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Upcoming Changes to the LAMP Newsletter
Hello LAMP Newsletter Subscribers,

We want to share this brief message to make you aware of upcoming changes and improvements to the LAMP Newsletter format in the coming months.  These improvements will unify LAMP services which serve print disabled Pennsylvanians through the central service point of MyLAMP.org and emanate from both Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thank you for subscribing,

Mark Lee
Library Services Administrator

Save the Date!

Introduction to BARD 

  • Have you heard about BARD but aren't quite sure what it is and how to use it? 
  • Are you interested in BARD but not sure what equipment you need or how to download books? 
  • Are you a user of BARD and have questions? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this session is for you! 

Join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 11:00-12:00 PM for an informative session on BARD.  We will cover topics such as: 

  • What is BARD
  • How to use the BARD Mobile App
  • How to search and download books

We will demonstrate using BARD on an iOS device using Voiceover and answer your BARD questions.  

Let us know if you wish to attend! 

You can contact us via email or phone at:  

Email: info@MyLAMP.org  

Phone: 800-242-0586 

Virtual Book Club

Virtual Book Club will occur on Thursday, September 16th, from 1:00PM – 2:00PM this month. In order to keep the meeting at a manageable size, attendance is limited. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will join us for our discussion of Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy by Alastair Gee and Dani Aguiano (DB 100165). 

You can contact us via email or phone at:

Email address: info@mylamp.org

Phone: 800-242-0586

No special equipment, other than a touchtone phone, is needed for you to join our book club discussion.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming book selections:

October 21, 2021, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM - The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (DB 95709) (LP 35587)

(Please note: Registration opens the first day of each month)

Introducing New LAMP Staff: Carolyn
Carolyn, LAMP Youth Services Librarian
 

What do you do?  

Hi there! I am the Youth Services Librarian at LAMP.  I have worked in libraries for the past two years and previously worked five years in early childhood education.  I love working with youth and the people who care about them. I have already learned so much and I’m looking forward to building connections across the state.  There are so many exciting possibilities for this role and I am really happy to be working in such a kind, supportive, and knowledgeable work environment.  I can’t wait to build up our Youth Services resources to best serve Pennsylvanians from birth to 21 years old.      

Where are you from? 

I moved around a lot during childhood, but my parents are born and raised Pittsburghers.  I primarily grew up in Brussels and then lived in San Diego, Chicago, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts.  I love the experience of learning about a place and what makes its people unique.  Living in Pittsburgh has been such a treat since I come from a pretty big extended family. My cousins and I are all around the same age so it’s been fun to move beyond being family to being good friends.  

Favorite book and why? 

It’s always hard for a librarian to choose just one favorite book but it can be even harder when you work in youth services because there are beautiful new titles being released every day!  I have a soft spot for picture books, most recently including Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard (DB 98387) and I am the Storm by Jane Yolen (DB 104009).  In terms of adult titles, I enjoy memoirs such as Diane Keaton’s Brother & Sister (DB 98594) or spooky titles such as The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (DB 99550).  If I really had to choose one book to listen to for the rest of my days it would be On the Road by Jack Kerouac (DB 31675). It was the first audio book I ever listened to. 

 

Local Titles

Local book recordings are an essential aspect of LAMP’s services to our patrons and are one hundred percent homegrown with the narration, editing, and production work being done in our recording studio in Pittsburgh. 

DBC 17530 Tiny the Pittsburgh Easter Bunny by Eric James 

Narrated by Sara Sanchez 

With the Easter Bunny trapped, it's up to Tiny to save Easter in Pittsburgh! But being a bunny isn't as easy as it looks, especially for an elephant. In this fun and playful story, find out how Tiny uses his own special talents to save Easter! For grades K-3. 2018. 

DBC 16084 Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington 

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson 

Narrated by Michael Eddy Harvey 

Young readers can now learn about one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Set against Dr. King’s historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963, a moving story and powerful illustrations combine to illuminate not only one of America’s most celebrated leaders, but also one of America’s most celebrated moments. For grades 1-3. 2017.  

Staff Picks

The 2021 Summer Olympic Games were constrained by a worldwide pandemic.  But in 1936 the Games were organized in Germany amid a different global threat: the rise of the Nazi movement and Adolph Hitler’s ambitions of German expansion and veiled plans for warfare. While the accomplishments of U.S. athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics are well known, another American triumph took place at those Games, that of the University of Washington eight-oared crew representing the United States. Their story is set in the depths of the Great Depression. These unlikely heroes, comprised of the working-class sons of farmers, fishermen and loggers, transcended daunting obstacles to defeat first the world-class teams of the elite Ivy League schools and finally, in a climactic sequence, overcame Italy and Germany to win the gold medal. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown recounts their unforgettable story. 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1636 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown DB 77138 

Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. Bestseller.  2013 

A large print version for younger readers (grades 4—7): 

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics: Adapted for Younger Readers by Daniel Brown CL 10548

Both the Winter and Summer Games were held in Germany in 1936. Another book, Berlin Games: How the Nazi's Stole the Olympic Dream, details many athletes’ fascinating stories, but is also an indictment of International Olympic Committee politics and German propaganda successes. 2017. 

Berlin Games: How the Nazi's Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters DBC 03898 

A complete and thoroughly riveting account of the 1936 Olympic Games, Hitler's grand showcase for Germany's revival and a foreshadowing for the world of the horrors soon to come. 2006 

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