In case you haven’t noticed, there’s always something interesting happening at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. While those of us at Eleventh Stack are often writing about an upcoming event that we’d like our readers to know about, we seldom write about events that have already happened. So, I’ve put together a little summary of some of the great programs that were hosted by the First Floor: New and Featured Department this past weekend:
On Saturday we began our five-part personal finance speaker series, Money Matters, and Bobby Womack (left) of Neighborworks Western Pennsylvania gave an excellent talk on the ins and outs of buying versus renting a home. The second presentation in this series is Wednesday, April 29th at 6pm, and Jada Grandy of Fifth Third Bank and Iris Valentin of FDIC will be here to speak about understanding credit and debt.
Our Sunday afternoon programming featured poetry and science back to back. As part of our Sunday Poetry and Reading Series, local prizewinning poet Deborah Bogen (right) joined us to read from her books Landscape With Silos and Living by the Children’s Cemetery. CM Burroughs, a professor of poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, will be here to read on Sunday, May 17th at 2pm.
Sunday afternoon closed with local science writer Ann Gibbons’s (left) lecture at the Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: Popular Science Book Club. Ann talked about the research she did for her book, The First Human, and made many insightful remarks about human evolution. Black Holes will discuss Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish on Sunday, June 21st at 3:30pm, and a scientist from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will be bringing fossils to demonstrate some of the points Shubin makes about tetrapod evolution.