Banned Books Week

Each year the Office of Intellectual Freedom, part of the American Library Association, provides information and publicizes events for Banned Books Week. An annual celebration of the freedom to read, each year’s observance features a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year.

Graphic Sports Novels

In this selection of fiction and nonfiction graphic sports novels, teens will be able to feel the excitement of the games and catch a glimpse of the personal lives of the athletes.

Here to Help: Books About Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan is complex and there have been many years of conflict leading up to this terrible time. Understanding—even a little bit—what the Afghan people have gone through may help us to figure out how to help. And that could be especially useful as Afghan families and individuals may be coming to Pittsburgh to find new lives and homes. These titles are intended to provide background knowledge and information.

Welcome to Pittsburgh: Eid Al-Adha!

Here is a list of books for children, teens and adults that celebrate Muslim-American experiences, immigrant experiences and the diversity within Islam—including one that takes place in Pittsburgh! 

Youth Activism

This selection of nonfiction books for teens reveals the stories of dauntless activists past and present to educate and inspire the youth of today. 


Change can be scary. And confusing. And hard. Change can also be exciting and wonderful. Check out these and other changes in these featured books. Or change things up and find a different story about transformation, growth and possibility.