All Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. All locations will reopen on Thursday, December 26th.
Ancient Egypt, China, and Greece
Need to do a history report or just want a fun read? Pick up one of these to transport you to a fun, colorful and amazing world!
Every year the American Library Association gives The Alex Awards to ten books written for adults that appeal to teens.
Back To School
It's that time of year again, and going back to school can be both frightening and exciting. Check out these books on the ups and downs of life in school.
Banned Books Week - Top Books
Each year, the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom publishes a list of the Top 10 Banned or Challenged books of the year. This list explores some of the most frequently banned books from the past few years -- and the reasons other people don't want you to read them.
Banned Graphic Novels
Graphic novels have been getting their fair share of challenges lately. Check out some of these titles, that have been challenged in various states around the country.
Baseball: Facts and Fiction
From scientific facts on the physics of throwing a curveball to the true life stories of some of the greatest players in history, this list offers amazing facts as well as thrilling fictional stories about playing America's favorite game.
Black History - Fiction
The great thing about historical fiction is that it allows you to experience history as if you were there. That's exactly what these fiction books on Black History do: give you a first-hand glimpse of the everyday struggles and triumphs that African Americans have endured to make America what it is today.
Books Can be Murder
Some people think teenagers only care about sex, food and music. Those people are wrong. Teens also care about murder.
Brothers and Sisters
Sometimes they're great. Sometimes they're soooo annoying. But can you imagine life without them? These books are all about the problems brothers and sisters can cause -- or solve.
But I HATE to Read!
Not a fan of reading? Are you sure? The books on this list were carefully selected just for you! There's a wide range of genres and styles, but they all have one thing in common: they're great for people who hate to read.
Censorship Causes Blindness: Read!
Celebrate Banned Books Week, not by reading one but by checking out one of these titles about what happens when the culture of censorship reigns supreme.
Are you looking for books where the character's faith plays a major role? One of these might be for you!
Classic Science Fiction
How did authors imagine the future twenty or more years ago? Read one of these classic science fiction novels to find out.
The world can be a big and scary place with cultures that are drasticaly different than our own. Sometimes these differences can make it easy to forget that real people, much like ourselves, live there. Read these fiction books and see how it is to live in another country.
Have you ever wanted to read your sister's diary? Do you like going online and reading the secrets people post to their blogs? Then one of these books written as diaries, or in another interesting format, might be right for you.
You've probably heard the word 'utopia', or a perfect society. Well, 'dystopia' means the opposite -- a repressive state in which freedoms are limited and there is no possibility for social change. The dystopia is a favorite theme of science fiction authors exploring possible dark futures for mankind. If that interests you, read one of these books (you might feel better about the current state of things when you're through!).
End of the World
According to some, the Mayans predicted the end of the world to be December 21st 2012. Will it happen? We'll soon find out. If it does, be prepared by reading what others have done to survive the apocalypse.
Fahrenheit 451 Read-a-Likes
Totally freaked out and intrigued by the future world depicted in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451? Get one of these other dystopian fiction titles from your local library! Also, check out the play Fahrenheit 451 at Prime Stage going on between Nov 2 - Nov 11!
Get Your Game On
Is gaming your life? Now you can read about games when you can't play them! Don't forget that you can also play video games at your library.
Graphic novels have come a long way from their cult-following beginnings. They are now an integral part of mainstream culture, as is evident by the recent influx of blockbuster movies that are based on comics. No longer considered a waste of time, graphic novels are now recognized as a legitimate art form. Check out some of these recent graphic novels and see what all the hype is about!
Holden Caulfields for the New Age
The Catcher in the Rye
is a classic teen coming-of-age novel. These books feature characters that are reminiscent of the feelings expressed in that book.
Love All Around
Love can be fun, painful, frightening, and exciting. But it's rarely simple. Join these characters as they all strap themselves in for a roller coaster ride.
The Manga craze shows no signs of abating, and Library locations around the city have been increasing their Manga selections due to increased demand. Check out some of these recent releases and some old favorites in our updated Manga booklist!
Middle School: the place that everyone knows and loves (or hates!). These are books about some adventures that happen during middle school.
The American Library Association gives the Morris Award and Honors to exceptional teen books written by first-time authors.
Islam is one of the largest and fastest growing religions in the world, and yet it may also be one of the most misunderstood. Read how it's like to be a Muslim in the United States and abroad.
Novels in Verse
Enjoy poetry and fiction? Try a novel in verse. These authors use the freedom of verse form to express themselves and their stories.
On The Job
Who says work is boring? Check out these books, where having a job leads to much more than just some extra dough.
Outdoor Pursuits: Survival
Do you wish you could spend all your time outside, or are you happiest inside on the couch? Either way, take your imagine outside with one of these books about teen surviving in the great outdoors.
The Printz Awards are books that the American Library Association decides are the best of the best teen books of the year.
Romance Through the Years
True love is timeless. These books prove love, heartbreak and happy endings have existed far longer than you or me.
What would you do if you were lost in the wilderness, or lost in the halls of your school? How would you defend yourself? These fiction books are about teens who fight for survival.
Whether you're looking for a summer job, want to get your bike ready for an epic ride, or just want to read a great book in the shade, this list has the books to help make your summer great!
Teen Read Week - 2013
On the week of October 13th the entire nation will be celebrating Teen Read Week, where we rejoice the awesomeness that is reading teen books. So check out one of these books and celebrate with us! Also, look for a teen specialist at your school who will be giving some of these books away along with other fabulous prizes. Let the festivities begin!
Thrillers and Mysteries for the Adrenaline Junkies
Tired of predictable endings? In need of a gripping novel to read? Want to be captivated until the very end? Then pick up these quick reads that are sure to make your knuckles turn white, if not your hair!
Vampires: Bloodsucking Fiends?
Have you read all the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer? Are you looking for more blood-sucking goodness while you wait for Breaking Dawn? This is the list for you!
War: What is it Good For? - Fiction
War affects everybody. Read one of these fiction books that explore how war effects people, both those fighting and those living through it.
When Things Fall Apart
When tragedy strikes, it can change our lives forever. There seems to be no one to turn to, and sometimes not even our best friends or family understand what we're going through.
It's cold outside, so stay warm with a good book! These titles have a little bit of everything, from snow-kissed romance to alpine survival.