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…

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,…

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…

"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 leave a message at 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…

May's Virtual Lineup

Tue., Apr. 28
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Always Available on Hoopla: Humor

Sun., Apr. 26
Sometimes current events can feel overwhelming. Taking time out of the day to enjoy a funny story can lighten our mood and provide a much-needed distraction. These humorous eBooks are always available through Hoopla. You can link to Hoopla through our eResources page and view a Hoopla tutorial here. Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman Douglas Adams's…
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Building Resilience Three Links at a Time

Fri., Apr. 24
A few years back, the Collection Development team here at CLP began sharing what we call “SuperBetter Moments.” The idea came from a TED talk by game designer Jane McGonigal.   In the video, McGonigal shares the story of creating SuperBetter, a game intended to help people overcome challenges, build resilience and increase happiness. With over seven million views (and a subsequent bestselling book), there’s a good chance you already know about…

Ways to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri., Apr. 24
During times such as these, it can seem overwhelming to look around and see all that needs to be done or all the people who need help. At the same time, it is also during times such as these, where we can see the heart of people. We have seen offers from many to help and offer support in any way they can. So, we wanted to create a place full of resources if…
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Encourage EVERYONE to Complete the 2020 Census

Thu., Apr. 23
So you’ve completed the Census...what's next? Time to encourage others to do the same! Here are a few suggestions: Call or text family, friends, neighbors and/or colleagues to share a few reasons why a complete count is so vital to the state and beyond. Share some examples that are important to you on how those funds are used, and then circle back to let them…

Dig Deeper into the News of the Day with The Economist. Now Available on OverDrive!

Tue., Apr. 21
The Economist is an international weekly newspaper printed in magazine-format and published digitally that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology. Download the latest edition from OverDrive or OverDrive’s app, Libby. From politics to business and finance, from science and technology to the arts. The Economist offers fact-checked, authoritative insight to the news of the world. [action id ="319266"]