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Passport to the World: Hawai`i

Young kahiko (ancient) hula dancers Are you tired of snow and ice? Grab your beach towel and come to sunny Hawai’i with our Passport to the World program on Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 pm! Listen to the legend of … Continue reading

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Use our Passport programs to see the world!

Julie and Ruth pull out the enormous turnip from Dedushka’s garden in Passport to the World : Russia (Nov. 9, 2013). Snow and gray skies getting you down?  Take a virtual vacation in Hawai’i with us on Saturday, Feb. 15, … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a Chance of Oobleck

The Children’s Department discovered that a recently returned picture book reveals new evidence of climate change.  Sometimes, people accidentally leave books outside where rain or snow can turn them to pulp.  However, the unusual, greenish precipitation that destroyed this Dr. Seuss classic picture book turns … Continue reading

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Annual Spring Puppet Show: Peter Rabbit and The Enormous Turnip

  Join us for two tales of the season! Beatrix Potter’s classic story about the mischievous bunny who sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden looking for good things to eat will charm children ages 3-6.  Children will then participate in … Continue reading

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A Timeless Counting Book from Mitsumasa Anno

More than thirty-five years ago, Japanese illustrator and elementary school teacher Mitsumasa Anno created a children’s counting book that continues to be an excellent introduction to the decimal number system. Born out of the author’s fascination with mathematics, Anno’s Counting … Continue reading

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“If you see a scary dog be a “tree”…” Dog Safety Program

Marsha (holding Sizzle), with Maui, and Humane Police Officer, Amber We’ve been so lucky this summer to have Marsha Robbins (Humane Educator from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society) teach a dog safety program to some of our visiting camp groups. On … Continue reading

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Dance around the World to China…Stories and Art, too!

Travel with us around the globe as we present folk dances, stories, and art from different countries. This coming Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm, we invite you to welcome the Chinese Year of the Dragon with a special puppet … Continue reading

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How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

     As I was preparing for Passport to the World: France on Wednesday, July 13, I remembered Mordicai Gerstein’s picture book, How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird, the author’s reflection on the nature of artistic inspiration.     … Continue reading

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Passport to the World: Hawai’i, USA

Saturday, January 22 2 – 3:00 PM Make a reservation and pack your beach towel for a virtual vacation in Hawai’i! Listen to the legend of the Shark God and learn a mele oli (chant) before the eruption of the … Continue reading

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Rick Sebak visits the Children’s Department

Pittsburgh’s own documentary producer, Rick Sebak, visited the Children’s Department last Friday to film part of the WQED series, “It’s Pittsburgh & A Lot of Other Stuff.”  Here he is with his camera man Bob and some new fans.  Catch the show … Continue reading

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