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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
In the News 2011

Libraries serving blind and handicapped readers receive congressional accolades
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was featured in the summer 2011 issue of Pennsylvania Caregiver Magazine, a free quarterly publication distributed to subscriber in the western part of the state."
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
2011

Shelf Life: Picking Standard-Bearers
"It's all part of the evolution of America's presidential nominating process. Learn more about the history and workings of that (presidential nominating) process from the following titles selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 25, 2011

Magnificent Colorado spruces sparkle at Carnegie Trees exhibit's 50th anniversary
"The Carnegie Library's extensive cookbook collection is celebrated in the 'Classic Holiday Treat'" tree, festooned with gingerbread cookies, candy and fruit made mostly of papier-mâché and foam insulation, a project overseen by Nancy Lewis, manager of the creative services department at the library."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 20, 2011

Pennsylvania archives in Oakland second to none
"When Pittsburgh filmmaker Rick Sebak sets out to make a documentary, the first place he visits is the Pennsylvania Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 18, 2011

New Library Director Optimistic about Future, Finances
"The incoming leader of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is eager to direct the system out of choppy financial waters and to begin expanding services online and at branch locations."
Essential Public Radio (WESA)
December 14, 2011

Carnegie Library deputy moved to top shelf
"First things first: Mary Frances Cooper, the newly appointed head of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, has an iPad. But she doesn't read e-books on it, because "in my job, all I have to do is walk out of my office and there are all these books I can bring home from the library every night."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 14, 2011

Woman of degrees is new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh president
"Mary Frances Cooper originally went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to become a journalist because she believed in the people's right to know, but she became a librarian instead."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 14, 2011

Carnegie Library names Cooper as new leader
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh board has announced the hiring of Mary Frances Cooper as president and director to lead the 19-branch system during financially troubled times."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 13, 2011

Deputy director takes over Carnegie Library operations
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a new president and director. The board of trustees last night unanimously appointed Mary Frances Cooper, the library's deputy director, to the top position."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 13, 2011

Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art host holiday tree preview party
"For 50 years, the Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art has held a holiday tradition that has no equal."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 13, 2011

Book Reviews: Three tales take teen readers to hard, cruel worlds
Read Tessa Barber's (CLP - East Liberty) latest book review.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 6, 2011

Cash-strapped RAD recipients get a little gravy
"The financially troubled Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Tuesday received its second gift of the month with an unexpected increase in grant money from the Allegheny Regional Asset District."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 30, 2011

Asset board allocates more money: Healthy tax intake means a little more for libraries, zoo and gardens, among others
"With sales tax revenues doing better than expected, the Allegheny Regional Asset District is getting into the holiday spirit a little early, to the benefit of local arts and cultural organizations."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 30, 2011

Gifts of Reading
"During this Christmas season, learn more about charity, philanthropy, some of history's greatest givers -- including one of Pittsburgh's own -- and how you can help others year-round from the following titles selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 27, 2011

'Palace of Culture': An elegant history of the Carnegie museums and library that 'greatly enhances our appreciation'
"This handsome, meticulously researched and beautifully written book comprises the histories of many separate but linked institutions: Carnegie Library, the Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Music Hall, Buhl Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum. Robert Gangewere, for more than 30 years the editor of Carnegie Magazine, 'was dealing with more than 500 years' of institutional and communal memories.'"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 27, 2011

Trendy and valued? Try the library
"And here's something that comes as a surprise in our supposedly tax-loathing culture: Voters are willing to pay for libraries. On Nov. 8, voters in Pittsburgh, a city that has been ranked America's "most livable," approved 2 to 1 a referendum to raise the real estate tax rate. The beneficiary was the public library."
TriCities.com
November 26, 2011

Thumbs up, thumbs down
"THUMBS UP to voters in Pittsburgh for approving a small direct tax to support the cash-strapped Carnegie Library in a climate of budget cuts. The .25-mill tax will generate about $3.25 million a year, helping the venerable main library, created by the great industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and its 19 branches. City voters recognize the value that a strong library system has for any community whose members seek literature, news, information, research assistance, entertainment and job search opportunities, just a few of the myriad services that routinely libraries provide."
Pocono Record
November 12, 2011

Tax Will Help Carnegie Library Continue Services to Patrons
"Brookline voters were among those who said "yes" Tuesday to a tax supporting the library system."
Dormont - Brookline Patch
November 11, 2011

Libraries were overdue for city's help
"Some 72 percent of city voters said "yes" to devoting a thin slice of property taxes to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and I don't think many thought too long about it. The vote was more like that final scene in "It's a Wonderful Life," where the townspeople just show up at George Bailey's house to drop donations on the table."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 10, 2011

Election Brings Good News for PA Libraries East and West
"This past election day saw voters overwhelmingly approve dedicated local taxes for libraries in two counties-Allegheny and Lehigh. In Allegheny County, voters in the City of Pittsburgh approved a dedicated tax for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by a margin of 72-28%. It is estimated that the 0.25 mills tax will generate about $3.2 million for the library services annually."
PaLA
November 10, 2011

New Libraries Win Support in Montana and Massachusetts; Ames Wins Key Referendum Vote
"The results from Tuesday's elections around the country showed some promising results for libraries. Here are a few highlights. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh gets a boost The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will receive about another $3.25 million a year after passage of a 0.25 mill special tax on all taxable real estate in the city. The tax revenue, equivalent to $25 per year or $2.09 per month on $100,000 of assessed property, will be used only for the operation and maintenance of the 19-branch library system."
Library Journal
November 9, 2011

Voters OK Levy For Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh
"Voters approved an extra property tax levy expected to raise $3.25 million a year for the cash-strapped Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
WPXI-TV
November 9, 2011

Pittsburgh OKs Library Tax in Referendum
"A bit of nice news from the Steel City, where voters today approved a ballot initiative for an additional property tax of .25 mils...the equivalent of 25¢ per $1000 of assessed value...to support the city's library system."
Daily Kos (Blog)
November 8, 2011

Library funding OK'd by big margin
"Put a win in the books -- for the books. By a margin of more than two to one, Pittsburgh voters today approved a binding referendum to add 0.25 mills to the tax on all real estate in the city, and steer the proceeds to the fiscally challenged Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 9, 2011

Extra funds for Pittsburgh library get resounding approval
"City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a 0.25-mill property tax increase to help fund the cash-strapped Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and its 19 branches."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 9, 2011

Library Tax Referendum Passes
"From the moment the first precinct was counted Tuesday night it was clear the ballot question asking Pittsburgh residents if they wanted to increase their property taxes to support the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was going to pass."
Essential Public Radio (WESA)
November 9, 2011

Voters OK levy for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"Voters approved an extra property tax levy expected to raise $3.25 million a year for the cash-strapped Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Associated Press
November 9, 2011

Voters Choose To Create Tax To Help Sustain Carnegie Library
"Voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax increase to benefit the Carnegie Library System in Tuesday's election."
KDKA- TV
November 9, 2011

'Judy Moody' author, Pittsburgher Megan McDonald, to share her tales
"Ms. McDonald will discuss her characters and work at 2 p.m. Sunday in Carnegie Library Lecture Hall and sign books afterward. She will answer questions from a panel of young readers who will be on stage."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 9, 2011

Book reviews: Two new tales focus on growing up
Read Tina Zuback's (CLP - Main) latest book review.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 8, 2011

Vote to fund Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Tuesday
"Voters in Pittsburgh will decide on whether to fund the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Tuesday with a Referendum that would increase their property taxes by $25 for every $100,000 in assessed value."
Public Libraries
November 6, 2011

Small library tax, big returns. We can't fix everything, but we can fix this
"Much as I lamented the disappearance of the last bookstores in my neighborhood, the closed doors turned into one of those open-window kind of things. They propelled me back to the Carnegie library."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 6, 2011

Our Region's Business
"The Pittsburgh voters will consider a referendum to increase property taxes to provide a dedicated funding stream for the library system." "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh tax referendum: Vote no"
WPXI - TV
November 6, 2011

Letters to the editor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 06, 2011

Letters to the editor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 05, 2011

Library helps keep kids off the streets
"When we consider the many reasons for having a strong library system in Pittsburgh, public safety isn't usually among the first to come to mind. But as a Pittsburgh police officer who was recently injured in the line of duty, I cannot emphasize the importance enough."
New Pittsburgh Courier
November 4, 2011

Vote to sustain funding for Carnegie Library
"For so many people in this city, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh does much more than provide books and DVDs. To many of our neighbors, the Library is a place of learning, hope and new beginnings." Our library, our future
New Pittsburgh Courier
November 4, 2011

For the price of a book, we can ensure access to the world
"The public library was my favorite place to be as a kid during sweltering southern Missouri summers. The world outside was hot and blazing with sun, but the library was cool and dark. There I found books I love to this day: the story of Babar, the elephant who wore suits and drove a car; tales of Madeline, the mischievous little girl busy at her French school; and volumes containing the fanciful rhymes and mind-broadening drawings of Dr. Seuss."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 4, 2011

Strauss: Vote 'yes' in Nov. 8 library referendum
"Not voting to fund the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is about as heartless as ripping out the last chapter in every Nancy Drew novel on the shelves, so I have confidence that Nov. 8 will end in a celebration at the library's Oakland hub."
Pitt News
November 3, 2011

Woods Run Library fundraiser in Brightwood
"The Friends of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host the first annual Taste of Brighton, which will feature beer tasting with Penn Brewery to fundraise for Brightwood's Woods Run Library."
The Northside Chronicle
November 3, 2011

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Helps Patrons with Job Seeking
"Libraries provide a refuge for job seekers, because they offer both the tools and helpful professionals to make a successful job search possible. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one example. The library has made available - for free - a series of career-building workshops at seven different branches."
American Library Association
November 3, 2011

Pitt, Brits to debate library tax on ballot
"The William Pitt Debating Union will square off Monday against the British National Debating Team on a proposed special tax to support Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 3, 2011

Our libraries deserve your 'yes'
"I have been known to lose track of a lot of important documents. Receipts. Groupons. My 2009 tax return. But I always keep one small orange card in a very safe place. It was my ticket to the world, and I worked hard to get it. I had to learn to write."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 3, 2011

Letters to the Editor
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's mission is vital to our neighborhoods, providing access to books, the Internet, an expert professional staff and numerous resources. Inadequate funding has resulted in significant cutbacks in library hours and services in recent years."
The Jewsih Chronicle
November 3, 2011

Local architects win awards for exterior, interior design work
"Honor Awards went to EDGE Studio for the Carnegie Library's East Liberty branch, which added two new entrances and eliminated an old entrance on a pedestrian alley."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 2, 2011

Before the Vote, Pitt Holds Library Debate
"University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Debating Union will host a debate on library funding with members of the British National Debating Team—a day before Pittsburgh residents get the chance to vote on a library funding referendum."
Dormont-Brookline Patch
November 2, 2011

Library is more than books
South Pittsburgh Reporter
November 1, 2011

Libraries are our anchors
South Pittsburgh Reporter
November 1, 2011

Referendum must pass so Carnegie Library remains
"That quiet place you go to read, to study, to think: the library. And for anyone who has had to pull an all-nighter, the library represents a proverbial undergraduate battleground strewn with sleeping students and empty coffee cups. However, the library a couple blocks down the street has become a different sort of battleground."
The Tartan (CMU)
October 31, 2011

Pittsburgh architects honored for works here, worldwide
"One top winner was the new Carnegie Library Branch in East Liberty, an irregularly-faceted, black-metal reshaping and expansion of a branch building from the 1960s. Nothing remains to be seen of the older library building, and the architects gave this redesign a distinctive vitality that's apparent no matter what angle you approach it from, adorning it all the while with a couple of very obvious Carnegie Library logos. There's no mistaking what this building is, or that it has a special purpose and presence in this neighborhood, and that's all to the good."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 31, 2011

Shelf Life: Fool Me Once ...
"Make yourself less likely to be fooled by learning about past frauds and hoaxes from the following titles selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 31, 2011

Pittsburgh voters to decide library levy
"City voters next week will be asked whether they want to dip into their pockets to support the library system that steel baron Andrew Carnegie founded in 1895."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 31, 2011

Volunteers urge 'yes' vote on tax hike for libraries
"Mary Alice Gorman owns a bookstore in Oakmont but has been promoting a Nov. 8 referendum to raise money for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 31, 2011

KDKA-TV: Patrick Dowd and Mary Alice Gorman Interview with Jon Delano
October 30, 2011
(Video and rough transcript embedded in link.)

Library Referendum Supports Pittsburgh Communities and JOBS
"Next week's election will include a referendum asking Pittsburgh voters to approve a quarter-mill property tax increase to fund operations at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Yahoo! News (Opinion)
October 29, 2011

What's new at the Carnegie Library?
"Check out these new business books at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Downtown & Business."
Pittsburgh Business Times
October 28, 2011

Voters: 'R' Is for Referendum to Support Carnegie Libraries
"The future of the Carnegie Library system, including the Brookline branch, will be determined by the support of voters in the Nov. 8 general election."
Dormont-Brookline Patch
October 25, 2011

Carnegie Library - A Pittsburgh Childhood Memory
"As a child growing up in Pittsburgh, we all seem to remember that family trip or school trip to the Carnegie Library. 1020 KDKA Host Rick Bergman decided he wanted to revisit the history behind Andrew Carnegie and the library."
KDKA Radio
October 23, 2011

Lynn Cullen Live - Talk Radio
(click on video or audio stream Monday, October 24)
Our Library, Our Future volunteer Mary Alice Gorman talks about the voter initiative and why it is important to vote "yes" on November 8.
October 24, 2011

Personal help and encouragement for job seekers coming at free Carnegie Library workshops
"'We just see people every day who could use some real focused, one-on-one help with their application packages,' says Rachel Masilamani about the many individuals seeking help with their job search at the downtown Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch, where she is reference librarian."
Pop City
October 19, 2011

City Voters To Face Ballot Question On Library Tax
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh may have the word "free" above its door, but rising costs have plagued the Library in recent years - even threatening to close some of its 18 city neighborhood branches."
KDKA-TV
October 18, 2011

Our city, our libraries: Vote Yes to sustain the Carnegie system
"To paraphrase 17th-century political philosopher Thomas Hobbes: "'An underfunded library system will leave a democracy poor, nasty, brutish and dull.'"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 17, 2011

Celebrity-studded 24-hour Read-Aloud event on tap for Carnegie Library
"Local celebrities and other community members will be showing their love for libraries today and Saturday in a 24-hour Read-Aloud on the front steps of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 14, 2011

Reading Marathon Promotes Tax To Benefit Library System
"Supporters and staff will read aloud from their favorite books for 24 consecutive hours on the main steps of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) in Oakland from noon Friday, October 14 till noon Saturday."
Essential Public Radio (WESA)
October 13, 2011

Read to the People: 1440 minutes @ 4400 Forbes
"Good Reads: You've heard of 24-hour dance marathons. but have you ever experienced a daylong read aloud? That's right, 24 non-stop hours of reading out loud. Did we mention it's all outdoors?"
Pop City
October 12, 2011

Book Review: Three picture books destined to become read-aloud favorites
Read Erin Scioli's latest book review
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 11, 2011

50-mile bike ride tops Carnegie Library challenge
"Bicyclists raised more than $21,000 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh pedaling nearly 50 miles while stopping at every branch in the city."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 10, 2011

The Next Page / The Library: a garden for growing minds
"On Nov. 8, Pittsburgh residents will vote on a tax to support the Carnegie Library. David E. Malehorn looks back, and forward, to the immense value of a library as a factory for self-improvement."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 9, 2011

How I Found August Wilson's Carnegie 'Diploma'
"If you search for 'August Wilson's high school diploma' on the Internet, you will find many retellings of this inspiring story, but you will not find any trace of August Wilson's high school diploma itself. Where is it? I wondered."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 9, 2011

$75,000 grant to pay for library ads
"Using a $75,000 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will try to persuade taxpayers to vote 'yes' for a library tax on Nov. 8."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 6, 2011

Up all night for literacy
"Starting at noon on Friday, Oct. 14, and running straight through to noon the following day, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its first 24-Hour Read Aloud on the front steps of the branch in Oakland."
Washington Observer-Reporter
September 21, 2011

Cheap and fun things to do with kids in Pittsburgh
"After all that running around, the kids may enjoy a break from physical activity. The Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh offer loads of free activities for kids of all ages."
POP City Media
October 5, 2011

Day of Giving surpasses $4 million
"Despite an ailing economy, the third annual Day of Giving in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties set a fundraising record. Hours before Tuesday's midnight deadline to make a contribution, more than $4.05 million was donated."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 5, 2011

New campaign slogans
"The Allegheny County Regional Asset District has increased its taxpayer subsidy to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by $362,000. Its new total from RAD will be $18.5 million. But the RAD board should have eliminated all taxpayer underwriting until the library opens every board meeting, not just one, to the public. It's the same reason city voters should, next month, reject a ballot measure to raise property taxes to help fund the system. "Up Yours!" sure is a funny fundraising campaign slogan."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 2, 2011

What's new at the Carnegie Library?
"Check out these new business books at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Business Times
September 30, 2011

'iBoy' takes readers on electrifying technological ride
Read Holly Anderton's (CLP - Main, Teen) latest review!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 27, 2011

Past All Traps by Local Poet & Librarian
"Local poet Don Wentworth composes poems that he refers to as 'brief, haiku-like pieces with a distinctly Eastern feel, yet firmly grounded in everyday life.'"
ACLA Blog

Proposed RAD budget shows slight increase
"Allegheny Regional Asset District board members unveiled a proposed 2012 budget of $82.1 million Tuesday, slightly increasing the money available to regional attractions and local arts and cultural groups."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 28, 2011

Libraries, parks winners in proposed RAD plan
"Libraries and parks would be the big funding winners next year in the proposed $82.1 million budget of the Allegheny Regional Asset District."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 28, 2011

Shelf Life: Parties, Then & Now
"It's yet another wrinkle in America's long history of partisan politics. Explore that history -- from the Federalists and Anti-Federalists who prefigured partisanship, to parties that came and went, to how we arrived at the two-party system -- through the following titles, selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 25, 2011

Youngsters read, tell tales on StoryBoxes
"Stories and poems by local children can be heard via interactive story boxes that have been installed at 18 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches and could appear at other Western Pennsylvania locations before long."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 25, 2011

Who Says You Can't Read That?
"No matter how well intended, banning books is censorship and infringes on the rights of a free society. So when books are banned from libraries, a practice that unfortunately continues today, librarians and civil libertarians speak up."
ACLU Blog

Carnegie libraries stock up on e-books to be downloaded for free
"Long-suffering Kindle users, take note: Free electronic books, better known as e-books, are finally at a library near you."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 21, 2011

Library seeks to raise $15K for cycling event
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is challenging its supporters to raise $15,000 by the end of the month so that board chairman Lou Testoni and other local bicyclists can "Cycle for CLP" on Oct. 1."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 20, 2011

Out Of The Gutter: Exploring Graphic Novels
"The first time I attended the Carnegie Library's monthly graphic novel discussion group, Out of the Gutter, I was just scratching the surface of Pittsburgh's comics community."
CBS Pittsburgh
September 19, 2011

Ride with Lou
"Lou Testoni, chair of the Carnegie Library board, is challenging Pittsburgh to raise $15,000 by the end of the month to support the Our Library, Our Future campaign."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 19, 2011

Carnegie Library's financial situation still looks grim
"An inscription outside the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main branch reads "Free to the People." But for the library staff, keeping the place running is far from free."
The Pitt News
September 19, 2011

Oh, the Carnegie irony
"Even that most sensitive justification often is challenged in a nation that craves transparency. Secrets involving the expenditure of public money have no place in our free society. As a result, right-to-know and "sunshine" laws have been enacted, forcing the people's business into the open. But there are loopholes that violate the spirit of our laws. And the board of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, like many nonprofits, is hiding behind technicalities to operate out of public view, even though about 90 percent of its $23.4 million budget comes from the taxpayers."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 18, 2011

Libraries adjust hours
"The hours at four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations are being changed in an effort to separate the best of times from the worst of times."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 13, 2011

Carnegie book loaded with city's rich history
Robert J. Gangewere's new book, Palace of Culture: Andrew Carnegie's Museums and Library in Pittsburgh, is "the century-plus story of a place that has done so much to change what makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. The men and women who made The Carnegie what it is -- and what it no longer is -- are all in there."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 11, 2011

TechMan: Google's stoppage of newspaper conversion a real blow
"What about libraries? Yes, Pittsburgh is lucky that the Carnegie Library system has an extensive collection of local newspaper archives on microfilm. But many small libraries don't have a copy of the local newspaper's archives, and in some cases there isn't a local newspaper left to get them from."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 11, 2011

Library board seeks openness
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's board of trustees has approved a new resolution designed to provide greater transparency about its operations and ramp up its community engagement practices."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 3, 2011

Carnegie Library board will open one meeting a year to public
"In response to criticism about a lack of openness, officials with the publicly funded Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said on Friday that it will allow the public into one board meeting a year and will hold regular community forums across the city."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 3, 2011

Top 7: Largest Pittsburgh-area public libraries
"Coming in at No. 1 on the list was Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, with 5,267,012 library holdings."
Pittsburgh Business Times
September 2, 2011

Let the Brand Madness begin
"On Sept. 9, the Pittsburgh Business Times will begin a competition that pits 64 of the region's best-known brands against each other in a multiround single elimination 'tournament' online. By the time it's over, in November, we'll know what is the Pittsburgh region's top brand. Each week, readers can go to the Pittsburgh Brand Madness blog, where they will find a series of stories listing each matchup. By clicking on the story headline, they will be able to vote in an online poll, choosing the brand they believe best represents Pittsburgh."
The Library is in Division 1 - Pittsburgh Destinations. Our first match up starts September 9: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh vs. Heinz History Center. Click here to see the full ballot.
Pittsburgh Business Times
September 2, 2011

Techman: Libraries lend more e-books as demand outstrips supply
"TechMan loves e-books. TechMan loves libraries. TechMan loves free. Put them all together and you get free e-books at your library. TechMan loves it."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 21, 2011

The Next Page / Climbing on the family tree: the joys of searching for your roots
"Tom McMillan vaguely wanted to know 'where I came from.' Then he began to dig around. What he found was 'riveting, fascinating, head-slapping and jaw-dropping.'"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 21, 2011

Lemonade campaign kicks off
"Our Library, Our Future's "Lemonade for Libraries" campaign began today in Squirrel Hill and will set up at three other library branches through Tuesday."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 18, 2011

Young readers book review: 'The Popularity Papers,' 'True (...Sort of)' and 'Me ... Jane'
Read Patte Kelley's latest book review!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 16, 2011

A Good Read - And More - In The Square
"We're going to keep turning the pages for the Carnegie Library's Tuesday Reading Room in Market Square."
Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership
August 2011

Bike Commuting Forum and lots of bike stuff at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) strives to get info and resources that people want! With such a vibrant bike community here in Pittsburgh, the Library offers good bike-related resources to the bike-riding people of our fair town."
August 15, 2011

Library tax checks out as a fair vote in the fall
"I love libraries. I grew up in a slice of suburbia without one, though our eastern neighbor had a sweet one. My family paid a fee so we could use it, but it wasn't always easy getting over there."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 14, 2011

Beyond books: Libraries offer bargains, too
"It's a digital age, and there's no denying that. The written word isn't just written anymore - it's digitized, e-mailed, text-messaged, projected. But that doesn't mean one of the last bastions of literacy - the public library - is obsolete."
Washington Post
August 12, 2011

Library tax issue to appear on Pittsburgh ballot
"A proposed tax to support the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot for city residents."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 11, 2011

Library Of The Future Rolls Into Pittsburgh
"The Library of the Future rolled into Market Square Friday morning."
KDKA-TV
August 5, 2011

What's new at the Carnegie Library?
"Check out these new business books at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Downtown & Business."
Pittsburgh Business Times
August 5, 2011

Libraries in three counties agree to share
"The new One Card Network, which is free to all library patrons, has already been implemented in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Beaver counties 'The network has been in use in Allegheny County for quite some time, and it's working great for our customers,' said Suzanne Thinnes, communication manager for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 'They now have increased access to materials, and it's very convenient.'"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 4, 2011

Tintin and the value of libraries
"But nearly every week our Mom took us to the neighborhood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where I could look through countless books, including Tintin and his ilk, before deciding what to bring home for the week. Among its many other treasures, the children's room of the Lawrenceville branch had a set of small Beatrice Potter books with the complete texts of the stories. As I remember it, each book was smaller than a CD. Our family could never have afforded to buy those books, but I loved to read through them at the library."
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel's Recommended Reading Blog
August 4, 2011

Summer in the Square daily event series fills Market Square
"Summer in the Square features different events each day of the week: on Monday, live acoustic music; Tuesdays, the downtown branch of the Carnegie Library brings books to the square; Mid-Week Music on Wednesdays; and on Thursdays, fresh produce and prepared foods draw overflowing crowds during the popular farmers market and accompanying Noon Concert Series."
Pop City
August 4, 2011

Digital Bookmobile to stop here
"Imagine a library that's open 24/7 and never charges late fees. Digital bookworms can learn about Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's e-book, audiobook and video download services during the Digital Bookmobile National Tour Friday and Saturday."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 3, 2011

A Pioneer Evolves
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh works both within and outside its building to engage the community."
American Libraries
August 1, 2011

Carnegie library branches shift from chopping block to drawing board
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh wants to spend more than $1 million to improve access for disabled patrons at six branches that, less than two years ago, it planned to close, merge or move."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 2, 2011

Shelf Life: Dog-Days Inspiration
"Manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch used that "instant inspiration" to compile the following list of titles dealing with Edison, patents and Friedman, which should last most readers at least through Labor Day weekend."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 31, 2010

Nurse continues caring through writing career
"'The nurse is so important for people to get good care in the hospital,' said Theresa Brown, who is speaking Thursday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland at part of its Writers LIVE @ CLP -- Main series. 'Somehow, I felt I could relate to that.'"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 27, 2011

Library tax referendum moves forward
"Activists want voters to decide how to fund the Carnegie Library system, and it looks like this November, city residents will get a say on whether to support the libraries or not."
Pittsburgh City Paper
July 27, 2011

Library Initiative Gets Enough Signatures, To Go On Ballot
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is in need of some serious financial support. Several local groups have been working to generate funding for quite some time; and today, supporters presented a petition to City Council."
KDKA-TV
July 26, 2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Blog): Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? By Tim McNulty
There is another important referendum poised for city ballots this November -- it's the one proposing to inch up millage a tad (to the tune of $25 yearly) to boost funding for the Carnegie Library system. Library supporters bring their petition signatures to council today. (We addressed the hot air over another ballot question on shale drilling here yesterday.)
July 26, 2011

KQV-Radio: Successful Petition Drive
Supporters of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh say they'll present city council with ten thousand petition signatures to guarantee their library funding question gets on the November ballot. KQV's Elaine Effort has the story.
July 22, 2011

Library tax supporters present Pittsburgh City Council with petition
"Supporters of a proposed library tax presented Pittsburgh City Council this morning with a petition containing more than 10,000 signatures, aimed at getting the proposal on the November ballot."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 26, 2011

Library supporters collect 10,000 names for tax referendum
"Supporters of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh today presented city council with more than 10,000 signatures from voters demanding a referendum on a library tax."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 26, 2011

Library backers round up 10,000 petition names
"Supporters of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh plan to present a petition to City Council on Tuesday that bears the signatures of about 10,000 people asking for a referendum to enact a library tax."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 22, 2011

Hear Me: Kids' voices ringing out
"Bonny Yeager's favorite story from the Hear Me project – so far – comes from a kid named Calvin, responding to a book about Jackie Robinson."
Pop City Media
July 20, 2011

Cultural groups shift focus to maintenance
"With sales tax revenue rising, libraries and arts groups could be getting money from the Allegheny Regional Asset District to do major repairs, pay for maintenance and buy equipment, the kinds of projects RAD hasn't financed for the past three years."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 20, 2011

UnSungNews
"In their latest podcast The Pittsburgh Foundation talks with CLP staff about the importance of the Library and the Our Library Our Future campaign. The Our Library, Our Future segment starts at 3:12 if you want to skip to the chase."
Pittsburgh Foundation
July 18, 2011

QuickFlix teen video contest: Have camera, will dazzle
"Fledgling filmmakers ages 12-18 can submit a 1- to 3-minute video on any subject, although this year's contest -- which Wittig coordinates -- offers the library's Summer Reading theme, "You are here," and the collection of local stories at Hear Me as inspiration."
Pop City
July 13, 2011

To be funding libraries ourselves, or not to be: that's the taxing question
"'Not only do people want to see it on the ballot, but they're looking forward to voting yes,' says City Councilman Patrick Dowd about a referendum he and others in the Our Library, Our Future petition drive are trying to make part of November's elections. It would make up for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's funding shortfall with a very small property tax increase ($25 for every $100,000 in assessed value)."
Pop City
July 13, 2011

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh board weighs open meetings
"An announcement on whether the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will allow the public into its board meetings will come before voters decide whether to approve a property tax to help the financially ailing system, officials said Thursday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 8, 2011

Library supporters celebrate the Cradle of Democracy for July 4th
"This Independence Day, supporters of Our Library, Our Future, a voter initiative for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, celebrated by remembering the democratic principles on which the library was founded."
South Pittsburgh Reporter
July 1, 2011

Book Review: These tales capture reader from the beginning
Read Jim Carney's (CLP - West End) latest book review.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 5, 2011

KQV: Library Ballot Referendum
Volunteers from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are trying to round up signatures this holiday weekend on a petition to place a question on the November ballot that would ask for another funding source for the historic system. The deputy director of the Carnegie Library system is Mary Frances Cooper, who was on the KQV LiveLine with Tim King.
July 2, 2011

Cut the fats to lose weight, nutrition researcher says
"Nutrition researcher Dr. Neal D. Barnard says the best way to kickstart weight loss is to skip meats and limit oils. He will host a seminar and book-signing Thursday at the Carnegie Library branch in Homewood."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 5, 2011

Libraries weigh pros, cons of mergers, pledged funding source
"As city libraries collect signatures to petition for a vote on a special library tax, suburban libraries are talking about consolidating and getting money from Allegheny County."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 26, 2011

Shelf life: Read like a Founder
"The Trib asked Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch to help answer the question 'What were the Founders reading?' for A Page of Books. What follows is based on their research and others'."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 26, 2011

Fans Go Wild for Rowling's Pottermore
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a special passion for Harry Potter, hosting a Nerd Wrock Concert series each summer featuring rock bands that write and sing about the characters from the book."
School Library Journal
June 23, 2011

South Side library due for big changes as it closes for renovations
"South Side residents will have another chance to help envision their library's future this weekend, just before the branch closes for long-awaited renovations."
POP City
June 22, 2011

Empower people by supporting our libraries (Letter to the editor)
“Thank you for the June 13 editorial "Petition of Support: City Voters Should Decide on Help for the Library." What is true is that, at this juncture, our libraries need us as much as we need them, and we need to make the right decision."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 17, 2011

The library offers so much more than books (letter to the editor)
"There are many reasons to support the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ("Friends of Carnegie Circulating Petitions for Library Boosting Tax," June 8). But who knew that the library was such an important community resource for those of us seeking re-employment? Sure, there are books and music and movies. And computers for email and research. But job training? And for free?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 15, 2011

Petition of support: City voters should decide on help for the library
“It's time to find out just how much Pittsburghers care about their libraries.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 12, 2011

Summer reading: Pull up a good book and relax during these lazy, hazy days
“Where, O where, are the big books of summer? As in last year's ‘Freedom’? Oh, wait -- that must-read by Jonathan Franzen was released in September 2010, and no similar blockbusters are appearing on the horizon yet.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 12, 2011

'Centuries of June' borrows word-of-mouth style from storytellers
“’I've always been intrigued by and had an interest in American history and American myth,’ says (Keith) Donohue, who will be a guest of Writers Live at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch on June 23. ‘I was kind of trying to use that as the springboard for this story and draw upon that rich tradition but, somehow, make it new.’"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 12, 2011

LEGO online geared to home-schooled
“The Homeschoolers Society, a new Pittsburgh-based service that offers home-schooled children ways to connect with each other, is sponsoring an online LEGO presentation (half of the proceeds donated to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 10, 2011

‘Moody’ author and North Hills native wanted right touch
“Before she was a best-selling author of children's books, ‘Judy Moody’ author Megan McDonald worked at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. Lisa Dennis, coordinator of children's collections at the Oakland library, worked with her and recalls they were often mistaken for one another because they both played music during story times.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 9, 2011

Get Your Hands On eBooks For Free
"Nooks, Kindles, iPads – book lovers everywhere have turned a page when it comes to the way they read.”
KDKA-TV
June 9, 2011

Veteran poet and indie publisher Don Wentworth releases his first book
“This honed, elemental poetry has not come quickly or easily for Wentworth, a reference librarian whose bushy white hair and beard have made him a distinctive fixture at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch.”
Pittsburgh City Paper
June 9, 2011

Tax hike would bring in $3 million a year for Carnegie Library system
“The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh launched a campaign yesterday to put a referendum on the November 2011 ballot for a special property tax that would be dedicated solely to the library.”
The Northside Chronicle
June 9, 2011

Carnegie Library supporters seeking support for tax dollars
“Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh supporters want taxpayers to help solidify the system's finances, so they're collecting voters' signatures to put a property tax question on the November ballot.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 9, 2011

Carnegie Library supporters seek names to support tax
“Supporters of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are reaching out to the community to garner support -- and signatures -- for a referendum that would help the library close its budget gap.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 9, 2011

Hot Picks:
Kids: Summer reading program

“The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday is kicking off its annual Summer Reading Program with a big party on the lawn of the central Oakland library.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 9, 2011

Group Working To Gather Support For Library Tax
“Raising taxes is not usually a popular idea, but the Carnegie Library is banking on Pittsburgh residents to approve a measure that would do just that.”
KDKA-TV
June 8, 2011

Library wants tax vote
“The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh wants to know if city residents are willing to raise their property taxes to help keep the system in the black.”
WDUQ
June 8, 2011

Ravenstahl v libraries continues
“The battle continues between the Ravenstahl administration and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh. The latest is over a new property tax proposal.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (blog)
June 8, 2011

Friends of Carnegie circulating petitions for library-boosting tax
“Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are collecting thousands of signatures to ask city voters on Nov. 8 to raise property taxes by 0.25 mills and help preserve libraries.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 8, 2011

Trying to ensure summer has a happy ending: "One World, Many Stories"
If the shoe fits -- read it. That's the message (sort of) behind the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's summer reading program this year, which has ‘One World, Many Stories’ as its theme.”
Pop City Media
June 8, 2011

Book Review: 'Beauty Queens' by Libba Bray
Read Joseph Wilk’s latest book review!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 7, 2011

Peabody students publish book about Pittsburgh's East End
"(J'mal Christmas, 17, of Highland Park) was one of six students who attended a book signing on Wednesday at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in East Liberty. It was the first time they held bound copies of their book, "Pittsburgh`s East End: Then, Now and Later."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 2, 2011

Heat, humidity cook up uncomfortable potion
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh closed its Lawrenceville, South Side, Mt. Washington and West End branches, which lack air conditioning. Library officials will decide each day whether to operate those branches if the outside temperature exceeds 90."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 1, 2011

Rainy Day Things for Kids to Do in Pittsburgh
"We asked the experts on kid entertainment (the mind-expanding, life-enriching kind) to tell us what's new to do at their own venues for spring - and where else they'd recommend if the rain just won't stop."
Kidsburgh
May 30, 2011

Shelf Life: Monumental, Memorial Reads
"Look to the following titles, selected especially for A Page of Books readers by Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch, to learn about monuments and memorials from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg to Washington, D.C., and beyond -- including many too often overlooked -- and the stories of American heroism that inspired them.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 29, 2011

The 20 Best-Read Cities in America
Amazon.com just compiled its sales (in both print and Kindle format) since January 1st for U.S cities with populations of more than 100,000 and ranked them according to their per-capita sales. Pittsburgh ranks 13th!
The Atlantic
May 27, 2011

Carnegie Library hosts Late Night @ the Library
"Bookworms and technosexuals joined together in a rare moment of unity on Friday at the South Side branch of the Carnegie Library, where more than 200 of us managed to co-exist peacefully during Late Night @ the Library, regardless of our preference for paper or plastic."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review May 23, 2011

Reading, Riding and Caring
"Okay, maybe the marathon is over. But you still might want to run over to Market Square this week to catch up on a good read or two when the Carnegie Reading Room returns to open a new chapter on one of last year's most successful programs."
Market Square Blog
May 16, 2011

CMU project records thousands of students as they talk about what matters to them
"The 2-year-old project is funded through the Grable, Pittsburgh, Benedum and Buhl foundations along with a fifth anonymous donor. The first year was dedicated to organization and fundraising, with recording starting in the second year. This summer, video recordings will be added. Other partners are the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, which is providing preschool-age children for the project, and Carnegie Library, which has recording areas set up at some branches."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 19, 2011

South Side Carnegie Library to close during renovation
"The South Side branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will close for renovations on June 30."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 18, 2011

Kids + Creativity + the Master Scaffolder
"Carnegie Library and ETC launched My StoryMaker, an imaginative program which allows kids to create their own fun characters and stories to advance early literacy, while the Sprout Fund introduced Spark, funding small-scale initiatives for kids up to 8 through the creative use of technology and media."
POP City
May 18, 2011

Hear here (editorial)
"The Ellis School's new partnership bolstering Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's free services is a prime example of private-sector involvement leveraging public resources for greater good than could be achieved otherwise."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 7, 2011

Pittsburgh Today Live
Listen to Tori Mistick talk to KDKA about Late Night at the Library at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side.
KDKA-TV
May 3, 2011

Books open for visually impaired
"Zaynee Malik wants people who are visually impaired to hear another good book. So the Shadyside girl has donated time each week for the past four months reading aloud as part of a new partnership between The Ellis School in Shadyside and the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 2, 2011

Shelf Life: First, Christ; Then, Christendom
"Explore Christianity's influence on today's world with the following titles, selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 24, 2011

Zine and Heard: Carnegie looks back at riot grrrl zine culture
"Today, the handmade self-publishing phenomenon known as the zine is pretty familiar. Not so in 1991, the year Olympia, Wash.-based zine Bikini Kill published its 'Riot Grrrl Manifesto.'"
Pittsburgh City Paper
April 21, 2011

Literary news: Feminism, 'zines intersect in symposium
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is combining two very separate topics -- feminism and 'zines -- to present a free public symposium highlighting the impact of one on the other."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 21, 2011

Powerful Pages: Feminism & Zines
"This Saturday, April 23rd, channel your inner Riot Grrrl at an innovative and informative workshop hosted by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland."
Pop City Media
April 20, 2011

Book bind: Public libraries feel strain of budget cuts
"They're the lone source of free computer and internet access in most communities, allowing the unemployed to search for jobs, learn computer skills and spruce up their resumes."
McClatchy Newspapers
April 19, 2011

Libraries concerned over having to rebuy e-books
"Checking out an e-book from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is easy. But the issues surrounding library e-books are anything but straightforward."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 17, 2011

The Next Page: Notes of a Native Son -- a Pittsburgher in exile, always from here
A piece written by Writers Live author Matthew Gallaway. The piece reflects his feelings about Pittsburgh and the obstacles that one faces when writing about one's native city. An event preview blurb is at the bottom of the article listing information about his appearance at CLP - Main.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 17, 2011

New library branch in the Strip more like a twig
"It's the size of some New York City apartments and smells like chocolate and lavender, but there was no mistaking that what bloomed near the entrance of the Public Market in the Strip District Friday morning was a library."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 16, 2011

Senior Expo Draws Big Crowd (LBPH)
"One of the expo's vendors, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, made the journey eastward to the expo to educate attendees about the services the library provides."
Huntingdon Daily News
April 15, 2011

Free, fresh prose: catch Writers Live @ CLP before some of these authors catch on
"The only thing better than hearing great writers read from and talk about their art is doing it for free."
Pop City
April 13, 2011

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Joins Morningstar in Money Smart Week
"Karen Rossi, manager of the Carnegie Library's Downtown & Business branch, and her team recognize the importance of financial literacy, especially saving and investing."
Morningstar Library Notes
Aril 12, 2011

Suzanne Collins, Sherman Alexie make list of challenged library books
"In what's become a virtual rite of passage for young adult sensations, a Collins novel has made its first appearance on the American Library Association's annual top 10 list of books most criticized in their communities."
Washington Post
April 11, 2011

Libraries lead way to walking
"If you like to socialize while you exercise, 30 Allegheny County libraries are offering in April and May a free walking program for seniors. Last year more than 750 walkers trekked more than 100,000 miles in fall and spring walks."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 11, 2011

Book on Business: The book on who to tip and how much
Read Natalie Lustig's latest book review!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 10, 2011

Librarians: Masters of the info universe
"Librarians, information specialists, knowledge managers or whatever title a librarian might have -- their skills are in high demand. And, though you might not know it, they are everywhere."
CNN
April 12, 2011

Mini-library will open at Strip District market
"Two booths at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District will be a micro library on weekends starting April 15. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will pilot its Libraries in Your Neighborhood Community and School initiative among the meats and pastries at the markethouse in the terminal building on Smallman Street at 17th Street."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 10, 2011

Genealogy society can help with search for ancestors
"The Pennsylvania Room in Carnegie Library, Oakland, has available old birth, marriage and death records for the City of Pittsburgh and former City of Allegheny on the North Side, as well as books from genealogy societies all over Pennsylvania."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 7, 2011

Ellis Partnership with Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
"Ellis Junior Zaynee Malik is Ellis' first narrator in a pilot program with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. In this program, Ellis students will record their narrations of books with the use of high quality field equipment that is specially designed to compensate for ambient noises, and so does not require a traditional soundproof booth. These audio recordings will be published digitally by the National Library Service. Zaynee worked on the narration of former Congressman Bud Shuster's children's book, Double Buckeyes."
The Green Sheet (Ellis School)
April 2011

Get your prosciutto & drop off a book
"Have you ever been browsing through meats, beer and cheeses and thought, 'Gee, I wish I could get a library card to go with this stuff.' ?..... Me too!"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 6

The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age
"A lot of attention has been focused on the way bookstores and publishing companies are managing the e-book revolution. The role of libraries has often been overlooked."
NPR
April 5, 2011

Meet Laura Bush Scholar Erin Scioli
Compendium
The Office of Commonwealth Libraries
April 4, 2011

Carnegie Library to provide services
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will start providing services at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District later this month in an effort to expand the libraries' reach."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 1, 2011

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to host author appearances
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures are collaborating on a new series, Writers LIVE. Starting April 21, the library's main branch in Oakland will host author appearances on selected weeknights."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 1, 2011

Good Morning North: the Second Cup: Say what you came to say
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest is accepting entries from high school students in grades nine through 12 who live in Allegheny County."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 31, 2011

Carnegie selects site for new combined Hilltop library
"The management staff of the Carnegie Library now knows what the community wants if the Knoxville and Carrick branches merge and if the Carnegie builds a new building to house both."
The South Pittsburgh Reporter
March 29, 2011

Student entries sought for Carnegie Library writing contest
"The Carnegie Library is seeking entries for the 2011 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest, which is open to high school students in Allegheny County."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 27, 2011

Shelf Life: America & Its Pastime
"However the Pirates fare, readers can win with these titles about baseball and society, selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 27, 2011

'The Hunger Games': popular, violent ... and rated PG-13?
"Tim Livingston, 16, a student at Central Catholic High School and a member of the Teen Advisory Council at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, agreed it was a good idea to keep extremes out of the movie equation."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 27, 2011

Public seems to back binding of Pittsburgh libraries
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh faces a June deadline in deciding whether to merge its Knoxvillle and Carrick branches, a move that appears to be supported by many residents of the two neighborhoods."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 20, 2011

Carnegie Library Holds Meeting on Hilltop Library
"Residents of Carrick and Knoxville are invited to attend a meeting about a proposed Carnegie Library location in Pittsburgh's Hilltop."
WDUQ
March 17, 2010

Library Design Showcase 2011: Sustainable Construction
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - East Liberty is featured!
American Libraries
March 18, 2011

Future state funding for some Northside institutions uncertain
"Northside institutions and service providers could face deep cuts if the budget proposal by Gov. Tom Corbett passes, although some are more concerned than others."
The Northside Chronicle
March 17, 2011

The Pop City Guide to Brookline
"In 2004, the centrally located Brookline branch of the Carnegie Library, which had long been housed in a lackluster storefront, underwent a massive renovation. The beautiful architectural overhaul was widely lauded and the following year Brookline branch was named "Library Building of the Year" by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association."
Pop City
March 16, 2011

Hilltop residents asked to come out to share ideas for new merged library
"Pittsburgh's Hilltop residents are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions about a potential new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location during a community meeting."
The South Pittsburgh Reporter
March 15, 2011

Children's books: Alex Awards honor grown-up books that also appeal to young adults
Read Corey Wittig's latest book review.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 15, 2011

Publisher opts to limit library loan of e-books
"The life of a book in a library can be indefinite. The life of an e-book? There is now an expiration date for some titles in a library's collection."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 11, 2011

'Convenience branches' meet library needs
“As money for libraries has decreased and the economy begins to mend from the recession, many people continue to turn to libraries for the free services they offer, said Glenn R. Miller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 7, 2011

Female heads of arts groups say gender doesn't determine success
“Aside from a National Endowment for the Arts report done in 1987, there's little to no statistical information to draw on. But a recent, casual search of area arts and cultural organizations headed by women quickly found several dozen with budgets both large -- $24 million at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- and small -- $600,000 at Quantum Theatre.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 6, 2011

Carnegie Library hires consultants to help boost funding
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh board of trustees on Tuesday agreed to hire the Carey Group of consultants to help develop a voter initiative where citizens could cast ballots on dedicated library funding."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 2, 2011

Carnegie Library chief Mistick to become Wilson College president
"Mistick and other officials from the Carnegie Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia will meet with state officials in Harrisburg to discuss the need for state money and tax incentives to encourage donations to libraries."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 2, 2011

Carnegie Library head named president of Wilson College
"Barbara Mistick, outgoing head of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, has been named president of Wilson College, a 142-year-old liberal arts school in Chambersburg in south-central Pennsylvania."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 2, 2011

No more whispering. Your library calls!
"Remember in 2009 when so many of you held signs such as "Save Our Library" and organized fund-raisers to help the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system keep its Lawrenceville, Hazelwood, Beechview and West End branches open? Have you slipped back into that pattern of taking your still-open library for granted?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 1, 2011

Librarian's Favorite Books Webpage
The Librarian's Favorite Book webpage officially launch on March 1 as part of the PA Promise for Children website and was included as part of the Learning is Everywhere enews that was sent to over 5,000 emails. Each month, a new set of librarians will be spotlighted with their favorite books. Meet this month's librarians -- the children's librarian staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!
Part of the PA Promise for Children Website
March 1, 2011

Library continues community dialogue
"On Thursday, March 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host a community chat to discuss funding and the future of the library at the Allegheny branch on Federal Street."
The Northside Chronicle
March 1, 2011

Shelf Life: Does America Face Its Own 'Ides Of March'?
"But for contemporary takes on how Rome and America resemble -- and differ from -- each other, try these titles compiled especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 27, 2011

She wrote the book on saving libraries
"It happens about once an hour at the Allegheny branch of the Carnegie Library: Someone using one of its 30 computers asks for help typing up a resume, filling out a job application, or applying for unemployment."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 22, 2011

Nonprofits look to alternatives as government funding tightens
"State budget cuts have been a continuing problem for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, pairing its 2011 budget by $1.5 million."
Pittsburgh Business Times
February 24, 2011

Another bookstore bites the dust: The e-world's great, but we still need a real public square
"The information revolution probably made this all inevitable. But there will always be a market for books on paper, even if the way we buy them changes."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 21, 2011

Libraries have limited eBooks
"Many library systems have electronic books available for borrowing, with a limited number of copies of each title available."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 20, 2011

Following August Wilson: Book, tour delineate important Hill District sites in the late playwright's life
"Now, with a new book that fits in your pocket, you can take a five-mile walking tour of the places that fueled the author's imagination even after he moved away in 1978."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 20, 2011

Obituary: Margaret K. McElderry / Longtime editor, publisher of children's books in New York City
"'It's the end of a era for all of us in children's books,' Amy Kellman, retired director of Children and Youth Services at the Carnegie Library, said Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 17, 2011

BookReview: Series is good to the bone
Megan Fogt, children's librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Squirrel Hill, discusses book series that children request all the time, like Jeff Smith's graphic novel series, Bone.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Super Science @ your library
"Developed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, 'Super Science @ your library' reaches out to children through the library's branch locations to expand on the science curricula currently being taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools."
ALA News
February 9, 2011

And now an important word from our Dean
"Come November, it is very likely that eligible Pittsburgh city residents will have an opportunity to vote on a referendum allowing for a property tax increase to provide additional funding for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If passed, the monies raised will help support the system’s 17 neighborhood libraries in addition to the main library located in Oakland. The tax increase, projected at three-tenths of a mil, would generate about $3.4 million annually. Property owners would pay an additional $30 a year on a house assessed at $100,000. To this observer, the projected increase seems a small price to pay given the services and treasures provided by an institution with such a sparkling heritage and distinguished pedigree."
RMU Library News
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Letter to the Editor: The sharing business
"I wish to applaud Brian O'Neill for his thought-provoking Jan. 25 column, "We Can't Afford to Keep Quiet About Saving Libraries." Unfortunately, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is not alone in this crisis. Library funding cuts are threatening our region's quality of life well beyond the city limits."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Carnegie Library benefits those beyond the city
"Regarding "Carnegie Library to Request Voters OK New Tax" (Jan. 22): There are two fundamental problems with Judge Frank J. Lucchino's hope of winning city taxpayers' support for raising property taxes to further support the noble mission of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Extra support: A city referendum could boost library funding "Over a year ago when the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was set to close some of its branches for lack of dollars, residents told officials they wanted the libraries to stay open. Now city voters have a chance to make their wishes known again, and this time they could be asked to put their money where their mouths are."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 31, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Treasure libraries Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 30, 2011

Shelf Life: Presidential & Confusing
"The following titles, selected especially for A Page of Books readers by manager Karen Rossi and her staff at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business branch, can help you cut through the confusion and boost your presidential IQ -- especially about some more obscure White House occupants, starting with the only chief executive from Pennsylvania."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 30, 2011

85th Cinderella Ball Held At Omni William Penn
"Required to volunteer a minimum of thirty hours within six months at the Carnegie Library (this year's beneficiary organization), the debs collectively performed 725 hours of volunteer work, although it was Katharine Reineman who was awarded the Cinderella Women's Committee Scholarship for clocking in 75 herself alone."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 30, 2011

Study urges shrinking Philly library for the blind
"After more than a century in Philadelphia, the nation's oldest library for the blind is facing the potential loss of most of its materials and services to its Pittsburgh counterpart."
The Washington Examiner (from the The Philadelphia Inquirer)
January 29, 2011

Grasping at straws: Save the libraries
"There are few places safer and warmer than a library."
The Duquesne Duke
January 27, 2011

The Carnegie Library
The children's department at Carnegie Library's main branch has always been a wondrous place. This month is Library Lovers' Month, so go check it out.
Pittsburgh Magazine
February 2011

Around Town: We can't afford to keep quiet about saving libraries
"Do we want Pittsburgh to be a great city or not?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 25, 2011

Charities seek to turn online friends into funders
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has assembled an 11-member social media team to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Like other local nonprofit groups, the library used social media to remind its supporters to contribute on last October's Day of Giving when The Pittsburgh Foundation matched gifts to eligible charities."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 23, 2011

Carnegie Library to request voters OK new tax
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new six-pronged funding strategy will include asking city voters to pay additional real-estate taxes to support the system's 19 locations."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 22, 2011

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh adopts fundraising overhaul
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's board unanimously adopted an approach to fundraising expected to generate $5 million to $7 million a year, library officials announced Friday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 22, 2011

Carnegie Library Approves Funding Strategies
"Recommendations by the public-private task force charged with finding sustainable funding solutions for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have been approved by the Board of Trustees."
WDUQ
January 21, 2011

Get Ahead of Outsourcing: Stave off privatization with a lean, mean library management machine
"How will politicians and library leaders respond to the challenges of shrinking budgets, increased community expectations, and ever aggressive competition?"
American Libraries
January 20, 2011

Now Hiring: Key Leadership Positions in Pittsburgh
"Right now in Pittsburgh there are an unprecedented number of nonprofit leadership positions and the list is impressive."
Pop City Media
January 19, 2011

Meeting Set for the South Side Carnegie Library
"People will have the opportunity to voice their opinion over the renovation of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's South Side Branch this Wednesday."
WDUQ
January 17, 2011

IRS ends mailing booklets for paper tax returns
"'There are fewer and fewer places providing tax forms,' said Holly McCullough, manager of the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill. She is "very concerned" that the IRS changes will catch many people off guard and that droves will show up at her library."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 16, 2011

Pretty Princesses
"'What's really remarkable about these ladies is that they have donated nearly 700 volunteer hours to the Carnegie Library, which has been a fantastic recipient. The caliber of young women who are making the time to help something as fundamental as our community library is truly outstanding,' says Laura Kronk, publicity chair for The Cinderella Ball."
Whirl Magazine
January 2011

Different culture comes alive for young readers
Laura Bandura of CLP's BLAST School Outreach Program reviews Words in the Dust.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 11, 2011

Literacy survey ranks city 5th out of 75
"Literacy is a fickle thing, claims America's Most Literate Cities Survey. In Pittsburgh's case, one year, you're up, another, you're down."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 12, 2011

South Side library to get a makeover
"The historic South Side Carnegie Library branch is going to get an interior makeover and you can see what the architects have in mind
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 11, 2011

Read for a cause in the New Year
"Even if you don't have a fireplace to curl up in front of, winter is a great season for wrapping yourself in blankets and reading a book, magazine (or even blog) in your favorite chair. And from Jan. 8 to Feb. 19, you can raise money for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh while you read."
Northside Chronicle
January 10, 2011

Short List: Week of January 6 - 13 Mbr< "We at City Paper like to think that reading isn't just a fallback activity for when there's nothing better to do. But when January comes around, it really is book time. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh agrees, and today kicks off its annual Winter Read-a-Thon."
Pittsburgh City Paper
January 6, 2010

America's Most Literate Cities, 2010
Central Connecticut State University released its annual Most Literate Cities list on January 10, 2011. The study ranks the largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Pittsburgh ranks 5th in the nation - down one place from 2009. Pittsburgh was ranked 3rd in terms of library support, holdings, staffing and utilization.

Around Town: He caught people in the act of reading and exposed them
"What books have Pittsburghers been reading in the past year? The list isn't particularly surprising."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 4, 2011

Task force wants funding for libraries put before voters
"Pittsburghers showed so much passion for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh during hearings on the proposed closings of branches, a task force wants to give them a chance to do it again -- this time at the polls."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 3, 2011

Top 10 stories of 2010
"Dec. 13 - Barbara Mistick announces she won't seek to renew her contract as president and director of the Carnegie Library when it expires May 31."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 1, 2011