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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Case Surrounding $5 Million Rare Books Theft Remains Open

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a fixture in the state of Pennsylvania. It is here that a resident of the state may come to enjoy a vast number of amenities for free, amenities including: tutoring services, an incredibly impressive amount of books and films, language-learning services, and so much more. It is also here, however, that a major theft of hundreds of rare items took place about a year ago. 


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The Oliver Room at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has been closed since April 3, 2017 when it was discovered that 314 various manuscripts, texts, letters, and atlases were stolen from the collection. Michael Vinson, a rare book dealer, appraises the theft at totaling roughly 5-million-dollars, citing other sales of various copies and similar titles. Many of the stolen items were artifacts that proved to be a true testament to human culture, civilization, and innovation. The staff at the Carnegie Library are saddened by this offensive action against humanity since this specific collection boasts of numerous items from across time and space: pieces of Pennsylvania history, 16th century+ artifacts, and other relics from bygone eras.


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Vinson, Allegheny County Police, and other staff-members believe the thief or thieves to have been employed by library because of the intense security protocol surrounding the room. It is unlikely that any non-employee would know about the security measures in place, let alone be able to get past them and into the room. The room isn’t even open to the general public; access is granted to those who have booked appointments in advance. Suzanne Thinnes, a spokesperson for the library, explains that the person who had been in charge of the collection is no longer employed with Carnegie, and I would assume that this is due to the fact that even if this person isn’t responsible for the theft itself, it happened under their watch. 


Some of the missing items include: several 16th, 17th, and 18th century editions of The Bible, a 1609 edition of The Fairie Queen by Edmund Spenser, a 1907 edition of The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis, an 1861 edition of Silas Marner by George Eliot, a 1687 edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton, and so many more. It truly is a tragedy to see such testaments to humankind uprooted from their home at The Carnegie Library- not only is this a crime against the establishment, but it’s also a crime against human civilization. It is presumed that the artifacts are being stored somewhere until the heat surrounding the case cools down. 




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So This Pennsylvania Library Lets You Track Your Ancestry, Which Is Tight

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is making sure that Pennsylvania residents are receiving the most when it comes to the benefits it has to offer. And let me tell you, this library offers its borrowers a lot of perks.



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The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has nineteen different branches spread throughout the city, and, as with most libraries, offers residents a free library card. The free library card isn’t only offered to Pittsburgh residents, but to all Pennsylvania residents. The library’s intention is to be open to everyone, regardless of their circumstances. They believe in a more educated world, and are doing their part to ensure that happens. 


This library is one where your library card can unlock almost anything you can dream of or hope for. Aside from borrowing books and renting movies (their film archive boasts 28,680 Blu-Rays and DVDS!), the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh allows people to partake in language-learning programs (they have upwards of 70 different languages to offer), view your ancestral history on Ancestry.com for free, programs to help score a job, and so much more! Through social media outreach, they intend to spread the word that anything can happen inside of the library. 


I’m blown away by everything this library has to offer. I never thought I would say this, but maybe it’s time to move out west to Pennsylvania!




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Cops Are “Completely Terrified” of ‘It’ Red Balloon Prank


The film adaptation of Stephen King’s It hits theaters this weekend, and it’s causing real-world problems. The movie’s already ticked off the World Clown Association, and now it seems to have inspired a Pennsylvania prankster. Police in Lititz, Pennsylvania have found red balloons tied to sewer grates. This is typical behavior of supernatural clowns, as King’s Pennywise proves. So people are scared…including the cops.



Let it be known that the snark and patience of this police department has been noticed, and it is appreciated. “A certain movie is coming to theaters in two days…” You’re so coy, Lititz Borough Police Department!


The only thing Pennywise the Clown loves more than hiding in sewer grates is red balloons. Also, making kids disappear. Lititz PD did not reveal exactly how many red balloons were found, but I think the band Goldfinger knows…



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5 Books to Celebrate National Pennsylvania Day

Happy Pennsylvania Day! We have Pennsylvania to thank for many things: cheese steaks, Hershey’s, and America’s first baseball stadium, to name a few. What you may not know, however, is how many great books are set there! 


We’ve put together a list of the top five novels that take place in Pennsylvania to help you celebrate.


1. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon


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Michael Chabon’s debut novel, which he wrote as his graduate thesis while at Penn State, follows student Art Bechstein and explores themes of sexuality, father-son relationships, and friendship. Specific settings include Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, Hillman Library, Lake Erie, Presbyterian University Hospital, Schenley Park, and Schenley Bridge.


This book sparked Chabon’s stellar writing career. He has gone on to publish over twenty novels and short story collections. He has also won a Pulitzer Prize for his book ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.’ 


2. Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell


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Set in the backwoods of Pennsylvania, this dark tale follows Harley Altmyer, a teenager left to care for his three sisters while their mother serves time for the murder of their abusive father. Harley develops an obsession with a local mother of two, unearthing dark secrets.


Alex Pettyfer will make his directorial debut with an adaptation starring Juliette Lewis and Nicola Peltz later this year!


3. Christine by Stephen King


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While most of King’s creepy tales take place in the mists of Maine, this 1983 offering is set in Pennsylvania and tells the story of a vintage car possessed by the supernatural which falls into the hands of teenagers Arnie and Dennis.


A movie version directed by John Carpenter came out the same year it was published, starring Keith Gordon and John Stockwell. 


4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


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A teenage girl watches from Heaven as her family and friends struggle to come to terms with her murder in her hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania. Sebold’s novel became an instant bestseller and was made into a film by ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson in 2009.


The book drew attention for its depiction of Heaven as something peculiar to the individual, and its sensitive handling of the difficult subject matter. 


5. Rabbit, Run by John Updike


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This 1960 novel from the author of ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ follows Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, a former high school basketball star whose life has become monotonous and dull, and his attempts to escape it.


Published when Updike was just twenty-eight, The New York Times called it a “shabby domestic tragedy,” but also “a notable triumph of intelligence and compassion.”


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