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Teens participating in PhenomeCON.

Celebrate Your Fandom at PhenomeCON!

Mon., Jun. 10
Are you itching to dress up as your favorite character? Do you want to show off your Smash Bros skills or make new friends to discuss your latest fanfiction and fanart? Then check out PhenomeCON-- Pittsburgh’s free, city-wide, teens-only fandom convention!
Newspaper image showing dinosaur peering into skyscraper window

Bone Wars

Mon., Jun. 3
In April of this year an unusual item appeared for sale on Ebay:  the 15-foot, 68-million-year-old remains of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, discovered in Wyoming, for the “buy it now” price of $2.95 million.  In the United States, unlike many other countries, fossil hunters who unearth skeletal remains on private land are entitled by law to keep (and sell) them.  Dinosaur trophies are much sought…
A colorful palette of Indian spices and herbs

The Mistress of Spices: a Spice Fantasy

Fri., May. 31
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni DB 87874 transports you immediately with a literary-sensory explosion of color, scent, and touch to an exotic land of spices. This exotic land is Oakland, California, where a powerful immortal named Tilo keeps shop in a nondescript Indian grocery--disguised as an old woman. Tilo takes special care of each customer: learning their hearts desire, their greatest fears,…
Book cover of Good Kings, Bad Kings

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…
Mrs. Pagone does her laundry, 1952.

Men’s Work/Women’s Work

Fri., May. 17
Explore the contributions of working women in the 1950s through the Pittsburgh Photographic Library.

Well I am in a hurry...

Fri., May. 10
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (DB 89846) by Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent book.  He goes through the entire history of the universe in a brilliant and funny manner.  Mr. Tyson has made great strides in educating people on astrophysics and in this intelligent and packed little book he shows his prowess.  And this is a short book, only 3 hours and 43…
The Book cover for Grit.

Effort Counts Twice

Tue., May. 7
I have a twin sister who constantly gives me great things to include clothes, advice and book suggestions. Our book tendencies are opposite. I lean towards fiction while she leans toward non-fiction. Due to my lack of non-fiction inclination, I always ask her for suggestions which in turn fuels my next listing of recommend books. I’ve finally embraced the suggestions from her and now we…

Something Old Something New, Part 1: Animated Soundscapes

Fri., May. 3
This past fall the Carnegie Library Music Department was approached by CMU professor and musician Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh to host a series of sound installations by her undergraduate students. Annie teaches an awesome class at CMU called Experimental Sound Synthesis (which I really wish I could take!) and past classes have toured the Music Department to familiarize themselves with our Musical Instrument Lending Library. In…