Friday, May 26, 2006

Here comes the rain again

Welcome to one more burst in the recent rain of new books. I just posted another bunch of fiction & nonfiction to our New Books Blog, so check them out. I'll put up the new graphic novels there sometime soon as well. Have a happy (and dry) holiday weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

My fingers hurt.

I just posted SO MANY new books to the New Books Blog. Trust me, there's a little something for everyone: sci-fi, chick lit, non-fiction...the list goes on and on and on. Seriously. Check it out...and then check the books out.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Listen to our Podcast!

The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) of the Main library created a podcast about the activities they participate in and the books they read. This digital audio project was created as a shout-out to the Trails West Teen Advisory Council of Kansas City, who will respond to our podcast through one of their own.

Listen to our MP3 to find out what the TAC is all about. You might find yourself wanting to meet this crazy, wacky, group of enthusiastic slinkster cool teenagers. If so, hang out with us this summer during Dance Dance Revolution Tuesdays and Game On! Thursdays. (Not to mention the other programs -- there will be something going on every day of the week!)

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Podcast

Right Click on this link, and select "Save As", and then you will be prompted to save the podcast onto your computer or mp3 player.

Signing Out,

Stephanie, the summer intern

Friday, May 19, 2006

New Books!

The new non-fiction and graphic novels that came in this week have been added to the New Books Blog. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

We have interns!!

Summer's getting closer, and we're getting busier! We've got a lot of really cool things planned (including Go Game: Video Gaming at Your Library, but I'm going to save that post for another day), and luckily we have help to get it done.

Robyn, our fearless leader, has moved on to a position as Director at the Whitehall Public Library -- good for her! Before her departure, however, she lined up not one, but two interns for us. Stephanie, who will soon receive her MLIS (that's a Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences -- yes, you do need a master's degree to be a librarian) from the University of Pittsburgh; and Michael, a student at City Charter High School.

Both of our interns have lots of experience working with teens. Stephanie was a Youth Associate Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, MO before she moved to Pittsburgh to go back to school. Michael is a page at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick, and runs their Teen Advisory Council. They're both going to be helping out with our Teen Advisory Council. Our next meeting is this Sunday, the 21st. If you're interested in joing the Teen Advisory Council at CLP - Main, feel free to come to the meeting.

There will be cookies.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Dungeons and Dragons

There's good new and there's bad news.

The good news is that, after last summer's amazingly successful Dungeons and Dragons program, we'll be doing it again this year. Mark Russell, one of the library assistants on the First Floor will be running the program with help from Scott Pyle, the Reference Services librarian who played Dungeon Master last summer. The campaign begins on July 12th.

Here's the bad news: this year, we're only running one campaign instead of two. And, because of the nature of the game, the number of participants is limited to seven. And a few people have already registered. So, if you want to play D&D at the library this summer, give us a call (412-622-3121) or send us an email ( today!


Friday, May 05, 2006

New Books on the Blog

Well, I finally got all the new books from earlier in the week up on the new books blog. What's really scary is that, just as I was putting in the new fiction, another bin of new books was delivered to the Teen area. So, expect more new books soon. Maybe not today, though.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hello, Winchester-Thurston!

I am EXHAUSTED. I spent several hours this afternoon talking about books and the library to sixth graders at Winchester-Thurston, and it was excellent. Pretty much, this post is just to say "hi" to all the kids I told about the blog today...I hope all 45 (or so) of you read this post!

If any other folks from any other schools in the area are interested in having librarians come into your school to talk about books, or the library, or any other cool stuff like that, just tell your school librarian or one of your teachers to give us a call. We really enjoy doing it, and it gives us a chance to strut our stuff a little.

And, to the one Winchester-Thurston student I saw in here this afternoon, about ten minutes after I walked back in the door: Dang, that was fast!