CLP Blog

Kindergarten Transition

Mon., Aug. 1
Preventing a rocky start to school for your child will set them on the right path towards school success.

Beginning Creative Nonfiction Writers

Fri., Jul. 29
Pittsburgh has been home to some of the greatest creative nonfiction voices of the past century, from those born here like Annie Dillard to writers who made their journeys through the University of Pittsburgh as students like Rebecca Skloot and as educators like Jeanne Marie Laskas. The ‘Burgh is also home to the highly respected Creative Nonfiction literary journal. Pitt grad Dinty W. Moore is…

Welcome to Jupiter

Fri., Jul. 29
Do you find yourself constantly pondering about the universe and all the secrets it holds? I did, but now that I’ve read a few books on theoretical physics, I’m light years beyond where I was before. In celebration of NASA’s Juno mission, let’s go to “Infinity and Beyond.”

All Hail The Queen of the Tearling!

Thu., Jul. 28
Tired of the same old story in fantasy novels? Check out Erika Johansen's The Queen of the Tearling for a truly unique and exciting read!

My Top 13 "Guilty Pleasure" Songs

Wed., Jul. 27
There are some songs you can't help but sing along with... as long as no one is around to hear you. Maybe you don't deny that you like them, but you don't exactly advertise it, either. Here are 13 of mine.

A Stamp of Approval: In Praise of the USPS

Tue., Jul. 26
In my ranking of favorite things, receiving mail places just above eating pizza and directly after chihuahuas in tiny sombreros. Which is to say, it’s up there. I’d been not so patiently awaiting the arrival of a few choice parcels, and when they arrived last week (on schedule, lovingly cradled in my mailbox), I was struck by how much happiness came from a few slips…

La La Land Looks La La Lovely

Tue., Jul. 26
Whiplash director Damian Chazelle has a new film opening December 16 starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Take a look at some of the actors' previous collaborations and the director's first film.

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Mon., Jul. 25
Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of the new book at CLP - Squirrel Hill. Get sorted, explore Hogwart’s classes and let the wand choose you!

Documentary Premiere: RIP Letterpress, A 3D Video by Ken Love

Mon., Jul. 25
Remember watching the old Pittsburgh Post-Gazette presses through the windows on the Boulevard of the Allies? In this technologically innovative documentary 3D film by celebrated photographer and documentary filmmaker Ken Love, with 3D content remastering by Rembrandt3D, see behind the glass of a story that follows the paper on its serpentine journey through the presses, history and technological change.

Two Fantasy Favorites

Fri., Jul. 22
In case you haven’t heard, one of my favorite genres is Fantasy & Adventure.  I haven’t been able to read anything fantastical or adventurous lately, but it just so happens that two of my favorite fantasy adventure novels have also been made into movies.  I’ve been watching and reading these two since high school, and I expect I’ll continue to enjoy them in the decades…