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Friday We’re In (Library) Love

Is Tuesday too early to start planning your Friday happy hour? We don’t think so, especially since tickets to our After Hours events tend to sell out. You are cordially invited to join us at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Lawrenceville on Friday, May 17, 2013,  between 6 – 8 p.m., for drinks, snacks, entertainment, and a closer look at the branch’s recent renovations.

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Only 225 tickets will be sold, so make sure you get yours by:

Need more reasons? Your ticket purchase supports the day-to-day operations of the library you love, and is partially tax-deductible to boot. Bonus: after After Hours, you can stick around the neighborhood with us to enjoy specials on drinks and/or food at several Lawrenceville establishments, including Eclipse Lounge and Tender Bar + Kitchen.

Have questions we didn’t cover in this blog post? Click here to learn more, or call/e-mail Jesse at 412.622.6276 ( dilauraj at carnegielibrary dot org).

Leigh Anne

with apologies to The Cure

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Books and Braaaaaaains

Admitting this will never make me popular, but I actually like Mondays. If you “did” your weekend correctly, your first day back to work should find you wreathed in an invisible bubble of awesome, satisfied with your lot and fortified to take on another week in corporate America. At least, that’s my theory.

For those of you who think my theory belongs in the wastepaper basket, consider this: if you make it through today, you can spend your evening hanging out with interesting people, talking about zombies, and perhaps enjoying a refreshing adult beverage. If that sounds appealing to you, join us for Book Buzz tonight at Remedy in Lawrenceville. where the reading selection on tap, as it were, will be Max Brooks’s World War Z, an extremely detailed examination of what the world might be like ten years into the zombie apocalypse so many of us secretly worry about when we should be updating a spreadsheet. The discussion starts at 7 p.m., and your hosts will be library staff who are fluent in all matters zombie-related – possibly more so than you, so you should definitely go and test their mettle!

Zombies and Pittsburgh go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so if you can’t make the discussion, check out some other brain-muncher picks from the Book Buzz staff. And keep your eye on their blog, as well as our website–you never know what the library staff will dream up next to keep your Mondays interesting.

–Leigh Anne

who frequently thinks about how the desks in her department could be used to barricade the front doors, if necessary

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We Are Family

closed2In Pittsburgh, we are truly family. When members of a family lose one of their own, they grieve. When they lose several, they hurt, more deeply than can be imagined.

For the moment, let’s put aside money and politics and contention and think about loss and what it means in our lives. Let us feel loss. The loss for our neighbors. The loss for our friends. The loss for our colleagues.

The loss for our community.

Hazelwood, Beechview, West End, Lawrenceville, and Carrick and Knoxville.

As it stands now, the first four of these branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will close and the next two will combine into a new, yet to-be-built facility.

Many of us associated with the library, customers, staff and friends, are going through the various stages of loss that are so well known to all. Right now, we are in the very early stages.

Among poets, Emily Dickinson is, perhaps, the master of loss. Here is her evocative rendition of what we, as a community of neighbors, friends, and colleagues, are experiencing right now:

After great pain a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions–was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round –
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

This is the Hour of Lead –
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

– Don

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