HOMEWOOD is a historic neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s East End where residents try to fight the sometimes gritty urban decay that has led to many local businesses closing in recent years. The Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library, built here in 1910 (when Andrew Carnegie still remembered this as one of his own neighborhoods), underwent a major renovation in 2003 and has become a model branch library that serves as a community center, a gathering point, a place for a weekly Jazz Workshop as well as place to get great books, tapes and DVDs.
When we shot at the Homewood Library, Denise Graham, the branch’s manager, was our guide, showing us the third floor meeting rooms as well as the extra spaces on the first floor near the beautiful auditorium. All of the librarians were wonderful and helpful, and Erica Hickey, the children’s librarian, reminded us, “Annie Dillard wrote a paragraph in her An American Childhood about being a child and coming to this library.”
It’s a beautiful place that has the stately woodwork and the friendly accessibility you hope to find in every library.
The whole thing is definitely worth checking out.
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See what the place used to look like.
You can read what the city says about the neighborhood.