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LBPH News From Pennsylvania

What's Happening at Pennsylvania's LBPH

Page last updated March 28, 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.


LBPH Web Pages Redesigned
For Easier Navigation

In the spirit of constant improvement, we have redesigned the layout of our Web Pages. The goal was to have pages with a more pleasing visual look and be easier to navigate. This design concept is an extension of our Blogging Book Topics page. In addition to the visible part of the page, there are many invisible, behind the scenes changes and some improvements, like the Emergency Closing Messages, are only visible when needed.

As time goes on, our new look will be applied to all our web pages, but for now, the redesign is live on this LBPH News Page, Pennsylvania Home Grown (featuring our locally produced titles, In The Bag (a monthly listing of recently added Large Print Titles) and the In The Bag Archive (back issues of In The Bag).

These changes are only the beginning, expect more enhancements to the web site as we go forward into the New year. Your feedback and suggestions for further improvements are encouraged! You can send feedback via e-mail with 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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Our staff is passionate about books and reading. Every morning when we come to the library to present you with the best talking book service possible, our staff knows we have a fun day ahead talking with each other about the books that excite us — we discuss the books we love, new books we’re checking out for the first time, and also pass along recommendations that we hear from you. We’ve long thought that it would be exciting if we could somehow share these conversations with you. Now, we can. We’re thrilled to present “BLOGGING BOOK TOPICS” as a place where we can share with you our favorite reads — a place where you can expect to find staff picks, to learn about exciting new titles, to read about some of our all-time favorite books, and to discover great new authors.

We’ll also use “BLOGGING BOOK TOPICS” to keep you updated about what’s happening at our library, provide you with updates and tips for using BARD and from time to time provide answers to some commonly asked questions.

Many of us here at LBPH will contribute to the blog as we go along, so expect different insights and information as we highlight the numerous interests of our team of writers.

Check back often, and let us know what you think. As always, feel free to give us a call 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 two new titles, just harvested, included in our
“Pennsylvania Home Grown” collection:

  • Cover art for bookThe Book of Jonas
  • By Stephen Dau
  • Narrated by Mark Metzler
  • DBL 459Graphic 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
  • When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East, fifteen-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in Pittsburgh. Eventually, he tells a court-mandated counselor about a U.S. soldier, Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life on the tragic night in question. When Jonas meets Christopher’s mother, a shocking and painful secret gradually surfaces from the past. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 42 Minutes
  • Cover art for bookThou Shalt Kill
  • By Daniel Blake
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • DBL 424Graphic 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
  • Hardened Pittsburgh homicide detective, Franco Patrese, is teamed with old timer Mark Beradino to find a serial killer on a mission to commit murder according to the ten commandments. Their investigation uncovers high-class prostitution, medical scams, and religious obsession, but what Patrese doesn't realize is just how close to the case he really is. Strong Language, Violence, Descriptions of Sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 16 Hours and 23 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 April is:

  • King and Maxwell
  • by David Baldacci
  • CL 15237
  • A teenager hires ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to find out the truth after he receives a communication from his father — who was reported killed in action in Afghanistan. Their investigation leads to the highest levels of power. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013

For more recently added Large Print titles,

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Community Events

Talking Books @ LBPH

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Updated 1/14/2014

The next Talking Books @ LBPH discussion will be on Thursday, April 17 at 1pm. The topic is history and the book will be Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, by Gretel Ehrlich
(DB 76416)

About the book:

Nature writer traveled to Japan to interview survivors of the March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that destroyed the northeastern coast. Shares the stories of fishermen, rice farmers, monks, the elderly, and others who endured terror and tragedy while struggling to survive. 2013

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
or
412-687-2440

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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 closing will be:

  • Monday, May 26, 2014
    for Memorial Day

Remember, we are always open on-line!

You may also order books by voice using VOPAC

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