Labor Day

A reminder that LBPH will be closed on Monday, September 1st in celebration of Labor Day. We resume normal hours for the rest of the week on Tuesday the 2nd.

Further BARD Maintenance

A further update from NLS concerning BARD users:

BARD is currently offline for system maintenance. We’re still working on the problem some folks are having with BARD mobile playing downloaded materials. The problem was a consequence of the system outage this weekend. We do not have an estimate right now when BARD will be back on line, but we are working on the problem with the utmost of urgency.

More YA Summer Reads

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

As summer rolls on, we here at Blogging Book Topics offer a few books for younger readers to get into. These titles range from the 1970s to the 2010s. From the frozen tundra, to Washington State in 1900, to a family vacation in Maine, these books are enjoyable for younger, and not-so-younger readers!

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean C George
DB 34451/ CL 9740
Julie, a 13-year-old Eskimo girl, runs away rather than agree to an arranged marriage. Lost and starving on the frozen tundra, she makes friends with a pack of wolves. Newbery Medal 1973. For grades 5-8.

Cover for Julie of the Wolves by George
by Judy Blume
DB 33199
The Tubmans and Hatchers are sharing a summer home in Maine, throwing together five-year-old Fudge, his older brother Peter, and Peter’s arch-enemy Sheila ‘Queen of Cooties’ Tubman for three long weeks! Mayhem becomes the order of the day as children, adults, and pets find themselves in one predicament after another. For grades 3-6. 1990.

The Trouble with May Amelia
by Jennifer L. Holm
DB 74608
Washington State, 1900. Living with seven brothers and a Finnish father who thinks girls are useless is difficult for twelve-year-old May Amelia. So May Amelia eagerly translates for her father when a man offers to buy their farm. Sequel to “Our Only May Amelia” (DB 50217). For grades 5-8.    2011.

LBPH at Fontana Fest 10

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be at the 10th annual Fontana Fest on Saturday, August 9 from 11-3 taking place at Highmark Stadium at Station Square. LBPH will be there, too! Stop by, get some information, play some games that are fun for the whole family and say hi!


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Best of BARD: July 2014

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

July is for thrills. If you need any proof, just check the Top Five downloads for BARD during the month, and you’ll see we like it action packed. Jack Reacher punches his way to the top of the list, but hot on his heels are the latest by Gross and Evanovich. At spot four, it’s nice that some are trying to relax and beach read, because Robyn Carr steps in and she almost never features explosions. Then it’s back to to mayhem with the sneaky J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith taking on the final spot with the sequel to The Silkworm. Check out the list below and keep the action coming as we close out summer.

Three Jack Reacher Novellas
by Lee Child
DB 78830
In “Deep Down,” Jack Reacher matches wits with four formidable females. In “Second Son,” at thirteen in Okinawa, Jack Reacher already knows how to outwit and overpower anyone. In “High Heat,” sixteen-year-old Jack Reacher deals with a New York City heat wave, murder spree, and blackout. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

Cover for Everything to Lose by GrossEverything to Lose
by Andrew Gross
DB 78704
Single mom Hilary Cantor can just barely pay for school and therapy for her son who has Asperger’s syndrome–but then loses her job. At the scene of a fatal car accident she finds thousands of dollars in a bag. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2014.


Top Secret Twenty-One
by Janet Evanovich
DB 78831
New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer Jimmy Poletti was caught selling a lot more than used cars. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. But leads keep turning into dead bodies. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

The ChanceCover for Robert Galbraith's The Silkworm
by Robyn Carr
DB 78444
FBI agent Laine Carrington returns to Thunder Point, Oregon, to recuperate from a gunshot wound she sustained in “The Hero” (DB 77556). She meets ex-con mechanic Eric Gentry, and they fall in love despite their disparate backgrounds. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith
DB 78834
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. As Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes: the novelist had just completed a manuscript featuring poison-pen portraits of almost everyone he knows. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

National Night Out

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is taking part in the National Night Out event. Our branch will be open from 5-8 PM on August 5, 2014. Stop by and say hi and sign up for a library card tonight!

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