Summer Reading: Thank You

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever Virtual Summer Reading Program for 2020. We learned a lot from the experience and we hope you enjoyed it. We'll send a survey to participants in the next week or so; if you have a few minutes, we'd love to know what you thought about the program.

Curbside Updates

Now that the catalog is back in service, we've retired the Local Holds form in order to avoid confusion. Please place all item orders through the library catalog. Pickup is available daily from Monday-Saturday during our posted staff hours.

You'll receive a telephone, text, or email notification when your items are ready; call us to schedule a time to pick up your items. Please be aware that there will be extended processing times for items received from other libraries.

If you have any questions or need help placing a hold order, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Continuing Precautions

The library building is not yet open to patrons, but staff will be available by telephone or email to answer questions or take pickup orders. When we are ready to admit patrons again, we will announce it here.

We are accepting returns of all items in the outside book drop only. Items entering the library will be quarantined for 72 hours before check-in, but overdue fees will not be charged because of this delay.

We will not be able to accept donations of books or other physical items for the remainder of 2020; donations left in the parking lot or the outside drop box will be discarded. All on-site programming for the remainder of 2020 has been suspended, including hosted programs. The Keith Room will not be available for rent.

Our schedule for reopening or the services offered may change at any time depending on guidance from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, and/or availability of personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies for staff.

Summer Reading Origami Bonus: Make a Heron

In a special extra Origami Club video, Amy demonstrates how to make a long-legged origami heron. This project is a little tricky, but if you’ve made a crane or practiced with some of our other origami videos, we’re sure you can do it.

Summer Reading Story & Craft: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

For the last of our Summer Reading Story & Craft videos, Amy reads Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, and published by Sourcebooks. This is an adorable bedtime story about a young boy who doesn’t want to go to bed. He growls like a bear, slithers like a snake, roars like a lion, clings like a koala, and more. Will his mother ever manage to get the boy and his menagerie to sleep? Afterwards, … Read More

Summer Origami Club: Make a Duck

Practice the traditional art of origami paper folding with Amy. This week, make way for ducklings. They look like they’re floating in the water but don’t try to put them in the bath or they’ll get all soggy.

Summer Reading Saturday Storytime: The Curious Garden

For the last of our Summer Saturday Storytimes, Amy reads The Curious Garden, written and illustrated by Peter Brown and published by Little, Brown Books. In a city where there are hardly any gardens or plants, Liam comes across an unexpected garden. He doesn’t know anything about gardening, but he knows that he wants this one to thrive. And the garden? It wants to explore the city… Afterwards, make your own curious little tree with salt dough.

ACLA Summer Reading: Final Week Activities

The theme for the final week of ACLA Summer Reading programs is Pittsburgh, from the past to the present and into the future, featuring presentations from community partners like the Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Check out the programming lineup at the ACLA Summer Reading site.

Summer Reading Story & Craft Videos: Week 8

We’re making up for lost time with a new batch of Summer Reading story and craft videos! We’ve got animals from antelope to zebra, a story about what happens when boys and girls don’t quite see eye-to-eye, and an origami project to make an elephant face. We have one more set of videos lined up for the final week of Summer Reading, so please look forward to them!

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