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We Are the Champions!

Team SignIt was a lazy Sunday afternoon, one of the first nice days of spring so far this year. 39 teams met to battle it out on the trivia field. It promised to be a battle for the ages. It was a battle where only one team would emerge victorious. That team was… the CLP Dewey Decimators!

The battle was the 6th Annual Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Trivia Bowl, which was held on April 7th at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Decimators were at the top of the pack for most of the competition, never falling below 4th place. Going into the final question, they were in second – 5 points behind the leader and last year’s champion. With the bravado of someone who knows they have to “go big or go home,” the Decimators bet all of their points on the final question.  (The final question was “Although they have since been disputed, according to recent reports Columbia University students are consuming up to 100 lbs of what food per day?”  Scroll down for the answer.) They finished with 640 points, earning them the win!

Without further ado, let me introduce to you the winning team from the GPLC Trivia Bowl,GPLC Trivia Bowl Winning Team the CLP Dewey Decimators:  Lisa from the Finance & Administration Dept., Denise from our Homewood Library location, Mykal from Shelving & Stack Services at Main, and Megan from Children’s Dept. at East Liberty. (That’s our cardboard Andrew Carnegie standing with the team. He was there to inspire them.) Two of the winning team members were on Pittsburgh Today Live to talk about the Trivia Bowl and their victory.

It was a great victory, but it was ultimately a fundraiser for a worthy cause. The mission of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council dovetails nicely with the mission of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Many of our neighborhood library locations serve as sites for GPLC classes, workshops and tutoring sessions. The Library supports literacy and learning in all its forms and we always want the best for the individuals in our community. GPLC is one organization that helps our neighbors become the people they want to be, the people they can be.

The Library also has resources for ESL students, those looking to improve their literacy skills or get their GED. If you need us, the Library is here for you. We’ll get you the contacts and tools you need to succeed.

-Melissa M.

P.S. Here’s my favorite picture from the event…

Andy wears the Championship Belt!

Andy wears the Championship Belt!

P.P.S. The answer to the final question? Nutella.


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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

A forerunner of the current “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” this Depression era sing-songy phrase describes the way many folks are learning to manage their money during the current recession. Television, cable, clothes dryer, car — things that used to seem essential are open to redefinition as luxuries.


Repository: The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.

You already know that the library helps fill gaps caused by a reduced family budget: borrow rather than rent films; check books out instead of buying them. CLP also provides important services. At Main we host literacy classes of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Our library workers teach beginning computer skills, assist with job searches in our Job & Career Education Center, and provide homework help to children, teen, college, and adult learners. Some of these services take the form of scheduled programs, but everyday we work with library patrons individually, helping not only answer questions, but sometimes, and more importantly, formulating questions.

Our library is busier than ever. More people need more help. It’s a pattern libraries have seen before. The following paragraph from another urban library’s Web site could describe any Depression-era city library.

The Depression pummeled The Seattle Public Library. Jobless men seeking refuge crowded into the Central Library. Those looking for work or diversion snapped up library books at unprecedented levels, sending circulation past 4 million for the first time in 1932. Yet, at the same time, Library budgets shrunk precipitously, forcing layoffs of employees and termination of programs. The Library was caught in a painful double bind seen during tough economic times – soaring demands and evaporating resources.

Our library’s story mirrors the plight of libraries during the Great Depression. Governor Rendell’s proposed 2009-2010 budget cuts 5.1% from state support for library services. This includes a 2.3% cut to local libraries, as well as significant cuts to such services as shared databases (POWER Library), interlibrary loan, and Ask Here PA, the state’s virtual reference service.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

Use the library. Wear out our books. But don’t do without us. You can help raise awareness of your library’s vital community role. We need your help to restore funding for public libraries to 2008-2009 levels. Please visit CLP’s Advocacy Web page  to learn how you can help.

Thank you!


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