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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
In the News 2009

Read this: Pittsburgh the fourth most-literate U.S. city
"Pittsburgh jumped to fourth in the seventh annual study of America's Most Literate Cities released this month by Central Connecticut State University...Pittsburgh's highest ranking came in libraries, where it placed third. The study measured the number of library branches per capita, the number of volumes held, a library's circulation per capita and number of staff."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hazelwood: A forgotten neighborhood
"The Carnegie Library, which moved to Second Avenue in 2004, has become a critical piece to the Hazelwood Community, residents said...Hazelwood's historic Carnegie Library, shuttered and closed, stands as a stark reminder of what the community has lost."
Point Park News Service
December 23, 2009

Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped Announces New Digital System
"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."
PRNewswire-USNewswire
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Libraries buoyed by table games bill
Table games legislation that cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday looks to be a winning hand, but not a jackpot, for local libraries.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, December 18, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh urged to grab late fees
Thousands of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh patrons collectively owe more than $1 million in late fees, but library officials have no plan to get tougher about collecting the money.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

4 library branches in city win reprieve
Stopgap funding, casino contribution allow them to stay open another year
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Carnegie board delays closings of four branch libraries
After two months of protests and a lawsuit, the board of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh approved a plan Monday to delay the closing of four branches and the relocation of another until 2011.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Carnegie board votes to keep branches open for a year
After a public hearing today, the Carnegie Library's board of trustees decided to postpone for at least one year the closure of four library branches and the reduction of operating hours.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, December 14, 2009

Board Votes to Accept Funding for Libraries
Board members of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh say the closing of four branches has been averted, at least for now.
KDKA
Monday, December 14, 2009

Meeting to decide fate of library branches not open to the public
The library board will decide at that meeting whether to delay closing branches in Lawrenceville, Beechview, Hazelwood and the West End, merging the Carrick and Knoxville branches and moving the Mt. Washington library from Grandview to Virginia Avenue.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, December 7, 2009

Pittsburgh casts libraries a lifeline
"Council OKs $600,000 for next year, but that's just half of what's needed."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pittsburgh council OKs one-time, $600K donation to libraries
"Pittsburgh City Council took the first step Monday toward ensuring all of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches will remain open next year by unanimously approving a one-time $600,000 contribution."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tentative Agreement Reached To Delay Closures
"Public officials met with leaders of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to discuss ideas regarding the library's funding problems."
KDKA TV
Monday, November 23, 2009

Council Passes Plan That Could Save Carnegie Libraries
"Could the battle over books be over? In a preliminary vote, Pittsburgh City Council passed a plan that members said will save several Carnegie Library branches."
WPXI TV
Monday, November 23, 2009

Change Of Plans: Carnegie Library Branches Stay Open
Carnegie Library branches that were targeted for closure in several Pittsburgh neighborhoods will remain open -- at least for now.
The Pittsburgh Channel: WTAE TV
Monday, November 23, 2009

Library board asks for funds to prevent branch closings
"The board of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said yesterday that it would be willing to place a moratorium on the planned closure of several library branches, contingent on getting short-term and long-term funding commitments in place before its next board meeting on Dec. 14."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 19, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh board will meet in private
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh won't open its Dec. 14 board meeting to the public, but it will conduct a public forum immediately before the meeting, a library spokeswoman said Wednesday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 19, 2009

Ravenstahl says he has votes to pass Pittsburgh's tuition tax
"One thing that may not make the stopgap budget is $1 million Mr. Ravenstahl sought to dedicate to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh from the tuition tax take."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 19, 2009

Carnegie Mellon researchers say Carnegie system has high branch count
"The libraries targeted for closure by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are among the most expensive to operate for the number of patrons they serve, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Pittsburgh has more libraries per resident — one branch for every 23,500, compared to an average of 45,000 in a sample of 81 library systems of similar size."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CMU study that spurred library service cuts released today
"Pittsburgh's Achilles heel -- its declining population -- has undermined the Carnegie Library's ability to maintain its system of 19 branches."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

City mourns local library closings
"While the book industry is seeing significant downfalls all over the United States, citizens of Pittsburgh are unwilling to accept the local consequences. Though citizens have been able to have an immediate impact on the opposition against local library closures, having any influence on the closing of larger branch businesses like Barnes & Noble will prove increasingly difficult." The Tartan
Monday, November 2, 2009

Viewpoint 4: Save the Libraries
WTAE Editorial

Overdue: Finally, some ideas to help fund the libraries
"It's encouraging that so many political leaders are proposing ways to help fund the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system, but it's too early for patrons to get their hopes up too high."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 2, 2009

Carnegie Library cuts long overdue
"Throughout the early days of the recession, Pittsburghers were congratulating each other because the region was doing better than most of the country. Then the city woke up one day last month to discover it hadn't been spared all of the economic pain. It turns out its historic Carnegie Library system was in worse shape than most urban libraries in the United States."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 1, 2009

Carnegie Library users rally to save Hazelwood branch
"Patrice Church's family revolves around the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 1, 2009

Carnegie Library's Lawrenceville site is resting place of many long departed
"Henry Snowden Jr. of Lawrenceville has endured many slights in his life and his afterlife. To begin with, he died at the tender age of 15 months from an unknown cause in 1830. Then in the 1880s, his body was exhumed and reburied to make way for a school, and later a library. His tombstone became separated from his remains, making it a stone without a tomb."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 31, 2009

Hazelwood Residents Rally In Effort To Save Library
"Pittsburgh residents rallied in the rain Saturday in an effort to save a branch of the Carnegie Library slated to close."
WTAE-TV
October 31, 2009

City may bail out libraries with fuel fund glut
"A proposal to pay for libraries in part with Pittsburgh's excess gasoline money fueled a burst of pronouncements yesterday on keeping city and suburban facilities open, but also drew criticism for being premature."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 30, 2009

Library system receives $300,000 in donations
"A pool of $100,000 set aside by the Pittsburgh Foundation to match donations to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was exhausted yesterday by 11 a.m."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 30, 2009

Pittsburgh councilman urges $1.2 million in aid for Carnegie Library
"City Council President Doug Shields on Thursday urged council to commit $1.2 million to keep all branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh open for at least the next two years."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, October 30, 2009

Survey of library branches facing ax finds plenty of activity
A review of the library branches facing closure.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ravenstahl: Funds could give Carnegie Library time to reconsider plan
"When Hank Jedema passes through the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, he sees children sitting at computers with the world at their fingertips....'By closing their way to the world and to the World Wide Web, you're taking away their opportunity to learn and explore and do a whole bunch of things that our kids need to be able to do.'"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, October 25, 2009

KQV General Manager, Robert W. Dickey, Editorial
Listen to this editorial about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and its budget problems.
KQV
Friday, October 23, 2009

RAD to investigate Carnegie's claims of library budget deficit
The Allegheny Regional Asset District board voted unanimously yesterday to investigate the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's claim that it faces a growing budget deficit, predicted to hit $6 million by 2014.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Table Games Plan May Keep Libraries Open
"...sources tell KDKA political editor Jon Delano that a plan is the works to use revenue from local casino table games to boost the local support for the library."
KDKA
Thursday, October 22, 2009

State, local officials press Carnegie Library on closings
Eleven state and local officials and representatives of three others met Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Director Barbara Mistick and three library executives yesterday to discuss ways to reverse the library's decision to close four branches and merge two other next year.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brian O'Neill's Around Town: This club is no weapon to use against library
Regarding Dr. Mistick's membership in the Duquesne Club.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Library won't attend mayor's meeting on branch closings
Carnegie Library President and Director Barbara Mistick last night issued a letter to Mr. Ravenstahl, saying the library system wants to see how a possible Regional Asset District audit plays out "before scheduling public meetings."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Carnegie Library officials pass on public meeting regarding closings
Carnegie Library officials declined an invitation from Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal to a public meeting Saturday regarding the proposed closing of four branches. Barbara Mistick, president and director of the library, wants the mayor to reschedule so the library can gather information based on the recently-approved state budget. She has been working with council members to set up community meetings in mid-November.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh faces closures and cutbacks
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh asked its Oakland patrons why they love their library. People wrote their answers on a once-blank white board: "Libraries=Freedom," "Because you can get a $100,000 education for free" and "Libraries are a hallmark of every great civilization.""
Pitt News
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mayor Calls Community Meeting About Carnegie Library Closures
Lawrenceville, Beechview, West End, Hazelwood Branches Shutting Down
"Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he will hold a community meeting to hear Pittsburgh residents' concerns about the pending closures of four Carnegie Library branches."
WTAE - The Pittsburgh Channel
Monday, October 19, 2009

Pittsburgh's pittance unbalances library's books
Columnist Brian O'Neill talks about the membership in the Duquesne Club, the requested audit of the library by Mayor Ravenstahl and the fact that: "Surrounding communities give more to their libraries than Pittsburgh, which contributes only $40,000, the same amount it gave in 1895."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beechview patrons urge Carnegie Library not to close their branch
"Patrons of the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh served hot cocoa and cookies Saturday and carried signs urging the Carnegie not to close their branch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, October 18, 2009

Panel recommends that RAD audit Carnegie library system
"Any time you close a library, it's like closing a church, a police station or a school," said RAD vice chairman Dan Griffin "It's an emotional thing. It substantially changes their application."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carnegie Library defends Mistick's salary
"The money the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh pays for its director's salary, her membership at the Duquesne Club, her vehicle and part of a trip she took to India last year are reasonable compensation for the job she does, the nonprofit's chair said Tuesday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Carnegie’s Legacy Threatened, Along with Children’s Library Services
A piece of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy could fall into jeopardy if the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh follows through with closing four branches, and potentially curtailing children and teen services for local communities as well.
School Library Journal
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh tries to keep legacy alive in Allegheny Depository
The Allegheny Depository is one of eight facilities that would close, move or consolidate next year. Among the depository's collections are about 140,000 art and architecture folios, British patent documents and technical and scientific journals, including some bought with money from Andrew Carnegie.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Library to be beneficiary of 'Match Day'
"As part of a kickoff later this month for its new Internet-based giving initiative, The Pittsburgh Foundation will provide $400,000 in matching funds to support local nonprofits, including $100,000 to the strapped Carnegie Library."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bad year for Pittsburgh's libraries with cuts and closings
"The Legislature basically returned all libraries to the pre-Internet age," said Barbara Mistick, director of the Carnegie Library. "That's a devastating change. It means the end to accessing information across the commonwealth."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brian O'Neill's Around Town: No quiet in these libraries
"Misplaced priorities have been on people's minds lately. That can happen when news of Pittsburgh being named America's No. 1 Sports City arrives just as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh gets set to close five of its 19 branches."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

KDKA Sunday Business Page: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Closings
KDKA reports on the closing of the four Carnegie Library branches and interviews Dr. Barbara Mistick.
KDKA TV
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Turning a page on Carnegie
"With all the influences that turn the minds of young people to mush nowadays — too much television, computer games, ear-blasting music — Pittsburgh will have fewer places to borrow books. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) wouldn't approve."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, October 11, 2009

War of words begins over closing, downsizing libraries
Discusses the future of the branch buildings to be closed. "With the exception of the Hazelwood branch, the city owns the branches that will be closing."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lawrenceville library users disappointed
Patrons were disappointed by the Carnegie library's decision to close a library that has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1898 and that is in a neighborhood that's on the rebound.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sad chapter: Downsizing comes to the Carnegie Library
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is walking the same lonely corridor already traveled by the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, the city's Public Safety Department and countless other organizations managing their operations for a shrinking populace."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, October 09, 2009

Carnegie Library review weighed
"Responding to a request by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the Allegheny Regional Asset District said yesterday it would consider ordering a performance audit of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh after its board announced plans to close five of its 19 branches to save money."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Cuts in library management urged
"City officials on Wednesday called for management cuts at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a day after a top library system official insisted branch closures were necessary to close a projected budget deficit."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, October 8, 2009

The future of our library
Grant Oliphant explains that "the Library is only doing what every other responsible nonprofit in our community is doing during these difficult times: making tough choices to keep afloat and save the institution for the long haul."
Pittsburgh Foundation Community EForum
October 7, 2009

Pittsburgh Library Closes Five Branches, Announces Layoffs, Service Cuts
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), faced with declining revenues and projected budget deficits, announced cuts that includes reducing service hours throughout the system, closing and merging branch locations, and reducing staff."
Library Journal
October 7, 2009

Carnegie board's vote provokes an uproar
"Residents and politicians alike decried the announced cuts yesterday by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which will close five branches, move others and trim hours in the face of a spiraling deficit."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Library system trims five Carnegie branches across city
"For the first time in its 114-year history, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will close five of its 19 branches next year to cover a projected $1.2 million budget deficit."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Carnegie Library To Close 4 Branches
"The Carnegie Library Board of Trustees announced drastic system changes at a news conference Tuesday morning." (Video included)
KDKA TV
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Carnegie Library planning drastic cuts, closures for 2010
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh today announced a series of drastic cuts and closures for 2010, preparing to close, move or merge eight branches to stave off a $6 million operating deficit by 2014."
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Board votes to close 4 Carnegie Library branches in city
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's board of trustees voted last night to close, move or merge eight facilities, in a plan that drew opposition from Pittsburgh City Council members, one of whom vowed today to try to reverse it.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Library backers plead for survival of their branches
Supporters of neighborhood branches of the Carnegie Library rallied yesterday in Oakland, greeting board members who were expected to vote on possible closings.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Library supporters rally in Beechview
"Supporters of the Carnegie Library in Beechview rallied last night to save their library as the library system's board of trustees decides how to make the system financially sustainable."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, October 02, 2009

Library for the blind takes books on tape into digital age
"The Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will begin to make the switch from analog books on audiocassette tape to digital cartridges next month."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cultural groups face pinch in RAD funds
"While the Carnegie Library didn't receive a cut in RAD funding, maintaining the status quo wasn't anything close to a victory....It was hoping RAD would make up for state budget cuts that could reduce library funding by as much as 50 percent."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Allegheny Regional Asset District draft budget favors larger groups
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh asked for a 10 percent increase in RAD funding to make up for anticipated losses in state funding. RAD funding will remain at $17.6 million, plus $2.45 million for maintaining its electronic network."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 30, 2009

Wealth of resources: Carnegie Business Library has much to offer area businesses
"There are no flashy signs to point it out, but if a businessperson walks into the Downtown location of the Carnegie Library and heads down the stairs, they’re likely to find a wealth of information they may not have known about."
Pittsburgh Business Times
Friday, September 18, 2009

Carnegie Library's Foundation Center like a 'jewel'
"Tucked into the Carnegie Library’s Downtown location is a valuable resource for nonprofit organizations: The Foundation Center."
Pittsburgh Business Times
Friday, September 18, 2009

National report finds many can't afford to join digital community
“A high school student, a young woman with a baby and a retiree using the computers Tuesday at the new Carnegie Library branch in the North Side had at least one thing in common: Each said they can't afford to have either a computer or Internet access at home.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 2, 2009

Carnegie Library opens new library on the North Side
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh unveiled its brand-new library on Federal Street on the North Side during a champagne luncheon held there Friday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fanfare: Champagne luncheon celebrates gorgeous new library
"On Friday, 170 of us shelved our desk jockeying for a few hours and headed down to Federal Street on the North Side for a champagne luncheon to celebrate the gorgeous new $6 million-dollar edition (haha) to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- Allegheny, which immediately fueled a desire to turn the page on our television watching."
Pittburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Carnegie Library is positive mark on Federal Street's rebirth
“’This is giving a strong statement about what is a priority in this city,’ county executive Dan Onorato said to about 30 people gathered outside the new library yesterday morning. ‘It sends a message that even in tough economic times — budget-cutting times — there are certain things that shouldn't be put on the chopping block.’”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grand opening today for new North Side library
“The new library, a one-story building of two-story height, is awash in natural light, with slatted wood along the front and an enclosed outdoor patio for children. The children's section is almost half the building, with elephant-shaped stools and a play area.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Allegheny to open on Federal Street
“A lightning strike and economic upheaval weren't enough to keep a library out of the North Side. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Allegheny opens at 10 a.m. today on Federal Street to serve a neighborhood that lacked a library for three years, after lightning damaged the old building in 2006.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Saturday, August 29, 2009

After three years, North Side Carnegie Library reopens
“Three years ago, the North Side branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) was struck by lighting and severely damaged. This weekend, that branch will reopen in a new location, in a new building, with a new set of services and sense of community.”
POP City
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Arts and cultural groups make their cases for RAD funds
“’This year, funding from almost every source is threatened,’ said Barbara Mistick, president and director of Carnegie Library. The public library, which is seeking a 10 percent increase in RAD funding, she said, is on the brink of fiscal disaster and may be forced to make drastic cuts in services and close some branches if it gets no increase in revenue.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recession could plateau RAD funding
Sales tax revenues down 2.1 percent over last year

For local arts and cultural groups battered by the recession, it might not be a good idea to count on more money from the Allegheny Regional Asset District next year. It, too, is counting pennies.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, August 24, 2009

Federal Street's Stylin'
The new Allegheny branch of the Carnegie Library is open, and boy is it open. There's enough sunlight coming through windows along the front, along one side and way up high to eliminate the need for electric lights most of the day.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, August 24, 2009

Booking a Loss
Anticipating funding shortfalls that could result in the closing or consolidating of neighborhood branches, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosted three town-hall meetings throughout July to inform the public of its economic predicament, and to ask for whatever support people could afford...
Pittsburgh City Paper
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Letters to the editor
Our libraries are invaluable assets and must be properly funded

"I'm writing to underscore the critical connection between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's system of libraries and the city of Pittsburgh's public education system. These two organizations have the unique responsibility of helping people learn -- before, during and after formal schooling. Our public libraries are a support system to lifelong learning."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, August 14, 2009

Save state funding for libraries
"I love my local library. I cannot imagine a life without it. It provides the community with valuable information, great books to read, stimulating conversions with knowledgeable librarians and fun free events."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Faces Falling Budget, Plans Advocacy, Changes
Facing a decrease in Regional Asset District (RAD) sales tax collections, the Carnegie Library of Carnegie Library of PittsburghPittsburgh may see a loss or consolidation of branch locations as well as reduction in services, though a new campaign aims to increase support.
Library Journal
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Carnegie Library seeks RAD funding increase
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will seek a 10.1 percent increase in Allegheny Regional Asset District funding when it presents its 2010 budget to the RAD board Aug. 25.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SHELF LIFE: Rereading part of library theme for summer
"Rereading is an important part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's summer reading theme for adults, "Reduce, Reuse, Reread" -- a timely slogan in a number of ways. 'Reduce' stands for reducing spending on books (and DVDs, CDs, video games, magazines and other materials) by using a library card -- a great way to stretch a budget during the recession."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 26, 2009

Residents eye ways to preserve city libraries
When Isabella Romano heard that her local library could close because of financial problems with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, she took action. "I got my Hannah Montana wallet," said Isabella, 7, of Beechview.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, July 19, 2009

Town hall meeting addresses future of Carnegie Library system
About 100 people came out to Carrick High School this morning for a town hall meeting to get input from the public on the future of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh given a projected $6.1 million deficit expected in five years.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Who ya gonna call? BOOK DUSTERS!
"Walkabout found eight volunteers this morning wiping down books to help the library staff prepare for the big move to the new branch next week. They live all over the North Side's various neighborhoods and should be applauded -- clap-clap-clap -- for doing a tedious job to help a great institution."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 17, 2009

Many offer budget advice for library. Fundraising or tax increase suggested
More than 45 speakers, including Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields, last night offered officials of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh simple advice on how to weather its looming budget deficit - - find more money.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, July 17, 2009

Carnegie Library hears tips to save on costs
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh supporters offered a number of solutions Thursday for the nonprofit's looming budget deficit, such as seeking donations of used materials, using more volunteers and charging fees for certain services.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Friday, July 17, 2009

Homewood library brings in noted author Murray
On June 8th, Victoria Christopher Murray shared personal stories, read a few pages from Lady Jasmine, and signed books at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The appearance and book signing was hosted by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh.
New Pittsburgh Courier
July 9, 2009

Allegheny Regional Asset District continues hold on spending
Yesterday's announcement by the RAD Board that it would continue withholding 10 percent of operating grants and all discretionary capital grants at least for two more months worried officials of the Carnegie Library, which relies on RAD for about 72 percent of its operating money.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 9, 2009

RAD sticks to its plan to withhold 10% of grants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 9, 2009

Library asks for cost-saving ideas
Anticipating a $6 million budget deficit by 2014, the Carnegie Library is asking the public this month for ways to save money.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Work Zone: Book urges simplification, determining top priorities
Read CLP librarian Natalie Lustig's review of The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, July 06, 2009

KDKA Sunday Business Page
Barbara K. Mistick, President and Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, talks about the library system's financial problems as funding continues to be cut.
KDKA TV
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Teen picked to paint Carrick library mural
A mural designed by Shannon Johnston, 17, was chosen for the teen area of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick. Her design incorporates signs from businesses in Carrick where the teens like to hang out.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Random acts of kindness
"The storm that pounded our area a week ago Wednesday night left me stranded inside the safe confines of the Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library..." (Scroll down to read.)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Picked Pittsburgh: Karen Lillis' Escape from New York
Author Karen Lillis moved to Pittsburgh from New York and one of her favorite hangouts is the main branch of the Carnegie Library in Oakland.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 24, 2009

At Carnegie Library, officials talk volumes of money woes
As the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh continues to serve more and more people and to renovate its aging branches, it anticipates a sharp decline in government support, including a $1.6 million cut in 2010 with more to follow, library leaders warned yesterday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 23, 2009

Financial situation dire for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh faces a deficit that, left unchecked, could grow to $6.1 million by 2014, and its budget can't be reduced any further without affecting services, officials said Monday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 23, 2009

Carnegie Library Expects Budget Hole In Future
"For years, officials at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh say they have been able to overcome the challenge of increasing costs and decreasing revenues by cutting expenses."
KDKA TV
June 22, 2009

Carnegie Library warns of $3 million shortfall
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said today it anticipates a $3 million budget shortfall next year in the face of possible declining government contributions and rising costs.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, June 22, 2009

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh warns of dire financial situation
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will hold a series of public meetings around the city next month to address a projected budget deficit that could grow to $6.1 million by 2014.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, June 22, 2009

Carnegie Library projecting $6M budget shortfall
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh this morning said it is projecting a $6 million shortfall by 2014 — about one-fourth of its current $23 million operating budget — if no changes are made to its system.
Pittsburgh Business Times
Monday, June 22, 2009

East Liberty branch of Carnegie Library to close for 15-month renovation
"A plan by the Carnegie Library to join in the renaissance of East Liberty's business district will leave the neighborhood with fewer books for more than a year during a renovation and expansion project."
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pittsburgh teen's art displays polar bears among Carnegie library books
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh commissioned teenage artists to create pieces for seven libraries. The artwork will be on display for at least six months.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 9, 2009

A Chronicle Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At The New Northside Library
The Northside Chronicle got a sneak peak at our new Allegheny location, scheduled to open in August.
Northside Chronicle
June 2009

Public libraries are needed now more than ever
"What Pittsburgh attraction provides $3 of economic output for every public dollar invested? The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you find this factoid unlikely, it is because the research that discovered it received an astounding lack of attention."
Pittsburgh Business Times
May 29, 2009

Three area libraries turn a new page
Both the East Liberty and Allegheny branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) are revitalizing their facilities.
PopCity
May 27, 2009

Zombies rise in teen lit
Read the latest book review of Karen Brooks-Reese, CLP's teen coordinator.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 26, 2009

City Walkabout: West End yesterday
"We're in the basement of the West End's Carnegie Library branch, about 16 of us assembled for Paul Sentner's annual slide and photo forum.
A native of Elliott, Paul is an aficionado of the histories of Pittsburgh's western neighborhoods. He shares his slides and photos to hear other people's stories and, in some cases, to have them help him ID people in old photos he collects."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 10, 2009

Fanfare: Quiet? Oh, Please! (scroll down)
It isn't every Friday that you can enjoy sipping a Cosmo while standing in the company of Ernest Hemmingway, Edgar Allan Poe and Virginia Woolf, but 200-plus bookworms had an absolute blast socializing amongst the shelves during the Deconstruction Party at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 18, 2009

Knoxville library features Asian twist
"At first glance, the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library may look like a Japanese hut in the middle of a mish-mash of urban sprawl...That's because the designer, Paul Schweikher (1903-1997), was heavily influenced by Japanese architecture, art and design."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 17, 2009

Federal Street development in home stretch
"Another part of the development set to open this summer is a $6 million Carnegie Library building. The new building, opening in late August, is being built to replace the Allegheny Regional branch that was damaged by lightning in April 2006."
New Pittsburgh Courier
May 14, 2009

City reading list light on the classics
Instead of classics by Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway, Pittsburgh Public Schools' recommended summer reading list is heavy with popular works to encourage students to read, period, during the summer break. Many of the summer selections may be found at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, May 03, 2009

Old Stone Inn may be oldest building in the city
"1793 accounts ledger indicates 1756 date on cornerstone may be accurate"
Efforts to save the Old Stone Inn, a West End landmark at 434 Greentree Road, have been aided by a 1793 to 1796 accounts ledger held in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's William R. Oliver Special Collections Room.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, May 03, 2009

Arts organizations try weathering economic storm
Carnegie Library has experienced budget and service cuts despite the fact that library visits were at a 17-year high.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Carnegie Library launches new kids Web site
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new Web site for kids, www.carnegielibrary.org/kids, is providing an exciting way for children to learn and have fun."
South Pittsburgh Reporter
April 20, 2009

The library was the place for chess and life lessons (Letter to the Editor)
"I work at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, but I'm not writing this as a librarian. I'm writing this as a mom. Last month, my son participated in the chess tournament at the main library in Oakland. It was a wonderful learning experience.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 19, 2009

Pittsburgh's Best of Green
"Best and Greenest Item in Your Wallet: Forget your credit card - a library card is the best accessory in your wallet. Check out a book at your local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. With our shifting economy and eco-interests, one of the greenest things you can do to stimulate your mind and save some green in your pocket is to read a borrowed book."
Pittsburgh Magazine
April 2009

You can feast at a library, but its costs are no fiction
Brian O'Neill points out that revenue for the library is flat (coming mainly from sales taxes) and the system has cut its hours at the same time that circulation and visits are up.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, March 29, 2009

One-stop shop for business info"
"Anyone looking for just about any information relating to business — best-selling books, prices stocks sold for decades ago, marketing plans, demographic data, contacts for job searches and more — would have a hard time finding a better one-stop shop than the Downtown & Business branch." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Famous sculptures dot city landscape
Near the main entrance [of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland), a granite pillar holding a bronze plaque honoring powerful Pittsburgh politician Christopher Lyman Magee (1848-1901) was created by none other than Irish-born American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), who ranks among the greatest American sculptors and monument builders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Here's to adventurous ladies who took to the road when it wasn't so proper
LUPEC - - Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails - - held a Women's History Jeopardy at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main on March 11, 2009.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Special day honors city's most famous friendly 'Neighbor'
Check out activities around Pittsburgh to celebrate Mr. Rogers, including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sweater Drives.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Charity drives
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced their March 20 children's book drive to benefit CLP.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Friday, March 06, 2009

Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers
Dean Myers appeared at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland on March 7 as part of the Black White and Read All Over series.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 3, 2009

One Book program to study 'The Giver'
Lois Lowry's classic young adult novel, "The Giver," is the focus of the county's One Book, One Community campaign that starts April 3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 3, 2009

Hard economic times a boon for libraries
"In times of recession, people take advantage of free services, and going to the library is among the most popular."
CNN
March 2, 2009

Troubled economy impacts libraries as mixed blessing
"As the economy worsens, more people are turning to the library for books and other resources, especially tools to help find work, library officials say. The irony is that as more patrons beat a path to the door, libraries are trying to maintain services as the recession takes a bite out of funding"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 22, 2009

Talking Books Available Statewide
LBPH is featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Pennsylvania Rural Health magazine (please see page 12). This magazine is sent by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at Penn State to 4,500 professionals, legislators and organizations around the state.

Pittsburgh Libraries See Rise In Attendance Due To Struggling Economy
"Tough economic times have translated into record setting attendance at all branches of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh".
WPXI
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oakland boiler plant ordered to reduce pollution
"The Bellefield Boiler Plant, made famous as the "Cloud Factory" in Michael Chabon's 1988 novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," is owned by a consortium that includes the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library, Children's Hospital, the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh School District."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ravenstahl, banks encourage residents to save
"Free money management seminars: Right on the Money. Learn how to plan for your financial future and help your kids learn positive money management skills in a four-part series. (CLP - Main).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Library plans Downtown parenting classes at lunchtime
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh next month will launch a series of free parenting classes Downtown that people can attend during their lunch breaks.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Take a day for art appreciation
Mark Kanny, the Tribune-Review classical music critic, suggests an evening with some titles from the Music, Film and Audio Collection at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main. Come check out La Traviata!
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, February 16, 2009

Challenges Facing Libraries in Tough Economic Times
"Nationwide more people applied for library cards last year than any time since they started keeping records in 1990. Just as library funding is being drastically reduced." Dr. Mistick appeared on KDKA’s Sunday Business Page to discuss the challenges facing the Library. A news segment from CBS News on the growing demand of library service precedes her interview.
KDKA
Sunday, February 8, 2009

State of our economy: Use of libraries booms
"The increase in demand for services is coming at a time when library funding is flat. Some libraries have had to reduce hours and Allegheny County library directors are bracing for a decrease in funding next year."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, February 05, 2009

Don't overlook this Hazelwood asset
Scroll down to the bottom of the letters to read Mary Ann McHarg’s letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the importance of the CLP-Hazelwood library.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Friday, January 30, 2009

Books on tape offered by Pennsylvania Regional Libraries
If you have vision problems, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides a free service that delivers recorded or Braille books to your home.
Daily American
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Oh the joy! Cacophony of kazoos reigns. Annual festival no ho-hummer for kids
"Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" trumpeted through the children's department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh yesterday, but there was a peculiar buzz in this hardly harmonious rendition."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Newbery Award judges seek next classics
"No matter how the winner is perceived, the criteria for selection will be the same, according to Georgene DeFilippo, coordinator of youth services at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and a former Newbery Medal judge."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, January 25, 2009

August Wilson's plays rooted in Pittsburgh's Hill District
"Wilson is the author of what has come to be called the Century Cycle, a series of 10 plays that chronicle African-American life, one for each decade of the 20th century. It's an astonishing achievement that places him in the company of Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams — even more astonishing in that Wilson was a ninth-grade dropout who gave credit for his education mainly to the Carnegie Library card he got at age 5."
St. Petersburg Times
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Carnegie Library needs new approach to thrive, study says
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh needs to find new income sources, cut expenses and possibly services, find more efficiencies and engage the community in more advocacy, according to a new report by the RAND Corporation."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, January 17

Signs of a weak economy can be seen everywhere
"Alycia Knauer frequently visits the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library in Oakland to get books on the law-school entrance exam."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 6, 2009