Why listen to an audio book with your preschooler when you could just as easily read to them? It’s a good question. Listening to audio books together can be fun and engaging. While not a replacement for reading aloud together, audio books can help children to expand their imaginations while practicing important early literacy skills. […]
It was probably about 10 years ago when I was browsing the shelf looking for something interesting to read when the book title Meet You in Hell grabbed my attention. I have always been interested in history, especially local history, so after reading the description I knew this was a book I wanted to read. The […]
At the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, we are tremendously fortunate to have an army of volunteers who help us with many important library functions. Without our terrific volunteers, I don’t know how we’d accomplish many of the amazing things that we do. Our volunteers range in age from teenager […]
As a Reader Adviser for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped I get to participate in a number of great programs. One of my favorites, and one that I get to take part in, is a bi-monthly Talking Book Club. Talking Book Club meets the third Saturday every other month at the Downtown […]
Death is a subject that I think we should all think about more. The most certain thing in life is that it will eventually end. Why then do so many of us not think about or prepare for the inevitable. But where should we start when we contemplate the end of our life. As a […]
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) has recorded dozens of audiobooks in its on-site recording studio, and has made a special effort to include books for children as well as adults in this program. One of the most productive partnerships LBPH has developed is with the accomplished students from Pittsburgh’s Barack Obama […]
You know what they say about books. The first rule you learn, before you even learn to read. Don’t judge them by their cover! I’ll freely admit I have been flagrantly guilty of this in the past. That’s how I found one of my favorites and a true gem, The History of Love by Nicole […]
There are a number of things parents and caregivers can do to support the development of their child’s early literacy skills. Among them are five simple practices: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing.
If you are on your way to becoming an American citizen, Library for the Blind and Physically handicapped offers Barron’s U.S. Citizenship Test (DB78027). This audio book presents the procedures and regulations for applying for American citizenship; summaries of U.S. history, geography, and government; and exercises for reading and writing English. It contains the 2013 […]
I stumbled on Zac Bissonnette’s book The Great Beanie Baby Bubble shortly after it was published and I was blown away by it for a few reasons. From the first few Beanie fanatics who actually made a great deal of money from selling “rare” beanies (like Humphrey the Camel, Patty the Platypus, and Old Face Teddy), to the development of publications devoted to the hobby and practice, to an interview with the now incarcerated so-called Beanie Baby Murderer, Bissonnette does an amazing job.