Items tagged "history"

Pittsburgh Libraries B.C. (Before Carnegie)

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 […]

Does My Vote Count?: A ‘Hear Me Out’ Dialogue

Do you know your fellow library patrons? Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow patrons across Pennsylvania? The Free Library is excited to introduce Hear Me Out: a digital, facilitated dialogue series that connects Pennsylvanians to each other through brave and authentic conversations.  In partnership with libraries across the state and the Pittsburgh […]

Introduction to Data Detox

In May, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host The Glass Room, an interactive exhibit examining the ramifications of always-on, always-connected technology on personal privacy. As a lead up to this process, the Library is offering an abridged version of Data Detox, an 8-week series devoted to regaining control over your digital footprint. This is the […]

History Puzzles

NLS acquires audio and braille titles in many foreign languages from various domestic and foreign producers, as well as from cooperating agencies serving people who cannot read standard print around the world. Using the Voyager Search interface, the NLS collections may be searched to find talking books in other languages, including French, German, and Russian. […]

People’s History

The saying goes that “history is written by the winners.” Indeed, most history books are still written by the winners. Howard Zinn, the son of immigrant workers in New York, realized this. Growing up in a working class family, Zinn saw the world from that perspective and, after a stint in the Army Air Force […]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Quick Review of Irish-American History

Why are we all wearing green today? How is it that one particular ethnic group came to figure so fully—politically, culturally—in the American story, to the point that as a society we endorse the notion that “today, everyone is Irish”? It is an odd historical circumstance: papists finding not only freedom, but generating incredible prosperity […]