Try out the Dangerous Life of a Knight this Saturday



Ever wonder what life was like for knights?  Tweens 8 to 12 can get a taste of  it here this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. For now, consider some table rules that come from Fingers, Forks & Chopsticks:


Do not put your face in your food, snort or smack your lips.

Do not put your whole hand into the pot.

Do not pick your teeth with your knife.

Do not lick your greasy fingers. Wipe them on the tablecloth.


And that’s just a start. According to What if You Met a Knight, “Being a knight could be a dismal job.” Besides keeping his peasants safe and managing the land, he also has to deal with:



Black Death

No teeth

Smelling because everyone knows baths are unhealthy

Heavy  metal (as in armor, not music.)

Of course, we will not reenact all these conditions but we will write like a medieval and eat like one, too;  hear a traveling troubadour, make marshmallow catapults and joust with bananas.

And joust in case you think this is the end of dangerous behavior in the library, I want to assure you our Danger Club will continue in the months ahead. For more information or to register, call 412-622-03122 or email


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.
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