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The Luck of the Irish (and Everyone Else)

Here in Pittsburgh we’re extremely lucky to have Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures as a community partner. They bring in nationally renowned authors for their Drue Heinz Lectures and with their Black White & Read All Over series present similarly distinguished … Continue reading

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Elsie’s Bird

If you’ve ever had to leave the safety and security of your home and move to a new and foreign place, you’ll empathize with the title character of Jane Yolen’s latest picture book Elsie’s Bird. Young Elsie and her father … Continue reading

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Over Sea and Under Stone

Over Sea and Under Stone, The first of Susan Cooper’s five Dark is Rising books, begins with an engaging mystery. Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew, staying with their parents in the Grey House in Trewissick, Cornwall, discover an ancient parchment … Continue reading

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DRAWING TOGETHER at the LIBRARY

Do you, or a child you know, like to draw? On Monday afternoons, from 2:00 to 3:30 we’ve been Drawing Together at the Library. Weather permiting we go outside to sketch. When rain threatens we stay indoors and sketch specimens … Continue reading

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Are You Signed Up for Summer Reading?

Parents, teachers and other adults: Are you signed up for summer reading club? I was feeling a bit of a hypocrite by extolling the virtues of Summer Reading Club to children and not being signed up myself, so I walked … Continue reading

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Danny is Done With Diapers but Just Starting his career as a picture book star!!!

 On Monday, library staff and patrons were treated to a read-aloud by local children’s author Rebecca O’Connell.  Rebecca read from her just-released picture book Danny is Done with Diapers: A Potty A B C.  Writing an A B C book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gary Paulsen’s Guts

Gary Paulsen’s Guts A review by Mr. Felidae Panthera Leo,  Carnegie Museum of Natural History resident and Patte Kelley, Department Head, Children’s Mr. Leo prowled over from the Natural History Museum for a read-aloud. He requested Gary Paulsen’s Guts (don’t … Continue reading

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Do You Kazoo?

It’s almost that time again…NATIONAL KAZOO WEEK. And that means it’s almost time for the Fouth Annual Oakland KazooFest at the Library. Head on over to 4400 Forbes Avenue on Saturday, January 30th at 1:30 PM. Spiffy library logo kazoos will … Continue reading

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Like Cartoons?

CARTOON LOVERS…. Whether you like to read ‘em, draw ‘em, or both, have we got a program for you! Local cartoonist and creative force behind Pittsburgh’s new Toonseum JOE WOS will be making TWO appearances in the Children’s Department this month: … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS in the COUNTRY by CYNTHIA RYLANT

Whether you have your own fond memories of country Christmases past or you’ve never spent December 25th outside the Pittsburgh city limits, travel back in time with Cynthia Rylant to share her memories of Christmases spent with her grandparents in … Continue reading

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