Today and tomorrow I'll be taking you on an insider's tour through the Carnegie Library's main branch in Oakland. My good friend Corey is a librarian there, and he took me around the library to point out some things that you might not notice just casually observing.
If approved by a majority of voters, the measure would provide for a 0.25 mill special tax on all taxable real estate in the City of Pittsburgh to be allocated and used only for the maintenance and operation of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
This is the equivalent of $25 per year or $2.09 per month on $100,000 of assessed value.
If passed, this referendum will help provide Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with the diverse and sustainable funding it needs to continue to be strong and provide critical services for the community including early learning programs for children and families, job search assistance and computer and Internet access.
The glass floors in the stacks are thick (you won't fall through them!) and they were made from material run-off from the steel mills. Which makes them kinda awesome.
The microfiche machines. I don't think I have used one of these ever (or maybe since elementary school). But! They are there if I ever want to give it a try. This room held one of the coolest discoveries Corey introduced me to on this visit:
These cards are actually photos of Pittsburgh way back when. They are categorized by place or event and they are awesome. It's like a time machine, pulling out a card and recognizing the streets or buildings but seeing how it looked so long ago. You can order prints of the photos in various sizes. With the holidays coming up, it's a great gift option for someone who adores Pittsburgh.