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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 donors@carnegielibrary.org.

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Your Library. Stronger with you.

The Library is so many things.

It is books, of course. And music and films.

It is every child ready to learn.

It is supporting business innovation.

It is connecting a community of neighbors.

With your kind and caring financial contributions, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is able to support individual achievement and the power of community. Now, your gift can have even more of an impact.

Your gift made to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh between now and December 31, 2014 will be partially matched by the Jack Buncher Foundation, which will provide $1 for every $3 the Library raises for operational support, up to $100,000.

This is your library, and we are stronger with you.

Click here to give today!

Thank you for supporting Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!


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A friend in Japan, a friend to Japan

My best friend is one of the many Americans who live and work in Japan. On Friday afternoon at about 2:45 PM local time, she was curled up under her desk, thinking about her loved ones, praying for her safety, and riding out one of the worst earthquakes on record.

When I asked her if she’d like to share her story on this blog, she said that she still hadn’t come to terms with the quake and was unable to write about it – though she did give me permission to tell you about her, for which I am grateful.

My friend lives inland, in the mountains, a good three hours south of the most devastated parts of Japan. She’s safe. Her friends are safe. She has food and water and shelter and (most of the time) electricity. Her possessions are undamaged. She’s very lucky, and she knows it. But still, my friend can’t put her feelings into words just yet.

Compare her situation to that of the unlucky hundreds of thousands who live further north. I can’t even begin to comprehend what they’re living through, and in a way, I think it would be presumptuous to even try. There is no way I can do justice to their suffering.

What I can do (and what I have suggested to some of my other friends) is make a donation to a reputable charity. I can’t go to Japan and help with the search and rescue operations. I can’t distribute supplies. I can’t provide medical care. But I can make it possible for trained professionals to reach these areas and help the people of Japan in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.

So please, if you are so inclined and are able, consider supporting the relief efforts in Japan. At the end of this post there is a list of organizations that you can contact, though of course you are always welcome to choose your own. And if you’d care to suggest any other organizations, please do so in the comments section.

– Amy

The world of dew
is a world of dew,
and yet, and yet…

– Issa, translated by Robert Hass

Giving Tools

  • Charity Navigator is  a nonprofit organization that analyzes the finances of charitable organizations, so you can choose the charity where your money will do the most good. The site also provides tips to help you plan when and how to donate.
  • Forbes magazine provides a list of America’s 200 largest charities. If you sort the table by “Charitable Commitment,” you can see which charities are most efficient with your donations.
  • Safe Donations to Victims of the Tsunami in Japan – helpful advice for donations at any time, really. From Consumerism Commentary.

Selected Charities

  • AmeriCares specializes in emergency response and disaster relief assistance. Their emergency response manager is already in Japan.
  • Pittsburgh-based Brother’s Brother Foundation is partnering with the Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania, just as they did after the 1995 earthquake in Kobe. Forbes magazine also considers them one of the country’s most efficient charities.
  • Direct Relief International provides medical supplies and equipment.
  • One of my coworkers who lived in northeastern Japan for two years knows the people at Jhelp, who are currently working in Sendai. They even accept donated airline miles so that they can bring in more volunteers.
  • World Vision is an organization that usually provides microloans, but in this case has switched to accepting donations.

Additional links


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Celebrating National Library Week

Did you know that it’s National Library Week? Yes, it’s true – a whole week to love your library even more than you usually do. May we recommend some ways to celebrate?

Do you remember the first time you fell in library love?  It happened to me as a pre-teen.  I was already a pretty serious library user, staggering to and from my house (uphill, both ways!) with armsful of books.  It was, however, the serendipitous discovery of The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death that made me the fine, upstanding individual I am today. Ten pages in, I realized that there was more on heaven and earth, Horatio, than I’d dreamed of in my philosophy.

I am, of course, a wee bit biased.  How did you get to know the library?  Tell the world by leaving us a comment, or sending us an e-mail.

–Leigh Anne

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