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.

The Many, Many Lives of Cinderella

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will bring a preview of the Cinderella to the Carnegie Library Children’s Department on Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 PM. They dance a version based on the one most of us know the best, first published … Continue reading

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Tsunamis, Tornadoes and Climate Change

Danger Club Saturday, January 12, 2:30 PM Time for a whole new year  of  Danger Club.  We’ll start by exploring some rather nasty natural disasters, climate change and going greener. We’ll also make a “tornado” in a bottle to take … Continue reading

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Kids’ Books that Make Great Holiday Gifts

Tis time to heap children with presents galore. Not every fine gift is found first in a store. Sorry for the terrible rhyme but, as a librarian, my biggest delight is to hook up children with books they love. The … Continue reading

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Wordless Books are Worth Reading

Children read pictures before they read words, according to Eric Rohmann, author of Bone Dog and My Friend, Rabbit.  Wordless books invite them to create their own story, a joy grown-ups can pass along by accepting and using these books. … Continue reading

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Danger Club: Dry Ice – Magic or Science. See this Saturday.

Bubbling, oozing, gooshing dry ice will descend like a ghostly cloud here Saturday at 11:00 a.m. If you’re between 8 and 12-years-old, don’t miss it. A scientist will show how it works and demonstrate experiments. Then you get to try out –it’s … Continue reading

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less … Continue reading

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Two Top 2011 Chapter Books

Book lists designating top books start appearing at the end of a year—or the beginning of the next. School Library Journal and Kirkus have recently published their choices for best fiction for last year. Here are just two of the many books that I … Continue reading

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Fabulous Family Fun Week

What’s more fun than a barrel of elves?  Our Fabulous Family Fun Week offers a host of activities for kids and their families. Here’s what’s going on: Monday, December 26 Imagination Builders.  Lego Club. 2-4 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wii … Continue reading

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Rick Riordan at Carnegie Lecture Hall October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale for the author on Monday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. at  Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures. Rick Riordan will be at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall on Wednesday, October 5.  Doors to the Lecture Hall will open at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment and Rick … Continue reading

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Two School Stories for Older Kids Not to Be Missed

Our “First Day of School” stories are flying off the shelves. Preschoolers to second-graders can use the reassurance of these books. But older kids need to know they have power, as well, over bullies, impulses and their destinies. Two funny … Continue reading

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