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Right in the middle of it all is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Reading Room; its brightly colored banners beckoning the curious visitor. In the Square every Tuesday (May 15 - October 9) from 11 am - 2 pm, the Reading Room offers visitors an outdoor literary oasis in the middle of Downtown's busy metropolis.

"It is very exciting to bring library services outside of the Library walls," says Karen Rossi, Manager of CLP - Downtown & Business. "This year we are able to expand our Tuesday offerings to include diverse programs that showcase a number of the free and unique resources available at the Library."

Now in its third year, the Library's Reading Room has evolved from a weekly kiosk where book lovers could purchase paperbacks and hardcovers for as little as $1, to a destination spot where visitors are encouraged to release their inner bookworm. The book sale, coordinated by the Friends of CLP - Downtown & Business, is still a popular attraction, but it's the special programming that introduces a new wave of people to the Library. Programs this summer included the introduction of foreign language databases (Teach Your Kids to Say "Are We There Yet?" in 36 Languages) to genealogy (Who's Your (Grand) Daddy?). Rossi credits How Do You Work This Thing?, a gadget lab that demonstrates how to access thousands of free Library eBooks, as a visitor favorite.

"There have been a lot of repeat customers this summer who are eager to see what's new at the Reading Room," says Rossi. "It's a great way to reach people who didn't know that Downtown Pittsburgh's neighborhood library is just blocks away. We are constantly registering people for library cards, and this year, adult summer reading at CLP -Downtown & Business is up 114%!"

>> Book it to Market Square while the weather is still nice! Visit for the Library's fall Reading Room program calendar.

It's lunchtime,
and Downtown's Market Square
is bustling with activity.

People are in a hurry - trying to maximize their time away from the office - enjoying a quick bite to eat, running errands, window shopping and soaking in the sun.

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