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Au Revoir, Allentown!

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Today is the last day that the LYNCS outreach staff of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be providing library services at 1206 Arlington Avenue. This is a bittersweet transition for our department and our organization, after spending 2.5 years in this location, bringing library programming and services, and forming partnerships in this Hilltop neighborhood.

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In what began as the Pop-up Library in Allentown, our initially scheduled eighteen months in this space ended up becoming a year longer, thanks in a large part to a grant from the Birmingham Foundation and our partners at the Brashear Association. The Brashear Association is a non-profit providing services to families and children out of their offices on the South Side of Pittsburgh.  Our relationship with the Brashear Association began with some simple after school programming at the pop-up library on a monthly basis through which we discovered shared goals, especially where children are involved. Their continued partnering and presence in the space soon highlighted the fact that a need on the Hilltop was being met through the activities and programming in this neighborhood storefront by the library staff, and thus encouraged them to continue to do the same through their afterschool program and summer camp.

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We had some great moments over the 2.5 years – lots of fun programs, and we met so many great people. We’re so happy that the children and adults will continue to be served by the Brashear Association in their new space just around the corner on Warrington Avenue, and where we will continue to partner with them through occasional children and adult programming. You can follow their wonderful work at their Brashear Kids blog: http://www.brashearkids.com/

In the words of one of our pop-up library users:

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Maria J.

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We’re Souper, Thanks For Asking!

Looking for something to do next weekend that doesn’t involve pigskin and cleverly-designed attempts to part you from your hard-earned cash? Too depressed by the prospect of a certain sporting event without the hometown heroes in the mix? Interested in supporting your community while enjoying great local music in a warm, comfortable space filled with interesting things to read? You, my literate, music-loving, philanthropic friends, are in luck.

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Bonus: kitty gets an extra nap while you’re having fun at the library. Image via openphoto.net

On Sunday, February 3rd, Main Library will host the WYEP 13th Annual Alternative Souper Bowl between 12 and 3 p.m. Our friends at the station where the music matters have planned a terrific line-up of performers, including Broken FencesThe Deceptions, and The Billy Price Band. There will even be a special appearance, and performance, by the Pitt Repertory Theatre, and portions of the afternoon will be broadcast live on WYEP.

The really “souper” part about this fun, free event is that you’ll also have the opportunity to make a non-perishable food/sundries donation to HEARTH, a fellow Pittsburgh non-profit that shelters women and children in need.  Suggested donation items include pasta, cereal, juice, personal supplies, and cleaning supplies–click here for a complete list–but why not take a tip from our friends at the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and make a donation of items that can be easily combined into a meal?

We hope to see you here, foodstuffs in hand, ready to jam. Not quite the invitation you expected from a library? Maybe you should come see us before the event, just to catch up on all the amazing things we’ve been doing since your last visit. We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

–Leigh Anne

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