Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Finding the Beauty in Imperfections

Check out these resources that explore wabi sabi, the Japanese idea centered on the understanding that nothing is perfect and that’s okay; kintsugi, the art of repairing pottery with gold; and sashinko, the art of using embroidery or stitching to decoratively repair cloth.

Wanting all the Good Stuff

Can human desire go too far? Pittsburgh Opera closes its season with George Frideric Handel’s “Semele.” The opera, with a libretto by William Congreve, tells the story of Semele, a … Continued

Hear Me Out: Racial Histories

Systemic racism touches all parts of life and is linked to everything from poverty, to health, to education, to incarceration. It’s a racism that doesn’t rely on racist thoughts or actions from individuals, but rather on the laws, regulations, preferences and power structures that have built up over the centuries, and that continue to harm people of color. Check out these titles to learn more about systemic racism. And if you’d like to discuss these and related issues, the Library is co-hosting a virtual event on Wednesday, May 26 as part of the ‘Hear Me Out’ Dialogue Series.

Memoirs of Pittsburgh

In these memoirs we as readers can immerse ourselves in the lives of real people who are looking back on the Pittsburghs of their past and revealing how these personal versions of our city have shaped and changed them. 


These books offer detailed histories and critiques of America’s police system as well as passionate, thoughtful ways we can all work and advocate for change.

CLP 125 – Life in 1895

It’s amazing to think of how many changes have occurred in the last 125 years. It’s also fascinating to reflect on where we came from and what was happening back in 1895. Dig deeper into our history by checking out these titles.

Sustainable Living and Ways to Go Green

The definition of sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to thrive. But what can we as individuals do to help improve the environment so that future generations have a safe and healthy planet? Check out these books and other resources for suggestions on sustainable living and ways to go green.