New Chapter Newsletter Vol. IV, Issue 3 • 2010
From the Director
As I reflect on 2010, I am inspired by the conversations, the thinking and the actions that continue to happen on behalf of keeping a vital and healthy library system for our region. During our year-long community conversation process, more than 1,400 people provided detailed information about the library services they value, highest among them: programs and services that educate children and teens. As the Public Private Task Force on Sustainable Library Funding worked throughout the year to identify long-term funding solutions, they also found Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) to be a primary reason for the high rankings our region receives in education and literacy. The Task Force is not seeking solutions simply to keep libraries a part of the community, but to assure that CLP remains a vibrant part of the regions' educational system. You'll find details about the community conversations and the work of the Task Force on page 6. And you can see our educational role in action as you read about the exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) collections and programs here at the Library.
As if to prove just how valuable libraries are, the East Liberty community flooded the gates of our grand re-opening of CLP - East Liberty in August. I'm delighted to report that circulation of materials there is soaring!
Yes, it's clear that the Library plays a vital role in our community - in education, quality of life and so much more. Thank you for your support of all that we do. With your help, we will continue to provide the rich literacy and learning resources that make this region a great place to call home!
Dr. Barbara K. Mistick
President and Director