Monday, December 27, 2010

Interview with Pittsburgh Poet Samuel Hazo @ SoundWAVS

Check out our interview with Pittsburgh poet Samuel Hazoa in a new episode of SoundWAVs, Monroeville Public Library's official podcast!

Hear philosopher and psychologist Dr. Kipling Forbes interview Dr. Samuel Hazo, who is the author of poetry, fiction, essays, various works of translation and four plays. In his poetry, Samuel Hazo has explored themes of mortality and love, passion and art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. As the founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum, Hazo has brought more than 800 poets and performers to Pittsburgh over the past forty years. In 1993 Governor Robert Casey named Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet, a position in which he served until 2003. To listen, visit the SoundWAVs MPL Podcast page.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Celebrating Jane Austen

December 16th marks the 235th anniversary of the birth of Jane Austen. It is remarkable that a woman who published 6 novels in the early 19th century is still remembered and appreciated all of these years later. Her simple idea of writing about 5 or 6 families in an English village has lead to several made for television movies, major motion pictures and numerous spin-offs involving her characters as well as Jane herself!

In recognition of Jane Austen's birthday, take some time to check out some of the titles by and about Jane that are available at the Monroeville Public Library.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Edition of MPL's Podcast

Check out our special holiday edition of Sound WAVs, Monroeville Public Library's official podcast. (Podcasts are free, online audio files that you can download and listen to on your computer, iPod, mp3 player, or even burn to CD.)

This month's podcast features our teen volunteers reading a Hanukkah poem by Nicholas Gordon, a dramatic reading of Clement Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and some information on the history and significance of Kwanzaa. There's also a "highly exclusive" interview with two of our best teen volunteers! Drop by our website to download the episode.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Last night at sundown marked the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Here are a few titles from our collection regarding the celebration of Hanukkah. (Click on the title to reserve it.)

Celebrating the Jewish Year by Paul Steinberg: Book Cover

by Paul Steinberg

Hanukkah by Ron Wolfson: Book Cover

by Ron Wolfson

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth: Book Cover

compiled by Wendy Wax


Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous HanukkahThe Klezmatics: CD Cover

by the Klezmatics

by Western Wind and Theodore Bikel

Oy Chanukah!

Oy Chanukah!
by the Klezmer Conservatory Band