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2009 News Releases

Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped Announces New Digital System
December 22, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) has announced it is beginning distribution of new digital audio books and digital players to its customers.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board Sets Topics for December 14 Meeting
December 10, 2009: As a special accommodation for public comment, community members are invited to speak at a public forum that will be held in conjunction with the Library Board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Library Announces New Fines and Fees for 2010
December 4, 2009: Long-term funding outlook cause for increased fees at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped Director Appointed to Governor’s Advisory Committee
November 24, 2009: Kathleen Kappel, Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), has been appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Blind.

Library Board Assures Transparency and Refutes Allegations
November 18, 2009: Board and elected officials to meet about funding solutions. Public comment period to be held in conjunction with December board meeting.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Issues the Following Statement Regarding Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Proposed 2010 Budget
November 9, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Administration and Board of Trustees will work collaboratively with the Mayor and others who want to guarantee that Pittsburgh’s library system remains strong for all generations.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Issues Updated 2010 Budget and Assessment Documents to Allegheny Regional Asset District
November 5, 2009: The submittal includes an updated five-year budget projection along with supplemental materials. Also available on the Library’s Web site are independent studies from the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Mellon University, and other materials relevant to the assessment process undertaken by the Library system’s Board of Trustees.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees Approves Plan to Reduce Cost Structure Due to Declines in Funding
October 6, 2009: Four branches to close, two to merge, one to relocate in effort to protect quality of programs, collections and services. Library hours to be cut; staff to be reduced; fines and fees to increase. New programs to take library services out to communities.

Digital Bookmobile Rolls into Pittsburgh During National Tour Event
September 28, 2009: Download experience promotes free audiobook and video download service available at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Banned Books Event Celebrates Freedom To Read—And To Laugh
Program Will Honor Memory of Pittsburgher Judith Krug, Founder of National Banned Books Week.

Pittsburgh’s Newest Library Opens!
August 29, 2009: After a three-year hiatus, library service on the North Side resumes with opening of CLP – Allegheny

Two-Day Celebration Planned in Honor of Pittsburgh’s Newest Library Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
August 18, 2009: Allegheny set to open August 28-29 in grand style.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Town Hall Meetings Featured Public Pleas for Dedicated Funding, No Branch Closings and Ideas on Raising Money to Avoid Deep Cuts in Services and Locations
August 10, 2009: Approximately 400 Pittsburgh residents demonstrated strong support for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh during three Town Hall meetings the library convened during the month of July.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Elects Board of Trustees Members
July 27, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees announces the appointment of two new members: Robert J. Kollar and Donald R. Fischer.

Community Provides Outpouring of Support During Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s First Public Town Hall Meeting
July 17, 2009: More than 150 community members attended a town hall meeting yesterday to express their concerns about library funding and service.

Statement from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Regarding Governor Rendell’s Proposed 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget
June 29, 2009: Governor Rendell’s latest budget proposal would mean an approximate reduction in funding of more than $600,000 for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. That’s equivalent to the annual operation of two mid-sized branches, or to the nonfiction books budget at CLP – Main in Oakland, or to having a children’s librarian in every CLP neighborhood library.

Funding Outlook Threatens Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s System of Programs and Branches
June 22, 2009: Financial gap may require cuts in services and locations. Public input and support sought in upcoming town hall meetings.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Contributes to Success of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Capital Campaign
June 17, 2009: Leading Lifestyle Retailer Makes $150,000 Donation for New Library Spaces

Be Creative @ Your Library!
June 2, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer Reading on June 7 with its 9th Annual Extravaganza

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty Prepares to Expand
May 21, 2009: Saturday, June 13 marks last day of public service

Spend Friday Night at the Library!
May 1, 2009: Late Night at the Library Event to Benefit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Capital Campaign

Teen Underground Café Debuts at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
April 27, 2009: Funding provided by the Comcast Foundation will help cultivate teen artistic expression.

Carnegie Library's Technology Playground Helps Customers Imagine the Future
April 17, 2009: Today's library is more than a collection of books. The library is a technology playground where video games, Web resources, databases and virtual reference librarians connect with modern library users.

National Library Week Reminds Public of the Valuable Contributions Libraries Make to Their Communities
April 15, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittburgh celebrates 114 years of serving the City of Pittsburgh and residents from around the region. Click here to view the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Fact Sheet.

Calling All Teens. Express Yourself and Be Heard!
April 8, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announces 2009 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood wins statewide award
April 1, 2009: The Pennsylvania Library Association has honored Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood with its Best Practices in Early Learning Award for its innovative program, IT’S REAL (Infants Teens Stories Reading Education and Libraries).

1-2-3 Launch!
March 31, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s New Kids Web site lets kids learn, play and explore.

Library Service Set to Resume on Pittsburgh’s North Side
March 25, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny prepares for a summer opening on the city’s North Side at 1230 Federal Street.

A Book for Every Young Child
March 23, 2009: This April, children visiting Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be able to explore the exciting life of penguins in If You Were a Penguin, the 2009 selection for Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child program.

Teens Go “Behind the Books” at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
March 18, 2009: Local teens will have the opportunity to interact with several renowned authors during Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Behind the Book: Authors Talk to Teens lecture series.

Making Your Money Go Further!
March 12, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh begins Money Matters, a Personal Finance Lecture Series.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Wonders "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?"
March 6, 2009: Libraries celebrate Fred Rogers’ legacy and the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Award-Winning Author and Illustrator Steven Kellogg To Speak at "Black, White & Read All Over"
March 5, 2009: On Saturday, March 21st at 10:30 a.m., Kellogg shares his humorous stories and brings his new book The Pied Piper’s Magic, when he talks to his young readers at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland.

Spend an Hour on Your Children!
February 13, 2009: New Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Series Offers Tips for Raising Successful Kids. Beginning in March, CLP – Downtown and Business, located at 612 Smithfield Street, will offer ParentPrep, a series of hour-long discussions for raising successful kids.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Celebrates Black History Month
January 29, 2009: In February, each Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location will honor the work of African American authors, artists and musicians with a host of free programs for children, teens, adults and families.

Pucker Up and Party! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Celebrates National Kazoo Day
January 21, 2009: Small instrument makes big noise at the typically quiet library in Oakland.

RAND Study says Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh should explore other funding sources, right-size programs
January 15, 2009: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh needs to explore new ways to secure adequate and stable funding, engage patrons and other stakeholders, and evaluate what services it offers, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corporation.