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Bowling Benefit

A Bowl-A-Thon to benefit the Golden Triangle Council of the Blind will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm at Forward Lanes in Squirrel Hill. Registration will start at 12:00pm. Individuals and teams of all abilities welcome.

Admission is $15 per bowler, which includes three games, shoe rentals, and a thank you gift. Bowlers are encouraged to find sponsors, and the admission fee will be waived with $50 in sponsor funds. There will also be a prize raffle for bowlers—bowlers will earn one raffle ticket for every $5 in sponsor funds.

For more details, to reserve a space, to register a team, or to request a sponsor sheet, please contact Bonnie at 412-343-9900 or bnewland1@verizon.net.

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Books Change Lives

As Eric previously mentioned, last week was National Library Week and we celebrating by telling you about what some of our favorite books that changed our lives were. But enough about us, we also took the time to poll our users! Abbey and Kerry, who head the Talking Books @ LBPH book club that meets every two months, were kind enough to poll the room. Here's what books they said were life changing:

Lois: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (DB 33082/ CL 106)

Louise: The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes, starting with "The Bastard" (DB 52646)

Bonnie: Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote (DB 14231, 18984, 16016)

Marty: The Cat Who...Series by Lilian Jackson Braun, try "The Cat Who Brought Down the House" (DB 55345/ CL 7703)

Dorothy: The Godfather by Mario Puzo (DB 25677/ CL 104)

Sherri: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (DB 68308/ CL 13419)

Lois: A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford (DB 13727/ CL 4065)

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Legends Lost

April has now seen the loss of two of the great writers of their generation, Peter Matthiessen and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not often paired together, I still found it fitting to give them each their due respect as masters of their style.

Author Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen has the distinction of being the only writer to ever be awarded the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction, doing so most recently in 2008 for Shadow Country at the age of 81 for reimagining "The Watson Trilogy" he wrote decades prior. He is also co-founder of The Paris Review, for which I personally will be forever grateful. Give Matthiessen a try with:

  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
  • DB 68760
  • Reimagines the mythic life of E.J. Watson, a sugarcane planter in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Florida Everglades, who was despised and shot to pieces by his neighbors. Watson's favorite son becomes obsessed with his killing, and Watson's own memoir concludes this account. Strong language. National Book Award. 2008.
  • Snow Leopard
  • DB 14615
  • Account of a journey that began in September, 1973, when the novelist-explorer set out with field biologist George Schaller to the Crystal Mountain across the Himalayas on the Tibetan plateau. Schaller wished to observe the rutting of the blue sheep, and Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, hoped to find the Lama of Shey.
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, the winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, and influential as part of the "Latin American Boom" that brought the world's attention to his talents, as well as those of Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa. In my opinion, his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude begins with the most important and memorable line in literature:
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

Experience "Gabo" with:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • DB 59490
  • 1820s to 1920s. Latin American epic tale follows seven generations of the Buendia family through triumphs and disasters that parallel the fortunes and misfortunes of their utopian town, Macondo. By the Colombian Nobel Prize-winning author. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1967.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • DB 26981/ CL 13899
  • Set in an unnamed Latin American country. After an eminent physician dies, leaving behind a bereft but still vital widow, a man with whom she was involved before her marriage emerges anddeclares his continued love for her. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1988.

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Lives Change @ Your Library

April 13th through April 19th is National Library Week. The theme of the week this year is Lives Change @ Your Library. We’re no strangers to that! Here at LBPH we hear from our fantastic patrons quite a bit, and they often tell us that the service we provide, and the books they read do indeed change their live for the better!

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A quick poll around our Library of books that made a difference in the lives of some of staff include:

Tony (Library Assistant Book Selector): East of Eden by John Steinbeck (DB 49676/ CL 12104)

Eric (Library Assistant Book Selector): The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (DB 47486/ CL 7742, DB 47487/ CL 6368, and DB 47488/ CL 6372)

Devon (Public Services Librarian): Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (DB 50070/ CL 5337)

Abbey (Library Assistant Book Selector): Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Treasury by Betty MacDonald (DB 59857)

Jon (Senior Clerk, Registration): Deliverance by James Dickey (DB 25291)

This week think about a book that made a difference in your life. Maybe it’s time to re-visit a classic or a favorite and re-read it. Maybe it’s time to call us here at LBPH and talk about what the next book that makes a difference in your life may be!

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Opening Day

Dear readers, if you are anything like me, you were so excited for the baseball season's Opening Day that you forgot to write a blog post about it. Major League Baseball is fully under way at this point, and here at LBPH we are hoping the Pirates can continue their run from last year and become a perennial playoff team (and we wish no specific ill will to our neighbors/rivals across the state, the Phillies). Here's some books that might help you get in the spirit of our National Pastime:

PNC Park, Home of the Pirates
  • Pirate for Life
  • DBL 441
  • by Steve Blass
  • In the prime of his career, pitcher Steve Blass was finished at age 32. He tells the story of his life on and off the field from his Connecticut childhood to the beginning of his professional baseball career with a complete-game victory over Hall of Famer Don Drysdale in 1964 to his current role as broadcaster of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strong language. 2012.
  • Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero
  • DB 62447
  • by David Maraniss
  • Biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates' right fielder Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), one of the major league's first Latino players. Details Clemente's upbringing in Puerto Rico, his arrival to the majors, and the prejudice he endured. Discusses his charitable works and his death on a disaster relief flight. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.
  • Stan Musial: An American Life
  • DB 75337
  • by George Vecsay
  • New York Times sports columnist chronicles the life and career of St. Louis Cardinals slugger and Hall of Famer Stan Musial (born 1920). Highlights "Stan the Man's" Donora, Pennsylvania, childhood and his onfield success despite being overshadowed in the media by his flamboyant contemporaries Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. 2011.

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