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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
In the News 2008

Oakland library to limit hours Fridays, Saturdays
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is reducing operating hours at its main library in Oakland by two hours a week."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Piranesi's images inspire works from Poe to video games
"Additionally, one volume of architectural etchings from the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is on display, showing the original format of many of Piranesi's works, which were bound in large folios."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, December 28, 2008

Carrick resident preserving his neighborhood’s history
Joseph Speicher, a life-time resident of Carrick and local historian, has compiled and preserved a collection of photographs and memorabilia about the Carrick neighborhood. He has donated the compilation to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick.
South Pittsburgh Reporter
December 9, 2008

Oasis in the Hill: A new library brings life to the neighborhood
The $3.15 million facility, which opened in October, is now easily the most striking structure in a community dominated by dilapidated storefronts and tired buildings.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, December 06, 2008

Reference arsenal adds new weapon
"Ask Here PA is an online reference site sponsored by the state's libraries, which features a live chat-room style service where users can interact directly with librarians. At a press conference yesterday in the Carnegie Library, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak asked the 125,000th question on the site."
The Pitt News
December 2, 2008

Ask Here PA called top online reference in nation
"At a news conference yesterday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, state Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak announced that Ask Here PA is the fastest growing program of its kind in the nation, receiving between 300 and 500 queries per day."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 2, 2008

Ed secretary praises state reference service
"Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said the online reference service hosted by Commonwealth Libraries has become the fastest growing service of its kind in the nation after only two years in operation."
Daily American
December 2, 2008

State's online library reference service may be No. 1
"Services such as "Ask Here PA" have caused computer use at the Carnegie Library to skyrocket, said Barbara K. Mistick, president and director of the Carnegie Library. She said 80 percent of its terminals are occupied."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 1, 2008

Councilman toiled for Swissvale, veterans
When Swissvale wanted to erect a memorial to war veterans, William M. Davies spent hours at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, identifying troops from Swissvale.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Real life found in youngsters' digitized universe
"Robbi Ann Webb, an 11-year-old student at Pittsburgh Weil Elementary School in the Hill District, also makes a beeline for a computer after school -- but not at her house. Her family doesn't own a computer. Instead, she heads over to the Carnegie Library branch on Centre Avenue. Its computers allow her to log onto her much-prized MySpace account."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Fresh Look: Borrowing some enjoyment at Carnegie Library
Alan W. Petrucelli shares his love of an "old friend": the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main. "She turns 113 next month, a fresh and fun and functional and feisty old broad whose interests are, well, rather broad."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, November 10, 2008

FanFare: One for the Books
"Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and native son August Wilson once mused, "If you can read, you can do anything." On Friday, a red-letter day for the Hill District where Wilson staged all his plays, 170 bookworms gathered at the corner of Centre & Kirkpatrick for We're All Jazzed Up, the grand opening of the splendid new branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 27, 2008

Libraries are 'microcosms of community'
"A library card. 'It's the most precious card in my wallet,' said Sylvia Griffin as she took in the grand opening ceremonies yesterday at the new Carnegie Library yesterday on Centre Avenue near Kirkpatrick Street in the Hill District."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 26, 2008

History shapes new Hill library It's hoped new site will spur development
"From hand to hand a copy of August Wilson's last play made its way along Centre Avenue, from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's old location in the Hill District to its new one two blocks away."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, October 26, 2008

The library -- any library -- is your friend for life
"My library card became my passport to the prairie of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the parlor of Louisa May Alcott, the England of Charles Dickens, the Russia of Fyodor Dostoyevsky."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 24, 2008

Computer workshop in Oakland aims to protect kids Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 18, 2008

Carnegie Library preserves the history of the local steel industry ...
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has embarked on a unique project to digitally preserve the fragile history of the local steel and iron industry."
Pop City
September 10, 2008

Carnegie Library launches homelessness resource Web page
"The Carnegie Library has launched a housing and homelessness resource page on its Web site, timed to coincide with a "sleep-in" that advocates are holding in October to raise awareness and funds for those deprived of basic needs."
Pittsburgh City Paper
September 4, 2008

Carnegie to put history of steel industry online
Grant will allow library to digitize its historic archives
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New library will be a beacon in Hill District
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh gave the public a sneak preview of its new Hill District library yesterday, the first to be built new since 1980 in Sheraden. It is under construction at Centre Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street and scheduled to open Oct. 25."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 28, 2008

Carnegie Library Branch To Open In Hill District
"Community leaders are thrilled the Carnegie Library chose to build its first branch in almost 30 years in the heart of the Hill District."
August 27, 2008

New Library Coming To The Hill District, $3.15 Million Facility To Open In October
"Continued investment is one of the things that we're trying to encourage," said Evan Frazier of the Hill House Association. "This new library is so significant, particularly the location that it's in. It's right in the heart of the community."
August 27, 2008

Young traveler's journal solves art show's Pittsburgh mystery
"In 1790, Lewis Brantz painted the earliest known image of Pittsburgh, then a cluster of log houses and stores outlying the fort at the forks of the Ohio. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh now owns it."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 10, 2008

Library for Blind to Attend Expo
"Anyone who needs larger print to read or has trouble holding a book or turning pages might find that large print books or books on tape may be the answer. Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) can help."
Leader Times
August 16, 2008

Case closed: Judge's portrait finally found
"Thomas Irwin's body still rests in Section 4, Lot 18 of Allegheny Cemetery. An image of his likeness can be found on Floor 3, Stack 2 at the Carnegie Library's main branch in Oakland."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 15, 2008

Line from T.S. Eliot poem intrigues literature buffs
"Graffiti writer paints poetic on Carnegie Library"
"The stilted letters have a childish quality about them, but the words they compose -- "I wish I were a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas" -- are anything but juvenile. The quotation, which appeared on the Carnegie Library in Oakland earlier this week, is attributed to one J. Alfred Prufrock. Unfortunately for city police, the gentleman is fictional."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Literary Vandalism: Possibly well-read vandals caught on video
"Two graffiti vandals misquoted T.S. Eliot when they spray-painted lines from one of his poems on an exterior wall of the Carnegie Library in Oakland."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Conference aims to help genealogists uncover Eastern European branches of family trees
"If you are a descendant of the millions of immigrants who came to America from Central or Eastern Europe, tracing your family tree can be a challenge because borders changed often in those regions during the 20th century; even today, each country handles records differently."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 23, 2008

Touring wizards to give magical concert
"Karen Brooks-Reese, from the teen department at Carnegie Library, recalls the first wizard-rock performance she ever set up with Carnegie libraries"
Pitt News
July 23, 2008

$99.6 million sought by regional assets
"Requests include: $600,000 for lighting at the main stacks at Carnegie Library in Oakland, which lost natural outdoor light after the dinosaur hall renovation at Carnegie Museum of Natural History; $1.5 million for air conditioning at various library branches; and $950,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance systemwide."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 19, 2008

Heat Forces Four Pittsburgh Libraries To Close Saturday. Buildings Lack Air Conditioning
"Four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations will close Saturday due to the high heat and humidity level."
July 18, 2008

Short List
"The collection of zines at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch is like the waiting room of some anarchic dentist's office."
Pittsburgh City Paper
July 17, 2008

Shhhh -- I am listening to the library!
"There's an "e" in front of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh these day. The eCLP section of its Web site holds a wealth of streaming audio, video and music."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 16, 2008

Action News Extra: Local Libraries Offer Freebies
Music, Movies, Video Games All Offered
"... there's a quiet place of refuge where one simple card holds the key to a ton of free stuff."
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library receives federal grant
"(Karlyn) Voss said that the local system is getting one of 31 grants issued this year. It's the only public library in Pennsylvania to receive the money. The grants are administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 9, 2008

Who needs a librarian?
"Who needs a librarian?" you might ask me. "You do," I must reply.
Pittsburgh City Paper
June 11, 2008

Audio books reach swelling number of handicapped
Advocates for Pennsylvania's libraries for the blind and physically impaired were in Harrisburg last week asking lawmakers to put another $1.4 million into the library program.
Pocono Record
June 8, 2008

Reading Extravaganza offers more than books
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Summer Reading Extravaganza on Sunday promotes the joy of books, reading and literacy, but there is plenty more to enjoy, organizers say."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, June 5, 2008

North Side library begins new chapter
“Some tweaking of the final design of a new Carnegie Library in the North Side has apparently pleased residents and community activists.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, May 08, 2008

Book Reviews: Tales show choices and their consequences
Check out these books for teens recommended by Tina Zubak, children and teen librarian of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Beechview.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 6, 2008

Alcoa Foundation Announces Three Strategic Partnerships: "Partners for Pittsburgh's Future"
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will use a $400,000 grant to improve children's areas in several facilities as part of its Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign...
April 28, 2008

Hot reads:
City libraries guard books worth millions
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library regularly pull books -- some worth millions -- out of circulation and place them in a special collection room to shelter them from thieves and vandalism.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 5, 2008

Health fair in New Kensington spotlights services
"Sitting in the ballroom of the Clarion Hotel, Mary Slahatovsky thought of the books she would be experiencing soon and felt a sense of excitement. Slahatovsky, a Lower Burrell resident, was filling out an application to join the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped operated by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Valley News Dispatch
March 28, 2008

Available at Pittsburgh Libraries
…."What excites me as a librarian is that it takes the art of storytelling beyond the oral and print and into technology. So, it's really wonderful to see a story transcend those three media."
Carnegie Mellon University
March 2008

Why Fairy Tales Matter
“But, will the gruff world represented in many fairy tales be too scary for your little one? ‘A parent is usually the best judge of her or his child's ability to handle the stories,’ says Patte Kelley, Head of the Children’s Department at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh.”
March 4

Wizard rockers reach out to 'Potter' fans
“Traditionally, libraries and rock 'n' roll go together about as well as fireworks displays at the dentist's office. But if it's wizard rock, that's a different story.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 4, 2008

Obituary: Anthony "Tony" A. Martin / Former director of Carnegie Library system
“Known outside the doors of Carnegie headquarters in Oakland for his innovations in computerizing the catalogs of the library's holdings -- a sometimes controversial conversion in its first days -- he was known behind them for his kind way with people.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 4, 2008

'Sweethearts' delves into teens' heartbreaking world
Book Review by Jennifer Paluda, library assistant, CLP – Sheraden. “Some people believe that everyone has a soul mate, a perfect complement that transforms our lives.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 4, 2008

Precious jewels
Local libraries need more state support
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 21, 2008

At the Carnegie Library, a computer program helps children write stories.
Pittsburgh City Paper
January 31, 2008

Write it yourself
"...the library has partnered with a team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center to create a new kind of game that helps children become storytellers, called 'My StoryMaker.'"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sunday Forum: The importance of libraries
U.S. Steel Chairman JOHN SURMA and United Steelworkers President LEO GERARD call for continued support of Carnegie's libraries
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, January 13, 2008