Cover of a Conan Collection

Conan the Cimmerian: Not the Barbarian You Remember

Wed., Nov. 7
Conan the Barbarian.  The name draws to mind all the ridiculous images that have been drawn down the years.  He-Man.  That Schwarzenegger movie.  A huge figure with huge muscles in only a loin cloth.  Oh and probably dumb because that's what people think of when they think of barbarians.  That is not the source material. Robert E Howard's Conan the Cimmerian is that giant figure. …

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…
The cover of Schiff's The Witches

The Witch

Thu., Nov. 1
I am not a fan of horror movies. I tend to watch half of the movie with my eyes closed and I fly about two feet out of my chair at any little jump-scare trick on the screen. In the spirit of Halloween, every October I attempt to watch one horror film. This year it was the The Witch directed by Dave Eggers. I had…
A hand bearing a lantern emerges from beneath the invisibility cloak- the image is a still from the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A Smorgasbord of the Supernatural

Mon., Oct. 29
I am a scaredy cat and I enthusiastically avoid gruesome stories, whether in movies or in books. But I do love fantasy and pieces that flirt with the haunting realm of witches, vampires and ghosts. In the spirit of Halloween, things that go bump in the night and send a shiver down our collective spines, I've compiled 3 of my favorites. These couldn't be different…
Go Vote!

Updates on Pennsylvania Voting for All

Fri., Oct. 26
At Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, we are always tuned in to issues that improve accessibility in meaningful ways. Which is why, when our patron Christine Hunsinger did some work in Harrisburg to test the accessibility of potential new voting machines as a member of the Joint State Government Commission for Voter Technology in Pennsylvania, it caught our attention. First,…

Fear Is Riveting

Tue., Oct. 23
So much has been written and discussed about Bob Woodward’s latest book Fear: Trump in the White House (DB 91876).  The title appears to have been drawn from the book’s opening 2016 quote from then Presidential candidate Donald Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa:  “Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear.”  That sets the tone for the following…
Photograph of Bob Woodward


Wed., Oct. 10
Fear: Trump in the White House By Bob Woodward DB91876 Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist details the decision-making process for both foreign and domestic policy within the Trump administration. Draws on interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, diaries, files, and documents. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018. Shelter in Place By Nora Roberts DB91366/CL17080 Years after three teenagers shot up a mall and movie theater, Reed Quartermaine,…
I am Legend cover

October Means Dark: Or, How I Love Horror

Sun., Oct. 7
As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am really into horror.  I enjoy this time of year because I can let some small portion of this love out and people just think I’m in the spirit of the season.  I should mention I’m not into slasher horror with monsters saving teenagers from their bad choices of sex, alcohol, and drugs by killing them…

The 7 Deadly Sins

Mon., Oct. 1
When I heard that CLP latest After Hours event was going to be about the seven deadly sins, I thought that would be a great idea for a blog post. I decided it would be interesting to make a list of books somehow that correspond to one of each of the deadly sins. I included non-fiction books where someone at some point exhibited one of…
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Our NEWEST Obama Academy Narrated Title at LBPH Pittsburgh: Louisa May’s Battle

Fri., Sep. 28
DBC 10099 Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women By Kathleen Krull Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Annotation: Before her success as an author, Louisa May Alcott served her country as a nurse during the Civil War. This is the story of her work with wounded soldiers and later publication of her classic novel, Little Women. For grades 3-6. 2013. Narrated by…