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The US Capitol Building, decorated in preparation for the inauguration of President Obama.

Inauguration Day 2021

Tue., Jan. 19
Inauguration Day takes place on January 20, 2021, and will be unlike any in U.S. history. Normally regarded as the end of one presidential era and the beginning of the next through a peaceful transfer of power, complete with parades, balls and large celebrations, this year's inauguration will look and feel completely different.
"1040 selective focus on 1040 form, with eyeglasses, calculator and pencil slightly softened

Tax Assistance Resources

Fri., Jan. 15
Wondering where to pick up your tax forms this year, or how to get assistance preparing and filing your taxes? This short guide will give you the information you need to prepare and file your 2020 taxes this season.
An adult reading a book at home.

Book Awards Roundup: Part 1

Thu., Jan. 14
As a librarian I have always been aware of book awards and prizes, but it wasn’t until this year that I began to realize the huge number and wide scope of literary awards that there are in the world. Read on to learn more.
An adult reading a book at home.

Book Awards Roundup: Part 2

Thu., Jan. 14
Check out this post for some background on this research, and why I put it together. Here’s a breakdown of the book awards and prizes I surveyed, with pie charts! There are so many ways to look at these. By format: what were the most popular nonfiction titles? Graphic Novels? True Crime books? By country: Exactly how many book awards does Canada have? Alas, there is not enough time…
parent reads book to toddler

Choosing High-Quality Children’s Books

Wed., Jan. 13
What makes a book high quality? How do you choose the best titles to read with kids? Here are some tips to help you select great books for your preschoolers, and kids of any age!
Painted image of a purple heart with the words "Here to Help."

Difficult News and Self-Care

Thu., Jan. 7
The events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol building have left many people shocked and scared for what the future holds for our country, and how our society can bridge such a large partisan divide. Breaking news like this can lead to many emotions, as well as confusion over what is true and what is speculation. These resources below offer a way to…

Pittsburgh Libraries B.C. (Before Carnegie)

Tue., Jan. 5
Pittsburgh’s first libraries predated Andrew Carnegie’s arrival in the United States by almost fifty years. These early libraries differed in fundamental ways from what most of us in the 21st century think a library should be:  Not Free to Anyone  To modern eyes, the phrase “Free To The People” inscribed over the entrance of many a Carnegie Library means we can use the resources within without needing to purchase them. To Pittsburghers prior to 1895, it indicated no membership was required.  The first recorded attempt at starting…
Kids playing on the steps of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main branch in Oakland.

The Power of Play 

Mon., Jan. 4
There’s more to playing than meets the eye. It burns off energy and strengthens muscles and critical thinking skills. It promotes literacy by creating connections with words and print. And, especially in these unpredictable times, it helps kids to make sense of both unexpected events and everyday life.
PS4 games with Video Game genre stickers near the bottom of their spines.

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone…

Mon., Jan. 4
Are you, like me, waiting not-so-patiently for the next installment of Nintendo’s "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"? I’ve been obsessed with these games since playing the very first one at my babysitter’s house one summer (never mind the year).