CLP Blog

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…

You Are Not Alone: Pittsburgh Health and Safety Resources for Teens

Wed., Apr. 29
Do you have a question? A fear? An idea to explore? Could you use some support? Even if you feel alone, there are a lot of places to turn. Here are just a few. IOTAS (It's Okay to Ask Someone) Textline: 412-424-6827 Free, confidential textline to ask any question related to sex, relationships, bodies and more UPMC Adolescent Clinic: 412-692-6677 Birth control, STD testing and…

Free Listening: Options for Library Patrons with Print Disabilities

Wed., Apr. 29
As many of you know, CLP-LBPH has been closed over the last few weeks while we adhere to Governor Wolf’s order for nonessential workers to Stay at Home. This order is of course designed to lower the rate of transmission of COVID-19 throughout Pennsylvania. I would like to thank all of our patrons who called to let us know that you feel we are essential…
Parent and child use a computer together.

Strategies for Struggling or Reluctant Readers

Wed., Apr. 29
I’ve written before about the challenges of being your child’s teacher during this pandemic, and today’s post is on the same topic. Because, wow, this is hard. 

"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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Instagram Teenspace Instagram YouTube   VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES Teen Book Recommendations: Teen librarians reveal their favorite titles @clpteenspace Instagram Mondays & Wednesdays Book Brackets (Non-March Madness): Vote for your favorite YA titles @clpteenspace Instagram Stories 1 Minute Reviews: Quick and thoughtful book talks with CLP librarians @carnegielibrary Instagram Adults - Instagram IGTV 
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  Kids - Instagram Stories Tuesdays &…

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…
Grandpa Shows Photos On His Cell Phone For His Granddaughter

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…

You Are Not Alone: Teen Mental Health Resources

Thu., Apr. 23
“The hardest thing to do in this world is to live in it.” “The Gift.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WB, 22, May, 2001. Hi friends, how are you? We are living in an uncertain and scary time right now. I am sharing some resources that could be helpful if you are feeling sad, scared, alone, depressed, overwhelmed – whatever you are feeling, you do not…