Author Archives: Amy

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

What happens next?

Come to the Summer Reading Extravaganza  on Sunday, June 8, and find out!

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Closing Women’s History Month with a few lesser known women

At the close of Women’s History Month, I have been thinking of some lesser known women who led interesting and influential lives. They may only be lesser known to me—I have holes in my grade school education, which as far … Continue reading

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Happy (belated) 50th, Mr. Wonka!

Well, now I have a craving for chocolate. And maybe a gobstopper–I just realized I forgot that Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turned 50 this year. I still enjoy it, even as an adult–the digs and humor and … Continue reading

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A musical conversation on St. Patrick’s Day

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day is people playing Irish music. I like Irish music both because it makes good use of the fiddle (or violin, if you prefer) and because I used to play it. A … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 3) and World Read Aloud Day (the first Wednesday in March) occurred happily close together this year, which is fitting because Dr. Seuss is so much fun to read aloud. Reading out loud can benefit anyone, … Continue reading

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Gobblefunking around with words*

After reading an article about words possibly coined by authors–including “chortle,” via Lewis Carroll–I was reminded of how many cool words there are in children’s books, even if they never made the dictionary. My favorite: Plevvit. Interjection. Origin: My Teacher … Continue reading

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PA&L Kids and Teens: Shane Evans

On Sunday, illustrator—and singer!—Shane Evans will visit Hillman Auditorium as part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures Kids and Teens program. Evans has illustrated books such as Chocolate Me, The Way a Door Closes, and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie … Continue reading

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Happy Storytelling Week!

I have been celebrating Storytelling Week by finding stories in less common places, and realize that “my storyteller is showing” sometimes in ways I don’t expect. My own storytelling is all voice and small pertinent movements, which I am told … Continue reading

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Have some soup…

I don’t know about you, but I’m under the weather something awful. In the anthology Minificción Mexicana is a story called “El Letroscopio” (“The Letroscope”) by the poet Raúl Renán. It reads like a bittersweet joke, a fable that’s been … Continue reading

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Kazoo times two!

On Saturday, February 1, you will have TWO separate opportunities to make music with the humble but versatile kazoo. From 12 to 12:15, as part of the Black History Month kickoff, there will be renditions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the … Continue reading

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