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Rebecca's Story: Snow day today! It's too snowy to drive. Luckily, the Lawrenceville Branch Library is within walking distance. When I suggested a library visit to my fourth-grader, he was psyched! We both know the library is a place to see our neighbors, pick up the books we've requested and pick out new ones. We'll ask the friendly library staff for more suggestions, and we'll bring home a tote bag full of books, DVDs, and CDs to keep us happy and busy on this snowy day.
I was a young girl living On Spin Way of Pittsburgh, PA walking hand in hand with my mother in the 50's catching the Hamilton Bus which drop us off in front of the library on our way home from Downtown. I would beg her to let me investigate the large building on the corner. She was a busy mother of six children and never seemed to have time to stop. As I got older around the age of 9, I walked to the library and was very afraid to go inside myself. I gathered up the courage and went in to find so many books shelves in such a neat order. A Librarian walk up to me and directed me to the children's section and ask me did I wish to read a book. I had no interest in reading at that age. I only was courious of what was housed in this building. She got a book from the shelf and I remember the title to this very day. "Charlotes Web." I did not want to disappoint the nice lady and not attempt to read the book because my reading and comprehension skills were not so great in Belmar Elementary School.
Kelly's Story: I just wanted to comment on the great resources you have listed here: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/homegarden/gardening/kids.html. My class will be starting an indoor herb garden soon and I found a lot of helpful gardening information from your page, thank you! I also wanted to share this guide to herbs I found that also has a great kids section: http://www.herbco.com/t-herb-gardening-guide.aspx. I figured it would make a nice addition to your links.
As an avid reader, I treasure the library. I hope to pass this passion on to my children.
Mattie's Story: I came to Pittsburgh back in 1975 from Erie Pa. My first experience with a library was in Wilkinsburg for 4yrs I went to that library and then I moved to Homewood with my 3year old daughter and we stated attending the Homewood library. To my daughter the children s section was the best place in the world she loved all of the books and activities that they offered.I would take her there 3 days a week and just sit and read what ever book she picked out. When she got old enough to read on her own she would sign up for the summer reading program and win the reading contest because she always remembered word for word what she was reading when the librarian would give quizzes on the books that the children were reading. My Daughter is 29 yrs old now and she still loves books thanks to my Homewood library. As for myself Homewoods library has everything that I need I enjoy all types of books and the nice movies & music selection that they have on site. I live where I could either go to Squirrel Hill,or East Lib and I have been to both but The customer services is the best at Homewoods when they know that you like something they will make suggestions to help you decide. I now Have a 6year old granddaughter who lives in Braddock but only wants to go too the Homewoods Library to get her books and to see Ms. Vonnie & Mr Ray.before my granddaughter even goes into the children s section she states I have to go say hi to Ms. Vonnie & Mr. Ray I think that shows great respect for the two of them.
Henrietta's Story: I grew up out side of Philadelpha going to public Library in yeadon and lansdown Pa in the 1970-80's and the Library helped me to learn about History in the United states of America in Pennsaulvania and Pittsburgh the Library let's you borrow book's,dvd's,cd's and computers as long as you bring them back on time and that helps fund the Library and the doner cards help keep the Library open when you apply for them at the Library to keep your public library open.
Ethan's Story: The Carnegie Library in Oakland provides Pitt students access to an amazing library with tons of resources. Many Pitt students also enjoy visiting the library for a place to study. Thanks!
My family loves the library! The library is a wonderful place to discover authors, to find books that may not be carried in the store, to do research, etc. I often frequent the library during my lunch hour or after work to decompress or pick up a new read and a cup of coffee. As a bilingual family it is often difficult to find books at the retail stores in more than one language and the library has been a phenomenal source of material.
Mary Ann's Story: Some of my fondest childhood memories are going to the Lawrensville Library. I loved the marble steps to enter. The Beatrix Potter books were my favorites as a youngster. Growing up I would do my homework at one of the desks in the library. I loved the big windows that let in the cool breeze. Recently I visited that library again. I walked up the marble steps and entered with a warm feeling. I am thrilled that the new library is going up in East Liberty since that is closest to me now. I hope my grandchildren will have as many fond memories of their days at the library.
Lynn's Story: I loved the East Liberty library on Station Street when I was growing up. Our parents took us there every week. I remember the excitement of getting my first library card and then checking out the maximum number of books. It was hard to carry them all. Because I was a good reader, I was allowed to look at the books in the adult section. I worried about being "caught" there by someone who didn't know I had permission. Later, when the old library was torn down, I was thrilled to see the King Arthur paintings installed in the stairwell of the new one. As my kids and I came down the stairs after a pleasant hour in the childrren's room, I would recite the story of Arthur: "There was a sword stuck in a stone..."
Mary's Story: The Library has been invaluable to me over the past 5 yrs. My job was outsoursed in June of '05. I needed to get other employment. The library was available to me to help me obtain my Pa. Insurance license. I am licensed in life/health/property/and causalty insurance. I was able to take the practice test online. I also used the library for job searches. Thank God I start my new position this coming Monday. I could not have accomplished these things without the library. Being unemployed I didn't have the internet at home. I am greatful that the library was there for me to utilize. Thank you for everything. God bless
Both my parents were teachers. My love for books began under our dining room table, where the beautiful illustrations from “Sally, Dick and Jane,” an instructional book from my parents' classrooms, beckoned me into the world of reading.
My name is John, I am 29 years old, and I live in Munhall, Pa. I have only lived here in Pittsburgh for 5 years, but for the past 2 years, my life has been, let's say, difficult.
I am living with HIV, and although there are a lot of days when I want to stay inside and hide from the world, there is one place where I find comfort & sanctuary: my local library.
Paula's Story: I had the pleasure of bringing my daughter to the 2010 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Summer Reading Extravaganza. Mary is 2 years old and she had a fantastic time. She loved visiting the booths, playing games, making crafts and watching the Puppet show. When our day was over and we were returning to our car, I noticed she was trailing behind me and came to a stop. When I asked her what she was doing she replied "I give library a hug and kiss! I love the library!" She ran up to the library's outer wall, stretched out her arms and embraced the stones. Then she straightened up, gave the wall a kiss, and returned to me with a big smile. She wanted to show her appreciation for all of the fun she had that day. The library makes an impression at the earliest of ages. I'm grateful she loves the library as I do.
Kudos to Local Librarian.
The public libraries of this state, and particularly the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, have been a cornerstone in my life. When I was young and didn't fit in at school, we went to the bookmobile, and my eyes were opened to the classics in which there were other girls who didn't fit in either but who grew up to be great. We never would have bought the books on our own, but we read them because they were at the library. When my sister had trouble reading and looked like she was not going to go far in school, my mom made a new rule--we could stay up as long as we wanted Friday night as long as we were reading our library books. I remember that I would get five books every week--four for Friday night and one for the rest of the week! Needless to say, sheer determination to stay up, along with a supply of interesting and appropriate library books, helped my sister conquer her reading difficulties, succeed in school, and go on to lead a producative life. In addition, when my brother saw how we could stay up, he quickly learned to write his name just so he could get his own library card (he was two-years-old at the time)!
Carole's Story: My extended family tried valiantly to share family stories with me. As a youth looking backwards didn't appeal to me. Thus, after my life of turmoil, blowing like a bad seed in a brisk wind, I found myself searching microfilm in the basement of the main Carnegie Library on a hot day in August 2001. Imagine the sheer delight when I discovered my Great Grandmother's one-page handwritten will--it was written in 1937--all I had of her besides a picture--I didn't even know her given name--she was just "Grandma" when I was only a toddler. This 'find' revealed her birthplace, my inheritance, and eventually I stood on the land where she was born--in Virginia/WV. (Someone might have told me about that but I sure don't recall.) This discovery led me to long-lost cousins, to two young g. g. aunts who died in the Allegheny Arsenal explosion, to homes where my family had lived around Pittsburgh, and to the personalities of my recent ancestors, better understanding my own foibles, that was gleaned from continuous research. This service at the Library, being available when I was visiting from out of town, offered me a valuable link to my life. Please do everything possible to continue to provide this service and all the others to the guests and residents of Pittsburgh.
Laura's Story: My library story started early in my life. In elementary school I loved the library so much that I got in trouble for sneaking away from recess to go to the library. My obsession with books only grew more serious as the years went on. I hold library cards for the three cities I've lived in, and finding the closest library has always been a top priority whenever I move. The library has allowed me to complete my degrees by giving me the opportunity to borrow, not buy, expensive textbooks, find additional study guides, and by serving as a test center. As a distance learning student, I can rely on library computers to complete homework and quizzes when my own computers are on the fritz. As an educator, I can bring new resources into my classroom without putting extra strain on my budget. Sometimes I go a little overboard, but feeling like a book-laden packhorse is worth it when my students can go further in their research, enjoy a new story, or discover more by a favorite author. The library even has CDs with kid-friendly music that I can play in the classroom, and new albums by artists I can play to unwind at home. My latest library adventures have been Inter-Library Loan and digital books through NetLibrary. NetLibrary gave me access to a textbook that I can read on any computer and has piqued my interest in a number of audiobooks, which might just be the solution for "reading" in the car without giving myself motion sickness! Inter-Library Loan is just magical. With ILL, I don't have to be limited to the books we have locally. My imagination can roam the world, finding obscure books that I might never otherwise encounter. The whole idea of these books flying across county and state lines to arrive in my hands makes me feel like this is the height of civilization. The library gives me so much, and asks so little in return. All I have to do is take care of the books, mind the due date, and continue to cultivate my desire for stories and information. I love the library because it gives every person the same chance to learn more and realize their full potential. The library doesn't just house books, it holds the potential for a truly egalitarian future for all citizens. I love the library because it is the essence of the human experience, a grand historical tradition, and a doorway to the future, but mostly I love it because it makes my life so much better.
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