The pumpkins were great!

Did you see these pumpkins?!?  Our Bring-Your-Own-Decorated-Pumpkin contest generated some very creative and clever entries.  Of course, everyone won a prize!

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There will be more fall and family-friendly Halloween stories and songs during Storytelling Around The World on Saturday, November 1st at 2:30pm in the Children’s Dept.–just in case you haven’t had enough!

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Don your costume and come to our Halloween Party!

Tuesday, October 28th is the date for our annual Halloween Costume Party and Bring-Your-Own-Decorated-Pumpkin contest!  The program will begin at 7:00 pm with stories told by the Brilliant Bookworms, a youth storytelling group from Winchester Thurston School.  This is a bonus for everyone!

After the stories, we’ll parade through the library and go “trick-or-treating” for trinkets and goodies.

We’ll end up back in the Children’s Dept. to see the pumpkins and the ribbons they won!  It will be a great night!

For more info and to pre-register, please click here

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Sign Time: Baby Talk will start at 11:00 AM on Mondays

Baby Talk is changing its start time to 11:00 AM starting Monday, October 6.  It had previously been at 11:45 AM; we hope this helps for those who wish to attend.

This program introduces simple signs, from American Sign Language, that help children and their caregivers communicate with one another.  Most young children can understand what you are saying to them, however, getting the child to respond in a fashion that’s understood can sometimes be challenging.  Sign language can help this process and be powerful for the child.

For more info, click here.

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Sensory Discoveries Storytime

We’re back! Sensory Discoveries has returned as a weekly storytime on Sundays at 2pm.  Join us for hands-on sensory experiences, stories and songs. For more information, click here.

At this week’s storytime, we used paint and bubble wrap to create works of art!

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Time changes for Monday morning storytimes

The storytimes that are held on Monday mornings in the Children’s Department are shifting times just slightly–

Baby and Me will begin at 10:15 am

Terrific Tales for Toddlers will begin at 11:15am

Baby Talk will begin at 11:45am

These will take effect on Monday, September 8.

We look forward to seeing you then!

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On Display: Children’s Special Collections

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The addition of glass doors to a section of shelves in the Children’s Department at Main provides a new view of unique materials from our Special Collections. Different selections of historical significance will be featured on a regular basis.

This reference collection offers resources for students of children’s literature, educators, librarians, and other interested library users. The collection continues to grow with new and historical materials added to enhance its scope

Frances Jenkins Olcott, Laura Cathon, Elva Sophronia Smith, and Margaret Hodges were not only librarians, but well-known writers and experts in the field of children’s literature.

Frances Jenkins Olcott, Laura Cathon, Elva Sophronia Smith, and Margaret Hodges were not only librarians, but well-known writers and experts in the field of children’s literature.

 

Our Storytelling and Folklore collections include traditional tales retold in picture book form as well as collections of tales.  These materials celebrate the diversity of many cultures, and represent a variety of time periods.

Our Storytelling and Folklore collections include traditional tales retold in picture book form as well as collections of tales. These materials celebrate the diversity of many cultures, and represent a variety of time periods.

 

Children’s Special Collections is located in the Children’s Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main. Materials in the collection are available during regular library hours.

Circulating copies of a number of titles in this collection are also available for check-out in the Children’s Department or through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and district libraries.

Mon – Thu: 10 AM – 8 PM

Fri, Sat: 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Sun: 12 – 5 PM

For questions and more information call 412.622.3122 or email us at children@carnegielibrary.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fizz, Boom, Fun!

We had an absolute BLAST in our Fizz, Boom, Fun program last week!  We made snow–yeah, even in July; we made spaghetti dance–almost like Big Anthony does in the story Strega Nona; we stuck a pencil through a gallon-sized Ziploc bag partially filled with water; and we made butter!  Of course, we had to taste the butter and that was best had on some crackers.

A couple of these ideas came from the book Oobleck, Slime and Dancing Spaghetti:  twenty terrific at-home science experiments inspired by favorite children’s book  by Jennifer Williams.

While most of the kids stuck 2 pencils through the Ziploc bag, these boys managed to get 23 pencils in theirs!!

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And when everyone was done, we jumped into the 21st century and took a selfie!  Sorry that some of the kids had already left.

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What fun!

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Storytelling Around The World!

Storytellers Sara Walker (10th grader), Jennifer Kraar, Joan Schenker and myself told stories to an attentive yet enthusiastic audience.  An adult volunteer became the fairy–complete with wings and wand–in one of the stories and his antics had everyone laughing!

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Science is awesome!!

Storytellers Joanna Demarest and Stas Ziolkowski showed a very large crowd today how awesome science can be!  It started with a bang–twice–and ended with the stars in the sky.  We learned about radio waves, how light travels, how the telephone was invented, the pendulum and much more!

Check out these photos!

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Fizzle, Sizzle, and Twizzle!

Watch science come alive  with demonstrations and stories about Alexander Graham Bell and Galileo as local storytellers Joanna Demarest and Stas Ziolkowski present “Fizzle, Sizzle, and Twizzle!” on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:30am in the Children’s Department.

There’ll be lots of hands-on demonstrations in this program that is suitable for all ages.

Want to learn more?  Check these out!

 

Alexander Graham Bell / by Leonard Everett Fisher

Always inventing : a photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell / by Tom L. Matthews

I, Galileo / Bonnie Christensen

Starry messenger : a book depicting the life of a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist, Galileo Galilei / created and illustrated by Peter Sis

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