There are over 14,000 people in our service area. To provide the resources and information for patrons to find what they need, we collaborate with community partners to complement and supplement each other's resources and services.
Opened in August 2012 through the tireless efforts of Robert Messner, the Braddock's Battlefield History Center commemorates the Battle of the Monongahela, or "Braddock's Defeat". We often provide field trips to students that include visits to the museum. Braddock’s Defeat is an important part of American history as well as our local history.
Braddock Tiles will be a community based artisanal micro-factory located in a formerly abandoned church in North Braddock PA. Their first venture will be to hand produce the 20,000 beautifully colored ceramic tiles needed to give its landmark structure a new roof.
Braddock Tiles has been using the library’s Bathhouse Ceramics Studio facilities to develop prototype tiles for the roof while the church is renovated to accommodate the tile production facilities. "The use of the library studio has really made it possible for Braddock Tiles to grow and develop here in the community." - KT Tierney
The Braddock Youth Project is a youth work skills training program that seeks to foster skills that will aid youth in advancing toward positive life outcomes, by providing meaningful and sustainable community development projects, generated and maintained by the youth. These projects harness the energy and creativity of the youth to promote positive culturally relevant change in their community. We are happy to host Braddock Youth Project programs in our Neighborhood Print Shop and Children and Teen Library!
Initiated through the 2013 Carnegie International and Transformazium, the Carnegie Museum of Art extends arts and cultural programming into the Braddock Carnegie Library and out into our communities: from Saturday ArtChives Project to Recycle Park to the Art Lending Collection, our partnership thrives!
The Braddock Chapter, founded in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth in Braddock & surrounding communities. It was conceived in the memory of Charles Van Williams, a Braddock native who went on to become the Dean of Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University. The FOB's goal is to correct educational problems in the area by awarding scholarships to deserving students who have been accepted to a college, technical school, or an apprentice program. FOB's mission is to help build self-esteem & pride among our youth, hoping that this will promote a better economical & social environment for the entire community. FOB raised funds to renovate a room in the library and meets there once a month.
Acquired in 2012 by Dana Bishop-Root, this building was most recently a shop for a plumbing/heating/air conditioning company; prior to that it was a neighborhood store. Dana & partner Ginger Brooks Takahashi visualized a place where neighbors could congregate & exchange ideas and purchase and sell goods. General Sisters uses the library's kitchen for catering to subsidize the store.
Heritage Community Initiatives was established in 1983 as the Heritage Health Foundation, the endowment management arm of the Braddock Medical Center. It evolved into Heritage Community Initiatives, a community based non-profit organization, in 1996. Heritage focuses on education, transportation, and life-enhancing initiatives. The Braddock Carnegie Library provides library programming to the Heritage Out-of-School Time program.
A community development corporation (CDC) made up of residents, public officials, and business owners who are working to revitalize North Braddock, Cares is part of a larger network of resources and community connections as a member of the Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) coalition. The library often partners with NBC on community holiday events and projects. We will be working together this summer on the Recycle Park project. The library partners with MVI on community development issues such as workforce development and housing programs for our patrons as well as the overall betterment of our community.
A project initiated by Cheryl Capezzuti, Puppets for Pittsburgh is a free lending library of giant puppets. You can check puppets out with a library card from the Braddock Carnegie Library or the Bethel Park Community Library. You can also contact Studio Cappezzuti to check out a puppet directly from the studio located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood of Brighton Heights.
Realizing the need for adult/children community spaces, a group of North Braddock residents, local organizations (including North Braddock Borough, North Braddock Cares, Transformazium, the Braddock Carnegie Library, & the Carnegie Museum of Art), started envisioning the potential for the park to communicate a form of neighborhood engagement that reimagines existing resources and spaces. The project was named Recycle Park to reflect the “second life” of the park and for the desire to revitalize the park by reimagining cast off materials found around the neighborhood.
Transformazium (Leslie Stem, Dana Bishop-Root and Ruthie Stringer) is a 7 year-old neighborhood based collaborative initiative. Transformazium has an embedded partnership with Braddock Carnegie Library. It utilizes the spaces for expression, encounter, investigation and resource exchange that the library provides. The library’s partnership with Transformazium has been critical to our new programs and has brought innovative ideas that mesh the community with Transformazium and the library.