Dormont Library’s Summer Reading Program will be held from June 17 through August 19. This year’s theme is “All Together Now”, a celebration of kindness, unity, and friendship.

Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 11 AM for our Kick-Off Party and learn to square dance! All ages are invited to this demonstration of the classic American dance.
Then, sign up for the Reading Challenge or some of our special programs!

Reading Challenge

We’ll be using the Beanstack online reading tracker again this year. You can log books with just a few clicks or taps and earn badges when you reach reading milestones. All ages are welcome to participate in the challenge. For both kids and adult readers, your first goal is to read 5 books. Full details about our prizes for 2023 are coming soon.

Prefer not to use Beanstack? No problem! Call 412-531-8754 and we can log your books for you.

Summer Storytimes

Storytimes will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM and Thursdays at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. This summer, stories are about animals from all over the world!

June 20 & 22: Wolves
June 27 & 29: Frogs
July 6: Bees
July 11 & 13: Horses
July 18 & 20: Giraffes
July 25 & 27: Pigs
Aug. 1 & 9: Cats
Aug. 8 & 10: Monkeys
Aug. 15 & 17: Geese

Family Activity Days

An all-ages family storytime with an activity that everyone can do together. These will be on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month during Summer Reading.

June 24: All About Me: Quilting
July 8: Best Friends Tea Party (bring your favorite plushie!)
July 22: Rainforest Birds
August 12: Make an Egyptian Headdress

Art Around the World

We have two special community art classes lined up: one for kids in kindergarten through 3rd Grade and one for kids 3rd to 8th Grade.

For younger artists, join our exploration of art around the world on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
On June 24, learn to make a Chinese watercolor fan.
On July 8, string an African-inspired pasta necklace.
On July 22, build a sweet pyramid out of sugar.
On August 12, design and decorate a Viking shield!

Artists in 3rd to 8th Grade will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 PM.
June 27’s project is a Japanese-style peacock fan.
July 11’s project is an African paper bead collar.
July 25 will have you building an Egyptian pyramid.
And on August 8, “forge” a Viking helmet!

Finding Your Creative Voice

Adults 18 and over are invited to express themselves on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 PM. Try your hand at one or all of these artistic endeavors:

June 28: Sculpey Bead Making
July 12: Linoleum Prints
July 26: Mosaic Coasters
August 9: Clay Pot Painting

We’ll provide the materials for each of these projects, as well as hands-on assistance if necessary.

Special Events

Saturday, July 29: Christmas? In July? Get festive with a holiday karaoke and a heritage cookie swap.

Saturday, August 19: Summer Reading Ending Party! Bring a T-shirt, and try some stencil painting. This is also the final day to log books for the Reading Challenge.

PDF Schedule & Full Events Calendar

Download or print a copy of the schedule here, or come to the library and pick up a copy!