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2010 News Releases

Make The Holidays More Memorable With Last Minute Gift Ideas From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
December 22, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has many last-minute holiday gifts that are perfect for the bibliophile or proud Pittsburgher on your shopping list. Proceeds from all sales benefit library service.

Neighborhood Libraries to Remain Open
December 13, 2010: At its December meeting, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to keep all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches open, officially repealing the portion of a 2009 Action Plan that would have reduced the number of branches in the system by the end of 2010. The board also approved a $23,956,000 operating budget for 2011, cautioning that next year is another critical funding year for the Library. Without stable funding in place, the Library will not be able to sustain its current system long-term.

Carnegie Library Director Dr. Barbara K. Mistick to Leave Post in 2011 Trustees Plan to Launch Search for New Director
December 13, 2010: Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, President and Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, today informed the Library's Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled board meeting that she will be leaving her position when her existing agreement with the Library expires on May 31, 2011.

Ready, Set, Read! Winter Read-a-Thon to help raise money for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
December 7, 2010: Dubbed the “coziest and easiest fundraiser ever,” the Library’s Winter Read-a-Thon encourages every Pittsburgh resident to step away from their television sets during the City’s coldest months and spend a few hours reading.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Implement “Green” Policy for Overdue Notices and Hold Requests
December 1, 2010: As of January 2011 postal notices will no longer be mailed to Library customers.

Community Input Sought for Renovation of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side
November 11, 2010: Community invited to join the conversation during open forum on Wednesday, November 17 at 6pm at CLP – South Side, 2205 East Carson Street.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Releases Update to the Community
October 27, 2010: Today, the Library released the third in a series of community updates in an ongoing effort to keep the community informed about library issues.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board Meets
October 18, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees held its quarterly Board Meeting on Monday, October 18. During the meeting, the Board received an interim report from the ten-member Public Private Task Force on Sustainable Library Funding, was briefed on the outcome of the Library’s year-long community engagement process and voted to move forward with the next projects in its Libraries for LIFE capital campaign -- a renovation to CLP–South Side and the potential merger of CLP–Carrick and CLP–Knoxville.

Teens Go “Behind the Books” with Leviathan Author Scott Westerfeld
September 30, 2010: Local teens will have the opportunity to interact with renowned author Scott Westerfeld during Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Behind the Book: Authors Talk to Teens lecture series.

Ideas and Opinions are Needed to Shape the Future of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!
September 7, 2010: Final round of Community Workshops announced to discuss the future of library service.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Celebrate a New Beginning
August 19, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty to open Saturday, August 28 with community celebration.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Releases Update to the Community
August 5, 2010: For the past seven months Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the community have been working together to find options for sustainability. Today, Library officials released the second in a series of Community Updates to keep all community members apprised of important milestones and progress made toward the long-term financial and operational heath of the system.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Receives International Acclaim for Public Relations Materials
July 30, 2010: Four promotional items created by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Office of Communications & Creative Services were honored in Washington, D.C. during the Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) 2010 Best in Show Competition.

Teen Aboveground Fest: Music & Art for Teens by Teens
July 21, 2010: Hundreds of teens are expected to invade the lawn at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main in Oakland during Teen Aboveground Fest, an afternoon of music and art.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh seeks short-term increase from Allegheny Regional Asset District to keep locations, hours, programs and services in 2011
July 19, 2010: In a letter to the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh officials submitted a 2011 operating budget request of $19,324,700.

168 Days Remain for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Find Long-Term Solutions to its Funding Crisis
July 16, 2010: Community workshops set for this weekend to discuss Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s future.

Tenth Project in Libraries for LIFE Capital Improvement Program Nears Completion
July 8, 2010: Before the books move in and the Library officially opens next month, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty is hosting a community and media preview of the newly-renovated and expanded library.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Locations without Air Conditioning will Close in the Afternoon as Pittsburgh Experiences Extreme Temperatures
July 7, 2010: Pittsburgh’s extreme temperatures are forcing four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations without air conditioning (South Side, Lawrenceville, Mt. Washington, West End) to suspend afternoon service for the next two days. The Library is taking precautions to protect employees and customers.

Extreme Temperatures Force Four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Locations to Close Temporarily
July 6, 2010: Pittsburgh’s heat and high humidity level is forcing four Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations (South Side, Lawrenceville, Mt. Washington, West End) to cancel scheduled programs and close temporarily. Located in historic buildings, the libraries are not equipped with air conditioning.

Statement from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Regarding Pennsylvania 2010-2011 Fiscal Year Budget
June 30, 2010: Under Pennsylvania’s 2010-2011 budget, announced yesterday by Governor Ed Rendell, state-wide library funding was once again reduced...The Library continues to work on finding a solution for sustainable long-term funding and invites the public to weigh in on this pressing issue.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcomes New Trustees
June 10, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees announces the appointment of two new members, the re-election of five term trustees and the election of four officers.

Make a Splash @ Your Library! Read.
June 2, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer Reading with its 10thAnnual Extravaganza

228 Days Remain for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Find Long-Term Solutions to its Funding Crisis
May 17, 2010: Tonight’s Community Workshop to Discuss Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Future

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board Meets
May 10, 2010: As Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees met on May 10, the focus was on community engagement and the critical need to identify long-term sustainable funding for the Library system. The meeting included the election of new trustees and officers.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Releases Poetry Anthology
Local poets and writers to give readings from Natural Language: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry and Reading Series Anthology during a reception on May 8.
April 29, 2010: To honor the creative work of Pittsburgh’s literary talent, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is releasing an anthology of work from its popular Sunday Poetry and Reading Series.

Community Workshops Planned to Discuss Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Future
The conversation around library service and sustainable long-term funding continues May 15, 16 and 17.
April 28, 2010: Community members interested in working with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to find a solution for sustainable long-term funding are invited to attend a series of workshops focused on the Library’s future.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Releases Update to the Community
April 27, 2010: Community members interested in helping Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have a new tool to update them on the Library’s progress.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Wins Two Statewide Awards
April 26, 2010: Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has recognized Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County with two Best Practices in Early Learning Awards.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Launches New & Improved Donor Plus Program
April 12, 2010: To provide an easy way for community members to support their library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is relaunching its successful Donor Plus library card program. The purpose of the program is to help generate sustainable annual funding for critical library services.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Woods Run Awarded Prestigious LEED® Silver Green Building Certification
April 5, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) announced today that the renovation of its Woods Run library has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

An Open Letter to Our Community
March 30, 2010: The Regional Asset District (RAD) has released the Special Audit of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh performed by Parente Beard. The report validates that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh took a reasonable approach to identifying possible solutions to our funding crisis last year.

Calling All Teens. Express Yourself and Be Heard!
March 19, 2010: Creative teens with a passion for writing can find their voices through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2010 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest. Open to all high school students (grades 9 through 12) in Allegheny County, the contest is an opportunity for teens to showcase their writing talents, improve skills and have their work published in an anthology which will distributed to all area libraries. Monetary prizes will be awarded for first ($250) and second ($100) place entries in three categories: poetry, short fiction and narrative nonfiction. All entries must be received by May 21, 2010.

Teens Go “Behind the Books” at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
March 8, 2010: Local teens will have the opportunity to interact with several renowned authors during Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Behind the Book: Authors Talk to Teens lecture series. Contemporary authors, Coe Booth and Lisa McMann will visit the Library to discuss their writing process, answer questions and explore the themes and issues prevalent in their books.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board Meets
February 23, 2010: As Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees met on February 22, the focus was on long-term sustainable funding and community engagement.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Receives Nearly $500,000 in Grants
February 15, 2010: Recent grants awarded to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will enable the Library to preserve historical collections, provide free computer training classes and produce energy efficient upgrades to its East Liberty location.

Letter to Governor Rendell from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Library Directors
February 2, 2010: "As you prepare for your 2010-2011 budget release on February 9, we want to remind you of the key role public libraries play in the educational fabric of the communities we serve."

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcomes New Trustees
January 27, 2010: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees announces the appointment of six new members and the election of one Life Trustee.

Colcom Foundation Grant Awarded to Enhance Library Service to City Residents
January 22, 2010: City residents will have greater opportunity to engage with library staff and services thanks to a grant to expand Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s community outreach programs.