Holiday Toy Drive

Many of you have probably seen the tree at the front of the library with ornament tags on it.  The tags list an item that a child has wished for for Christmas.  You can pick up a tag, shop for the item and drop it off in Ms. Meyers’ room with her “elves” for wrapping and delivery.  What better way get in the holiday spirit?

If there aren’t any tags left, these items are also highly desired by children:

  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • “Cool” hats
  • Steelers and Penguins gear
  • Legos
  • Makeup, nail polish, perfume/cologne
  • Jewelry
  • Barbie clothes
  • Books for all ages
  • Video games for all systems
  • Harry Potter items
  • iTunes gift cards
  • GameStop gift cards
  • My Little Pony items
  • Puzzles for all ages
  • Board games for older kids
  • Army items
  • Princess items
  • Craft supplies and kits for all ages
  • Cash donations to buy clothes for older kids

The elves thank you for your support!


Managing your digital reputation

There’s some good advice on the poster near the front office:  “Think before you post.”  Everything you post online, whether it be photos or comments, creates a digital profile of you as a person.  How do you want others, whether they be your parents, teachers, or future bosses, to see you?  You probably want to be viewed in a positive light as a person who is respectful and smart.  Below are some tips from the digital marketing firm KBSD about managing your digital reputation.

New books!

We just received a large shipment of new books for the library!  We have a number of new graphic novels, along with new fiction and nonfiction.  We also have the new Steve Jobs biography and Ellen Hopkins’ new book (author of Crank)!  Check them out — they are on the front display table and above the reference books.  Happy reading!

Twilight: Love it or Hate it?

With the Twilight: Breaking Dawn movie opening this past weekend (it made $139.5 million in North America!), Twilight lovers and haters have been going at it.  Goodreads, which is like a social network for readers, published this infographic illustrating the divide this series has had:

Looks like Pennsylvania falls slightly more on the “dislike” side of the debate.  What did you think of the series?  Leave a comment or review the books in the OPAC.

PA Young Reader’s Choice

The nominees are out for the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards!  Check here for a list and description of each book.  Find the nominees in the library above the reference books, near the encyclopedia.  Read the selections during the next few months; voting for your favorite will take place in early March.  Happy reading!

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month.  Check out our library’s resources on Native Americans.

Honoring our veterans


You may be excited to have next Friday off, but did you think about the reason for the three-day weekend?  November 11 is Veteran’s Day, an annual national holiday during which we honor the past and present members of America’s Armed Forces.  We’re observing the holiday in the library with an armed forces display.  Check the table at the front of the library for books about military history and war heroes.  And, as always, use the OPAC to search for more.  Happy reading!


Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty

Gayle Forman to visit Pittsburgh


Gayle Forman

YA author Gayle Forman will speak at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall inside Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Oakland branch on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.  Forman wrote If I Stay and its sequel, Where She WentIf I Stay is about one teenager’s tough choice: Whether to hang on and push through a coma she is in after a car crash that killed her parents or brother — to stay on Earth and grieve them — or to let go and join them in death.  This tragic tear-jearker is quite inspiring.  Tickets are only $15, or 2 for $25.  Ask Miss Huth in the library for a flier or more information.

Congratulations, Amy!

Congratulations to library worker Amy Kraus, who was awarded a scholarship from Cargill for her academic excellence and school and community involvement.  Amy’s scholarship included a $200 grant for the high school library, for which we’re very grateful.  We’re so proud of Amy and her accomplishments!  🙂

Quick Reads

Attention: All books are due back to the library by Friday.  Sneak in a quick read this week by grabbing a book off the library display table.  You’ll find short stories, thin novels, poetry, non-fiction with lots of photos, and graphic novels.  There are even some Dr. Seuss stories that may evoke nostalgia in the graduating seniors.  🙂

Why are books due on Friday?  This allows enough time to collect all books and fines by the end of the school year.  We will also begin inventory in the library, which is a yearly process to check for lost books and ensure the shelves are in order.  Remember, overdue books and fines must be settled before you can get your report card and graduate.

See you in the library!

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