LBPH News From Pennsylvania
What's Happening at Pennsylvania's LBPH
Page last updated October 2, 2015
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.
Monthly E-mail Newsletter Announced.
Subscriptions Being Taken Now!
Starting at the beginning of July 2015, our newsletter will be back, in a new format and with a new way of sending it out. Rather than printed mail, the newsletter will be available as a monthly e-mail sent to your e-mail address. We are going electronic in order to reach people faster and reach a wider audience than was possible with only a print version. As always, this is another free service for our patrons.
DVDs With Descriptive
Audio Track Now Available
Remember described videos, the movies in a VHS tape format that had a descriptive audio track to let everyone know what was going on during lulls in the sound track?
Well, the descriptive format has been updated to the newer DVD format and we now have over 80 DVDs with audio description in our catalog that you may receive the same way you get your books! All of our DVDs have information about playing the videos included in both large print and Braille.
Here is just one sample of the many titles in this new collection:
- The Descendents
- DVD 1019
- Starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. A bittersweet drama set in Hawaii about a detached father’s attempt to reconnect with his two daughters and their often hilarious quest for truth. 2011
- Viewing Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
- Rated R
* * * Please note that access to the descriptive audio track will vary from DVD to DVD, and from DVD player to DVD player. * * *
Want more information about ordering
DVDs with a descriptive audio track?
Order DVDs From The Catalog:
The New Online Catalog Is Up And Running!
After much testing and revision, the new OPAC is finally available to the public.
The new Online Catalog is designed to serve the full State of Pennsylvania and now has listings for the newly released Described DVDs. These movies are replacing the older VHS format movies and offer a descriptive audio track.
Because the new catalog has some changes to the way you use it and has more features, please read the Tutorial and Quick Start before using the catalog for the first time. These two documents will explain the new features and ordering process.
Ready to visit the new catalog?
Click the link below and go to
Braille Embossing Service For Patrons
Is Available At The Pittsburgh LBPH
The Pittsburgh LBPH has the capability of producing Braille documents for Pennsylvania LBPH patrons. We can Braille emboss any Microsoft Word document (.doc and .docx), WordPerfect document (.wps, .wp5, .wp6) or any ASCII Text File (.txt).
We do not have a formal procedure yet, but if you e-mail us the file (with some contact information in case there’s a problem with the file), we can emboss it and usually have it ready for pick-up, or return by mail, after Noon of the next business day. If you are outside the Pittsburgh area, please include your return address, and we will mail the completed documents back to you. For patrons that are able to bring their files to us, we can usually emboss them while they wait.
If this becomes a routine process, we will develop a more formalized standard to cover paper costs and implement document size limits. Please contact us if you have any questions:
BARD On Your iPhone or iPad
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!
Blogging Book Topics
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
Featured Locally Produced Digital Talking Books
Our volunteer narrators and editors are always busy expanding our collection of Pennsylvania related titles. Lately, they've been working overtime and here are three new titles, just harvested, from our
“Pennsylvania Home Grown” collection:
- Norman A Dog’s Life
- By George McGee
- Narrated by George McGee
- DBL 463Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
- Norman was beige Lhasa Apso born in Boston in 1983. One of a litter of seven, his features were perfect, except for the fact that he was oversize for the breed. Nonetheless, he was bought by the McGees and spent the remainder of his 17-year life as a member of their family. This is Norman's story, told in his own words. 2007
Listening Time: 1 Hour and 27 Minutes
- Love's Reckoning
- By Laura Frantz
- Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
- DBL 489Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
- In December 1784, Silas Ballantyne begins his apprenticeship with master blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Upon completion, Silas plans to move west. But because he is a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him on by invoking an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master’s daughters. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2012
Listening Time: 14 Hours and 56 Minutes
- Added: 8 / 26 / 2015
- An Honor to Serve
- By Richard Wissolik
- Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
- DBL 456Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
- This book recounts the World War II experiences of forty-five extraordinary Americans, including Pennsylvanians Thomas Katana of Latrobe, severely wounded during the Battle of the Bulge; Jonathan Lukowsky of Ford City, a sailor aboard the USS Santee when that ship took a direct hit from a Japanese kamikaze; and Marjorie Butterfield of Allison Park who was a member of the U.S. Nurses Corps serving with Patton’s Third Army. Some violence, some strong language. 2007
Listening Time: 25 Hours and 48 Minutes
To see a more listings of locally 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.
In The Bag
Showcasing Newly Added Large Print Titles
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. This month, we are going out into the wilderness on a journey of self – discovery with Cheryl Strayed:
- by Cheryl Strayed
- CL 15587
- Author recounts the three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike she took on a whim in 1995, after years of devastating personal losses. Describes her encounters and thoughts during her trek from Los Angeles to Washington State on the Pacific Crest Trail. Strong language. Bestseller. 2012
For more recently added Large Print titles,.
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.
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
Library Hours and
Our normal business hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
Our next scheduled closings will be:
- Thursday, November 26, 2015
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015 for Christmas
Remember, we are always open on-line!