With a world of information at our fingertips — virtually
anytime, anywhere — do we still need physical book-and-mortar libraries? Here’s
one librarian’s answer:
“Public libraries are arguably more important today
than ever before. Their mission is still the same — to provide free access to
information to all people. The way people access information has changed, but
they still need the information to succeed, and libraries are providing
- Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library
The Beatles 50th Anniversary and an Unsolved Fab Four Mystery
The Beatles made their Carnegie Hall debut on February 12, 1964. The show was typical of the nascent days of Beatlemania – screaming fans, confused adults, rock and roll. But behind the Beatles, sitting on the Carnegie Hall stage sat a group of individuals, including a woman with a film camera. Who is that woman and what did she capture from that momentous performance? And where is that footage?
With the help from our friends at the Carnegie Hall Archives, we are enlisting Beatles fans from all over the world to assist Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum Director, Gino Francesconi, in identifying the mystery lady holding a camera from the Beatles debut concert nearly 50 years ago.
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 25, 1881
Andrew Carnegie made his first move to create a free library for Pittsburgh; he offered $250,000 on the condition that the city government agree to appropriate $15,000 annually for its maintenance. The city was unable to accept the gift as it had no funds on hand for such a purpose. [Historic Pittsburgh]