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LBPH News From Pennsylvania

What's Happening at Pennsylvania's LBPH

Page last updated August 29, 2014

Moving at the speed of the Internet, the Pennsylvania LBPH News Page is your source for the most current information about our vital community. Check here first for location information, hours of operation and emergency notifications effecting your Library.

Why You Should Be Using Digital Books

Just a Reminder!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) stopped production of cassette books in 2010. If you receive only cassette books, you may want to consider adding Digital Book (DB) service. Why?

  • New books are available only on DB.
  • Magazines are available only on DB.
  • Damaged cassette books are not being replaced.

And the digital book player is so much better!

  • It is easy to use:
  • Buttons on the player provide audio feedback.
  • DBs are complete on one cartridge.
  • It is smaller than the cassette player.
  • It has superior sound quality.

So, why not give digital books a try? Contact us at 1-800-242-0586 with any questions or to get started!

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Citiparks Summer Magazine 2014
Now Available For Audio Download

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Not sure what to do this summer? Citiparks can help!

Your City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation has prepared a comprehensive guide to all the activities planned to make this a Fun Filled Summer. The guide covers events by type and location with additional listings showing Community Festivals.

You can get a free printed copy at your local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch, including the Library for the Blind, and many other locations around the City.

Need an audio version? Not a problem! The Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has recorded versions available now. If you have a Digital Audio Book Player as part of our program, contact us for a copy compatible with your player. You can request a copy by calling us at:

Can't wait?

You can download an MP3 version of the Citiparks Summer Guide, playable through any mobile device or your computer, using the links below. Because this audio production is large, and MP3 files have no navigation markers, we have made relevant sections available as separate files for download and one downloadable file of the complete guide. You will need to unzip these files before playing them.

Click On Any Description Below
To Download That Title

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From the Mayor:

Opening words from

Mayor William Peduto

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From the Director:

Opening words from

Jim Griffin, Acting Director

of Parks & Recreation

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Non-competitive fun

things happening around


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Tennis, Running,

Swim Meets, Basketball

and more!

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Non-competitive Swimming,

Pool Tag, Swimming Lessons

Day Camps and Sports Instruction

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Community Services

Life Long Healthy Living,

Summer Farmers' Markets,

and Food Service Programs

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Special attractions featured

at your local parks

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Mentions of the companies

and organizations underwriting

the Citiparks Summer Programs

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Find a Picnic Shelter, Recreation

Center, Swimming Pool or helpful

Phone Numbers for your local park

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Download All At Once

Download all 9 audio files

as a single zip file. This download

is 256 MB and may take a while.

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Pardon Our (Electronic) Dust!

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A New Version Of The
OPAC Website To Be Available Soon

We are sorry to report that we have had a series of errors occurring with OPAC, the Online Catalog website. The most notable of these was some searches not completing and people were reporting the error to us. It was also discovered that numerous titles were not showing up as being available.

As of Friday, May 16, 2014, we are pleased to announce that our Staff has begun training on the new version of OPAC. In addition to fixing the search problems mentioned above, the computer the website lives on has been replaced with a new, more robust, computer. This means your searches will take much less time than before. The current OPAC website will remain in operation while the Staff completes their training, so you are still able to order the books you enjoy.

Update: 5/22/2014
It seems the rewrite of the Online Catalog will need to be more extensive than we first thought. We just received word that new catalog will not be ready until some time in July. Until then, please be patient. Your feedback and suggestions for further improvements are encouraged! You can send feedback via e-mail using this address:

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BARD On Your iPhone or iPad

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Yes, you read that right: you can now access BARD Materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. As long as you are using iOS 4.3 or greater, you can listen to BARD books using your mobile Apple device.

You may download the BARD App direct from the iTunes store by following the link below:

You must be a registered BARD user to take advantage of the BARD App, so if you are not already signed up, contact us now to get your BARD Account!

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Blogging Book Topics

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This is the official blog by the staff at Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that discusses the collection as well as the services offered through the National Library Service. We share book lists, favorite authors, as well as news and events relevant to the CLP-LBPH community.

Check the blog often as it is updated frequently. As always, comments and suggestion are welcome. Call us at 1-800-242-0586, or send us e-mail at

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Featured Locally Produced Digital Talking Books

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Our volunteer narrators and editors are always busy expanding our collection of Pennsylvania related titles. Here is our newest title, just harvested, included in our
“Pennsylvania Home Grown” collection:

  • Cover art for this bookSystem of Hideouts
  • By Heather McNaugher
  • Narrated by Heather McNaugher
  • DBL 440Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Through her raw, lyrical poetry, local Pittsburgh author Heather McNaugher explore themes of family and sexual identity, excavating the complications of her lesbian relationships with loved ones, ex-loved ones, and the uncertainties of coming of age. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 1 Hours and 6 Minutes

In addition to new digitally recorded titles, our volunteers are also hard at work converting our cassette collection and digitally remastering them for re-release. To see a more complete listing of local produced Digital Talking Books for readers of all ages,

Funding for the library’s recording studio was made possible by the Western Pennsylvania Medical Eye Bank Foundation and the FISA Foundation. Additional funding was provided by an LSTA grant through the Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania.

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In The Bag

Showcasing Newly Added Large Print Titles

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With more and more new books coming out in Large Print, it is hard to keep track of the new releases. “In The Bag” offers a monthly summary of the latest releases and a look at some classic titles. Our hot pick for September is:

  • Blossom Street BridesBook cover for “Featured Large Print Title of the Month”
  • by Debbie Macomber
  • CL 15347
  • Lydia’s Seattle knitting shop, called A Good Yarn, struggles. The shop is the backdrop for romances and family dramas. Jeweler Lauren has just given up on her long-time boyfriend when she meets a very different sort of man. Bethanne’s new long-distance marriage is threatened by her ex-husband and her daughter. Bestseller. 2014

For more recently added Large Print titles,


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Community Events

Talking Books @ LBPH

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Updated 7/22/2014

The next Talking Books @ LBPH discussion will be on Thursday, August 21 at 1pm. The selected book is: The Fault in Our Stars,
by John Green (DB 74112).

Book cover for the featured book

About the book:

A miracle drug may have given sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel a few more years, but she is still depressed. Then Hazel meets cute Augustus during a support-group meeting and her world shifts in unexpected and inspiring ways. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook 2012

Don't miss out! If you enjoy discussing the books you read, you can join this group, by either sending an e-mail to the Library using the address below:

Or by calling the Library using either our Local or Toll Free number:

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Location and Directions

We are located on the South East corner of Baum and Enfield at 4724 Baum Boulevard, on the border of the historic Oakland district of Pittsburgh and convenient to the 71C / 71A Bus Route. A map of our location is below. If you are visiting us by car, limited on-street parking is available on Enfield Street, but be aware that you MUST enter Enfield from Center Avenue as Enfield is a one way street. The Library entrance faces Baum Boulevard.

Map for location of the Carnegie Library for the Blind

Directions from the South / South Hills

Cross the Liberty Bridge and exit onto Bigelow Boulevard, heading into Oakland. Stay on Bigelow Boulevard and bear Left after the Bloomfield exit, eventually turning Left onto Baum Boulevard. Turn Right on Melwood Avenue and take the next Left onto Centre Avenue. The second Left is Enfield Street (Neville Street is for buses and emergency vehicles only). Turn Left on Enfield Street and the Library is on the Right at the top of the street.

Directions from the East / Monroeville area

Connect with US-30 heading West. The Highway will eventually change names to Penn Avenue; stay on Penn Avenue until you come to Mellon Park. Turn Left onto 5th Avenue and stay on 5th Avenue approximately 1.7 miles. Turn Right on Morewood Avenue and continue for about half a mile. Turn Left on Centre Avenue. In two streets, turn Right on Enfield Street and the Library is on the Right at the top of the street. You MUST enter Enfield from Center Avenue as it is a one way street. The Library entrance faces Baum Boulevard.

Directions from the North / North Hills

Connect with I-279 heading South, into Pittsburgh. Take Exit 2A onto I-579 South towards the Veterans Bridge. Merge onto the ramp for 7th Avenue and stay Right towards 6th Avenue and follow signs to Consol Center / Bigelow Boulevard. Keep Left onto Bigelow Boulevard. Stay on Bigelow Boulevard and bear Left after the Bloomfield exit, eventually turning Left onto Baum Boulevard. Turn Right on Melwood Avenue and take the next Left onto Centre Avenue. The second Left is Enfield Street (Neville Street is for buses and emergency vehicles only). Turn Left on Enfield Street and the Library is on the Right at the top of the street.

If You Need Additional Directions

If you are coming from another direction, or if you need further clarification, call us:

Toll Free 800-242-0586

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Library Hours and
Scheduled Closings

Our normal business hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

Our next scheduled closings will be:

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    for Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    for Thanksgiving

Remember, we are always open on-line!

You may also order books by voice using VOPAC

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