Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

Black Holes and Gadgets

Are you interested in discussing the mysteries of the human mind? Do you have questions about the latest eReader technology? If so, mark your calendars for these two upcoming library events.

The first is Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s popular science book club. The book club’s theme for Spring 2011 is Best Science Books of 2010. Black Holes members chose three of the most highly esteemed science books of 2010 to read and discuss. The second book, The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks, will be discussed this Sunday, March 20th, 2011 from 3:30-4:30pm in the Director’s Conference Room at CLP – Main.

Oliver Sacks is well-known for his terrific books on abnormal psychology, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia. His latest explores the connection between vision and mind, focusing on six clinical tales that demonstrate how vision impairment influences the way we perceive reality. It’s worth mentioning, too, that someone new will be taking over the club, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet her at the next meeting.

Also, on Saturday, April 2nd from 12:00-2:00pm, my colleague Sarah and I will be hosting a Gadget Lab in the Quiet Reading Room of the First Floor: New and Featured Department. The Gadget Lab will give you the opportunity to stop by and get your hands on some eReaders, tablet computers, and MP3 players. You’re also welcome to bring your own gadget so we can help you understand how it works. And, we’ll be able to give you a tour of the Library’s eResources, including Overdrive, where you can borrow free eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo.

I hope you can make it out to both of these programs!


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