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Carnegie libraries struggle to survive

November 12, 2009 by Erin Price  
Filed under 2009 Fall, Featured

Point Park News Service students look into Carnegie libraries and their struggle to survive.

Here are their stories:

Andrew Carnegie: Free to the People
Lack of money does not close the book on every Carnegie library
Libraries offer books, yes, but much, much more
No plans yet for Carnegie libraries that close
Readers take to the streets to save libraries
State cuts hurt library

This was also published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. View it here.

Kate Stapleton, 30 of Lawrenceville, browses the books in the Carnegie Library in Oakland on Sunday, November 1. I use a lot of their services, said Stapleton, regarding the Carnegie Library in Lawrenceville. So I hope it doesn't close. By Kelly Scott, Point Park News Service.

Kate Stapleton, 30 of Lawrenceville, browses the books in the Carnegie Library in Oakland on Sunday, November 1. I use a lot of their services, said Stapleton, regarding the Carnegie Library in Lawrenceville. So I hope it doesn't close. By Kelly Scott, Point Park News Service.

Kris Duda, 54, of Bridgeville reads to Chloe Marasco, 9, of Mt. Washington on November 11, 2009 at the Mt. Washington branch of the Carnegie Library. Duda and Marasco have been meeting at the library for the "Beginning with Books" program for the last five years. "We started with picture books when she was just four, and are now into chapter books." said Duda. She estimates that they've read hundreds of books together in the last five years, and wonders how the relocation of the Mt. Washington branch will affect their meetings."I know this old building isn't air conditioned, but they just painted and I think it looks great!" she said. By Andrew Weier, Point Park News Service

Kris Duda, 54, of Bridgeville reads to Chloe Marasco, 9, of Mt. Washington on November 11, 2009 at the Mt. Washington branch of the Carnegie Library. Duda and Marasco have been meeting at the library for the "Beginning with Books" program for the last five years. "We started with picture books when she was just four, and are now into chapter books." said Duda. She estimates that they've read hundreds of books together in the last five years, and wonders how the relocation of the Mt. Washington branch will affect their meetings."I know this old building isn't air conditioned, but they just painted and I think it looks great!" she said. By Andrew Weier, Point Park News Service

Kate Stapleton, 30 of Lawrenceville, browses the books in the Carnegie Library in Oakland on Sunday, November 1. I use a lot of their services, said Stapleton, regarding the Carnegie Library in Lawrenceville. So I hope it doesn't close. By Kelly Scott, Point Park News Service.
A large posterboard is currently on display at the Mt. Washington branch of the Carnegie Library, full of notes from patrons of all ages explaining whey they love their library. After standing on Grandview Avenue since 1900, the branch is slated to close in February as part of the library system’s efforts to cut costs in 2010. By Andrew Weier, Point Park News Service
Built in 1900, the Mt. Washington branch of the Carnegie Library will close and move to a different location in February as part of the library system's efforts to cut costs in 2010. By Andrew Weier, Point Park News Service.
Built in 1900, the Mt. Washington branch of the Carnegie Library will close and move to a different location in February as part of the library system’s efforts to cut costs in 2010. By Andrew Weier, Point Park News Service.

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