CLP Blog

Sugar Plum Fairies Dancing in My Head

Tue., Dec. 11
It happens to me a lot this time of year. I hear a few notes from one of the iconic melodies and, suddenly, I’m backstage in the wings awaiting my turn to join the other pirouetting dancers onstage. If I’m not transported to memories of my past, hearing the melodies will have me twinkle-toeing it up and busting out some fancy footwork in the privacy of…
cover of the "FAULT IN OUR STARS"

Life Is What You Make Of It

Sat., Dec. 8
It is surprising how movies have started influencing what our reading lists look like. I have always observed that reading a novel is quite different from watching a movie. Sure, visual effects are pleasing to our eyes but the characters that grow in our imagination when reading a novel are far more colorful and realistic than the ones on screen. I must confess that John…
A sketched map of america with a red line showing Steinbeck's route, as well as sketches of his truck, his poodle Charley, and some of the scenery he encountered along the way.

Travels With Charley: In Search of America (and a good road trip book)

Wed., Dec. 5
“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” - John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley Somehow having managed to skip any Steinbeck in high school, I had always imagined his work to be somber, serious and dry. But on a recent road trip from Pittsburgh to Memphis, friends brought along the audio version of his road story, Travels with…

Spotlight on Children’s Spaces: CLP – Carrick

Mon., Dec. 3
The Carrick location is the most recently renovated library in the CLP system. It's also the continent’s first Passive House library. Read on to learn more about the amazing features this neighborhood library has to offer.
Cover of A Christmas Memory, shows Buddy and Sook with Queeny in front of a Christmas Tree.

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…

Spotlight on Children’s Spaces: CLP – West End

Mon., Nov. 26
Over in the West End, right next to the Library Support Center, is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) - West End. According to CLP history, West End was the first location to host storytime almost a century ago. Read on to learn more about this neighborhood location.
Picture of art show visitor touching sculpture

Two Art Shows for Visitors with Visual Disabilities

Fri., Nov. 23
Somatosensory 2018 has opened at Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Organized in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, this tactile art show features 14 works by local artists in various media and visitors are encouraged to explore each piece through touch.  In addition, each artist has recorded a statement about their work, some descriptive of the creative process, others about the…
book cover

BEST OF BARD: OCTOBER 2018

Tue., Nov. 20
  Robert B. Parker's Colorblind By Reed Farrel Coleman DB 92105 / CL 18089 After a stint in rehab, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is confronted by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes. Meanwhile, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority--namely, Jesse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018. The Outsider:…
Esther Bubley photo

The Creation of “Intimate Moments”

Tue., Nov. 20
For the past two months, I have been lucky enough to work alongside the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s REcollection Studio to curate and develop an exhibition using photographs from the Pittsburgh Photographic Library (PPL). This collection was gathered from a photography program initiated by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in the early 1950s in an attempt to document the daily life of the American…
Grafitti Higway In Centralia.

The Beat of the Drums

Sat., Nov. 17
The last weekend in October, my partner and I decided to visit Gettysburg and Centralia for a “Halloween” themed trip. We started in Johnstown to visit the incline and see some friends before heading to Gettysburg, the first stop on our tour of ghostly towns. After unpacking the car we drove around downtown marveling at the tiny town with its many places to purchase ghost…