Steel City Codefest

Let your children take part in Steel City Codefest by exploring technology initiatives being utilized in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Services.

Even the youngest children can get started with the elements of basic coding using Beebots, Probots and intuitive iPad apps!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Children’s Department – Main

All families are invited to visit the Children’s Department at the Main Library to see what can be created!

For more information contact us at 412.622.3122 or

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Counting, It’s for the Birds

You may be counting down the days left in 2014, but did you know the sky is the limit when it comes to counting birds, especially this time of year?  For 115 years now, the Audubon Society has been conducting the Christmas Bird Count Report. In fact, it is the world’s longest-standing citizen science project….which means, YOU can help to count birds, too! And we have the resources to help you:

young birders guide           backyard birds of winter           first field guide

The Christmas Bird Count lasts from December 14, 2014 – January 5, 2015

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Sensory-Friendly Storytimes


Join us Sundays at 2:00pm for  Sensory Discoveries, a sensory-friendly storytime! On November 9th, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and offered a sensory-friendly program on the classic holiday story, The Nutcracker.

Did you know that the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be presenting a sensory-friendly production of the Nutcracker at the Benedum Theater on December 23rd? To learn more about these special performances, click here.

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Storytelling and Signing


The Art of Storytelling for Educators meets the 3rd Sunday (except for December) of each month from October to May.  This month (November 16th) we’ll explore how American Sign Language can be included in stories, songs, rhymes and more.  The program starts at 3:30pm, no need to pre-register, just show up.  I promise you’ll learn at least one song that you can use the next day!

You may want to explore Sign Language even further.  Here are some sources to try.

Sign language for kids : a fun & easy guide to American sign language by Lora Heller

Sign language : my first 100 words illustrated by Michiyo Nelson

Signing fun : American Sign Language vocabulary, phrases, games & activities by Penny Warner

Signing time! Series two, volume 8, My house

Signing time! Series two, volume 1, Nice to meet you

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Gregory Maguire is Coming!

Sunday, November 9, at 2:30 PM, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will bring Gregory Maguire to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main Lecture Hall.  Gregory will be talking about his latest book, Egg and Spoon , a new twist on Russian fairy tales. Following the program, meet Gregory in the Children’s Department and get your book signed.

 Egg & Spoon

You’ll find Wicked and Gregory’s other adult books in other Main Library departments, but if you want to read one of his children’s books, come to the Children’s Department to find:

The Good Liar

Leaping Beauty: and other animal fairy tales

Seven Spiders Spinning

Six Haunted Hairdos

Five Alien Elves

Four Stupid Cupids

Three Rotten Eggs

and A Couple of April Fools

Origins of Story: On Writing for Children (contributor)

Tickets for the lecture are available through Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.




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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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