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March 2019 Tool Library Update

Friday, March 1, 2019
Dan Malakoff

We are proud to announce some big news for the Tool Library—we’re receiving a Pittsburgh Foundation grant! It’s a vote of confidence in our growing Library of Things, and the funds will allow us to grow and improve. On our shopping list you’ll find a table saw, an additional pressure washer, a complete set of mud knives, and much more. Let us know if you have requests! The grant will also allow us to begin offering workshops later in the year. Workshops might include installing a garden, building a birdhouse, or laying a stone patio. If you’d like to propose… Read More »

Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Canonico

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Sheena Carroll

For 2019, we’re starting a new blog series spotlighting the amazing volunteers who help out library on a regular basis. Our first spotlight shines on Joanne Canonico, who volunteers every Friday shelf-reading and setting up our book displays. Joanne has volunteered at Millvale Community Library for a year and half. She enjoys working at the library because she is on disability and keeps busy with volunteer work. She says she likes the library because, “It’s a place where I can find a book about anything.” Her favorite books are memoirs. When she’s not at the library, Joanne enjoys reading, going… Read More »

Reclaiming the Witch

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Skylar Houck

Some of the most famous Halloween movies feature witches and witchcraft. From Hocus Pocus to The Blair Witch Project, witches have remained a pop-culture craze for many years. Where did the popularity come from? Literature has long been the cause of the fear surrounding witches. This perhaps began in 1487 with the publication of Malleus Maleficarum or Hammer of Witches. Author Heinrich Kramer encouraged the prosecution of witches and brought about the idea that it was mostly women who practiced witchcraft. This book spread rapidly after the invention of the printing press and was largely cited during the Salem witch trials1. This fear… Read More »

Zombies in Literature

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Skylar Houck

We’ve all heard of brain-craving zombies whether from The Walking Dead or George A. Romero’s film Night of the Living Dead. However, few know of the zombie’s origins in literature. The first usage of the word “zombi” in American literature is claimed to be in W.B. Seabrook’s 1929 novel The Magic Island. The novel traces the zombie’s origins to Haiti, with the word zombie possibly coming from the Kongo word “Nzambi,” or “soul.” Groups of Haitians who dabbled in Voodoo and ritual magic believed that people who died before their time were at risk of being reanimated as a mindless… Read More »

History of Vampire Literature

Monday, October 29, 2018
Skylar Houck

Literary vampires have undergone huge changes over the years. What was once a monstrous blood-sucker ready to wreak havoc on humans has transformed into a handsome, refined character with human emotions. Despite what we know from Stephanie Myers’s Twilightseries, vampires were once connected to extreme misfortune and disease. The belief was not always that one had to be bitten to become a vampire. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the recently deceased or became vampires, returning from the grave to unleash evil on a town that somehow wronged them. Decomposition processes that scientists now understand were mistaken for… Read More »


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March 2019 Tool Library Update

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