Winter is a great time to catch up on reading, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of my favorite places to go. Originally commissioned as part of industrialist Andrew Carnegie's first grant to Pittsburgh, the first public library in the city opened in 1895. The main branch is located in the Oakland neighborhood and there are 19 branch locations throughout the city.
When you sign up for a library card there are lots of fun ways to use it. Borrow books, CDs and DVDs; surf the Internet; download and stream ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music.
In addition to a world of reading, the various branches of the library also host a variety of events and regular programs. Enjoy a board game at Game Night for Adults. Head to Puzzle Saturdays or Family Story Time. Check out After Hours @ the Library featuring craft drinks, light bites, delicious desserts and live entertainment. Mingle with good books and neighbors each month at the Book Discussions. Network at the Career Workshops. There’s even Yoga at select branches. Check out their upcoming events page for a full list of events and information on other programs.
If you’re a history buff visit The Pittsburgh Photographic Library, a repository consisting of numerous photographic collections, including over 50,000 prints relating to the history of Pittsburgh. The collections are housed in the Pennsylvania Department at the main Carnegie Library in Oakland.
And best of all, the library is FREE! There's something there for every member of your family, from infant to elderly, so beat the winter doldrums and head to the library. A world of knowledge awaits.