The Neverending (Library) Story

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Much like Michael Ende’s novel (and, to a certain extent, the movie it inspired), the Library’s story is never-ending. In fact, it’s re-written each day…it’s true! Every chat you have with a library worker, every time you skim a book’s jacket copy, every time you log in to a computer (ours or yours), and every time you join us for a special event, the library’s story gets richer, longer, and stronger. Even when you’re not physically here you’re adding chapters, by using our website or downloading our digital content. Even reading our blog makes you a recurring character in the powerful play of words, ideas, actions, and events that has made Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh a bestseller since 1895.

How’s that working out for you?

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10 Simple Words Every Girl Should Learn | Role Reboot

Women  need these words, too.

As I get ready to post this and share it with my social media network, I’m a little apprehensive that some of the men in my circle may be tired of me posting about women’s equality. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Some of the activation I feel is coming from my recent attendance at the Washington-Oregon joint AAUW convention; get 200 women in a room for a day and you’ll hear all kinds of stories that fire up the frustration. Some of my focus comes from an hour call I did today with a researcher on women and technology. Some from the ARA Seattle event.

The truth is my male friends want women and girls to have their turn at the microphone. They want women and girls to be successful, respected and advanced in their vocations and avocations. They want women to have their dreams come true because they want PEOPLE to have their dreams come true.

However … it doesn’t mean some of the situations described in the article “10 Simple Words Every Girl Should Learn” haven’t happened to me and to most of the women I know. This article reminds me to be thoughtful about my interactions and be respectful to everyone, including the women and girls.


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Spoil Your Appetite with Three Mouthwatering Food Blogs

I love those beautifully colored macaroon sandwich cookies. Yum. News

Blogging tends to make us hungry, which explains our tendency to highlight great food blogs. Today, you’re in for a particular treat: three food blogs that serve up gorgeous design on top of mouthwatering creations. Now, if only we could invent a Tasting Widget…


Don’t be alarmed by the site’s name — it’s perfectly safe for work, though probably less so for your keyboard (drool alert!). In this blog, burger-meister Matthew Ramsey unveils a new, groundbreaking masterpiece every week.

PornBurger In case you were wondering, yes, the “buns” are fried mac and cheese.

Each burger-of-the-week gets a playful name — the lobster patty pictured above, for example, is the Mac Daddy, since it’s sandwiched between fried mac and cheese “buns.” Matthew is using the Kiore Moana theme, which offers full-bleed (no pun intended) featured images. That’s how we get to view each gorgeously stacked, perfectly shot creation in all…

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The Waiting Game

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1559568_536003949850058_1098489423_n Recently I picked up The Name of the Star   thanks to Abbey’s post, The Ripper . I managed to devour this book in less than 24 hours and then spent the rest of the weekend counting down the minutes until I was back at work and could grab the second book in the Shades of London series, The Madness Underneath . I was hooked with the suspenseful story and relationships. Rory, an American High School student, travels to London to attend boarding school. While there she becomes embroiled in a series of murders that are mimicking the original 1880s murders attributed to Jack the Ripper and she ends up with protection from a special police unit. This book scared the living bajesus out of me. I was reading it in my MIL’s basement while we were visiting and I had to trick my husband into turning on all the lights for me so it wasn’t so dark. (I…

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