What does “free to the people” mean to you? On November 5, 1895, Andrew Carnegie dedicated the Carnegie Institute and Main Branch of the Library to the people of Pittsburgh. Since that time, whatever the divide, the Library has been a bridge, helping people learn, grow, connect with others and transform their lives. This year, […]
Check out some of the local children’s authors who’ve graced Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s shelves over the years.
As Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh turns 125 years old, I turned to a report of circulation statistics for eBooks. Here are titles that have circulated exactly 125 times (as of this writing), along with a related title for you to explore!
Pittsburgh’s first libraries predated Andrew Carnegie’s arrival in the United States by almost fifty years. These early libraries differed in fundamental ways from what most of us in the 21st century think a library should be: Not Free to Anyone To modern eyes, the phrase “Free To The People” inscribed over the entrance of many a Carnegie Library means we can use the resources within without needing to purchase them. To Pittsburghers […]
It’s important to talk to the kids in your life about why we need a complete count for the 2020 Census. For many children, this is the first Census they will take part in of their lifetime. These numbers will shape their life for the next 10 years, from meals to transportation to financial aid […]
Ever wondered how the first Census began? What has changed over time? Why they ask certain questions? Let’s dive in to some of these questions using Library resources and research. The first Census Day took place on August 2, 1790. Rather than the door-knocking (or texting) enumerators we know today, the original census takers rode […]
This is a brief introduction to the wonderful world of manga designed for educators, parents, librarians and manga enthusiasts.
One of my favorite non-CLP resources for doing historical research about the city is Historic Pittsburgh. Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, this website hosts digitized content from more than a dozen libraries and archives around the city, so it’s a great one-stop-shopping experience for genealogy, house histories, archival research, and – my personal, preferred […]