Items tagged "nonfiction"

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 […]

Stoicism

Stoicism is a misunderstood philosophy. Small “s” stoic is the idea that you never show emotion and never react to things. Just sit there stone-faced as the world spins around you. That is not large “S” Stoicism. Stoicism is the idea that you do not control anything in the world beyond your reaction to something. […]

Get Book Recommendations at Home!

We all been home for a while now and possibly gone through our stacks of library books we grabbed before library doors closed, the books we bought that have been sitting on our shelves for years, the books we have borrowed from friends and neighbors for that quarantine no-contact connection, and even got the book for that new virtual book club you just joined. So now what? Librarians are here to help! One […]

2020 Black History Month Book List for Teens

The 2020 National theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Vote” marking the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment which granted the right to vote to Black men after the Civil War. Through stories that illustrate the important history of voting rights and civil rights teens in grades 9-12 can learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965 in an interesting and exciting way.

The Death Blog

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 […]