Andrew Carnegie’s Favorite Day

Photographer: B. L. H. Dabbs, copyright 1896

I can’t speak for the guy, but I’m pretty sure that if he were still around, today would be one of Andrew Carnegie‘s favorite days of the year.

This whole idea of #GivingTuesday?

I think he would have loved it.

(Connecting people with the idea of giving back to one’s community? Been there, done that back in 1895. Got the Library system to prove it.)

If you’re new to this concept, think of these days of the week like children. Giving Tuesday is an angelic, obedient kid as compared to that bratty in-your-face Cyber Monday.

Seriously, though, GivingTuesday is a very good thing. Philanthropy is something we’re in favor of here at the Library and, as it turns out, our collections have a wealth of information for all ages about generosity.

Our youngest readers can learn how to give through the concept of sharing. In our Children’s departments, you can find books and DVDs featuring childhood favorites such as The Berenstain Bears, the Muppets, Pittsburgh’s own Mister Rogers, and many others who cultivate a spirit of giving among children.

Grown-ups can find many resources on this topic, too. Although the majority of our users visit the Nonprofit Resource Center on the second floor of CLP-Main because they’re looking for sources of funding, much more can be found there. If you want to research a nonprofit you’re considering making a donation to (always a good idea, especially this time of year) you can visit CLP-Main to access the Library’s subscription to GuideStar for free.  With Guidestar, you can get information on the programs and finances of nearly 2 million IRS-recognized nonprofits across the United States. It is easy to use and updated each day.

Andrew Carnegie once said,  “My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth.”

Those were his very remarks during his presentation of the Carnegie Library to the People of Pittsburgh on November 5, 1895.

Which, y’know, just happened to be on a Tuesday.

~ Melissa F.

Giving Tuesday - CLP

Consider making a gift to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh TODAY during Giving Tuesday!

Your support will help to sustain a variety of library services in our community including early learning support for children.

Click here to give.

This Giving Tuesday, your support can have an even greater impact!
The Jack Buncher Foundation will provide $1 for every $3 the Library raises for operational support, up to $100,000.

For questions about Giving Tuesday or the Jack Buncher Foundation match,
visit our website, call us at 412.622.6276 or email us at

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