Author Archives: Tina Zubak

About Tina Zubak

I've been a librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for about 12 years, first at the Beechview branch and now at Children's. I've written some books myself, but alas, no publications. Among my favorite books are BFG, Houndsley and Catrina and the Quiet Time, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Nation and Rose Daughter.

2013 WAS PRIME FOR PICTURE BOOKS

Although every year has its standouts, 2013 had so many picture books I love. My colleague Kathy listed her favorites on her last post and I’d like to add my mine as well: Journey by Aaron Becker With a red … Continue reading

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Free Chess Classes

Children from kindergarten to eighth grade who know basic chess will learn strategy and checkmates during our six-week series of Saturday chess classes from January 18 through February 22 at 10:15 a.m. Chess helps develop math, spatial, social and emotional … Continue reading

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Fun, Fun, Fun in the Children’s Department

Looking for something cool or cozy to do with out-of-town visitors or when your own kids need to get out? Up the magic of the season with our Holiday Family Fun Days. We’ve put together activities every day (except Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Bugs Don’t Bug Us…

…because Danger Club-ers are brave, curious sorts like the heroine of the book, Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald. Eating bugs will be optional at the Danger Club program this Saturday, 2:30 PM  in the Children’s Department at Main, … Continue reading

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Secrets from Behind the Curtain: The Nutcracker

Dive into the story of The Nutcracker using all your senses, Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 PM  at the Main Children’s Department in Oakland. Experience the story through movement and dance, touching costumes and pointe shoes and listening to Tchaikovsky’s … Continue reading

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GHOSTS, GOBLINS AND GHOULS…

…rise up this time of year, so it’s only supernatural that we feature them in Danger Club: Creatures of the Night at Main- Children’s. Come this Saturday at 2:30 PM to hear spooky, creepy, knee-knocking stories and poems with scary … Continue reading

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SUMMER READING ENDS SATURDAY!!!!!!

We heard your dinosaur favorites. We stuck on your stickers. We taught you the polka and the bunny hop. We told you stories. And you’ve told us about the books you’ve read.  We hope we’ve given you at least a … Continue reading

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Dig Up the Dead: Storytelling by Alan Irvine

I remember it in impressions more than anything else. A chilly day in autumn with the dark settling in.  A house that had the look of one abandoned or from another age, the Renaissance, for instance. My son was nine … Continue reading

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Rhymes, Tugs and Kisses: Best Books for Babies 2013

All the Best Book for Babies for 2013 have made it into our collection, although some have already found their way to the families of small ones. We hope that will soon be true of all of them, although I’ve … Continue reading

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HELPING CHILDREN COPE DURING TRAGEDY

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” … Continue reading

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