we’d accomplish many of the amazing things that we do. Our volunteers range in age from teenager to senior citizen, have all different abilities, and come from…
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Services for Dark Times 

Sat., Sep. 22
The library is often a place where people turn when they don’t know where else to go.  Libraries help people with everything from finding a job, connecting people with social services agencies, and helping parents learn how to teach their kids early literacy skills.  Many of these things we are well equipped to handle and have been doing so for a long time, such as…
What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology at your library

Sat., Aug. 18
Here at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped we offer technology help with assistive technology.  So what is assistive technology one might ask? Well, according to the Assistive Technology Industry Assocation: Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. AT can be low-tech: communication boards…
Cover art of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Death Blog

Mon., Jul. 23
Death is a subject that I think we should all think about more.  The most certain thing in life is that it will eventually end.  Why then do so many of us not think about or prepare for the inevitable.  But where should we start when we contemplate the end of our life. As a library employee with all of the inherent biases that come…