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The Best of 09 The Best of '09
Featured Collection December 2009

We know books, music, movies and more! Learn which titles received the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's staff stamp of approval, were customer favorites and won the hearts of critics.


Staff Picks

Best Children's Books
There are plenty of reasons to love a particular book--excellent illustrations, an exciting story, witty wordplay or hilarious humor. And there are just as many opportunities to argue over what makes a book the best. Whether you like your books short or long, silly or serious, there should be something on the list below that catches your eye. If not, just ask your friendly local librarian for a few more suggestions and keep searching until you find something you think is the best.
Best DVDs
A list of 2009's ten best DVD releases compiled by the hardworking clerks of the Film and Audio Department, with no outside interference from librarians.
Best Fiction
Do you have limited time for leisure reading? One of these titles is sure to please.
Best Music Books
A terrific variety of musician biographies, American popular music histories and music business handbooks should delight you music lovers! Budding instrumentalists and singers will appreciate the advice to be found in our new and sometimes off-beat technical guides, too.
Best Music CDs
Explore the Music Department with your ears and check out some of the shiniest of 2009's spinning, silvery discs.
Best Music DVDs
If you're looking for a change of pace from the usual feature film, consider these fascinating documentaries of emerging young musicians, world-renowned performers of our day, or unusual looks into the world of opera.
Best Music Scores and Instructional Materials
Just a hint of what has been added to these collections in '09. Be sure to drop by and browse your favorite section or check the online catalog from home, or call us with your request.

2009 Awards

2009 Children's Book Awards
Check out this year's Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Award winners and honor books.
2009 Cookbook Awards
Come in and check out the 2009 cookbook award winners and finalists. We've got almost all of them!
2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners
The 2009 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced Monday, April 20, 2009 at Columbia University. Here are the winners and finalists in Letters, Drama, and Music.