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A musical conversation on St. Patrick’s Day

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day is people playing Irish music. I like Irish music both because it makes good use of the fiddle (or violin, if you prefer) and because I used to play it. A … Continue reading

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Bugs Don’t Bug Us…

…because Danger Club-ers are brave, curious sorts like the heroine of the book, Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald. Eating bugs will be optional at the Danger Club program this Saturday, 2:30 PM  in the Children’s Department at Main, … Continue reading

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Where is the Potty?

At Let’s Learn Spanish yesterday evening, we learned how to ask that all-important question: ¿Dónde está el baño? / Where is the potty? We read the hilarious book Oh No, Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya. The kids could definitely … Continue reading

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SUMMER READING ENDS SATURDAY!!!!!!

We heard your dinosaur favorites. We stuck on your stickers. We taught you the polka and the bunny hop. We told you stories. And you’ve told us about the books you’ve read.  We hope we’ve given you at least a … Continue reading

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Review: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I knew I was in for something when I saw both Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on the cover–two of the darkest-humored authors in children’s lit. I was half right; this is a dark book. (Ahem. Sorry.) It’s also a … Continue reading

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The Many, Many Lives of Cinderella

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will bring a preview of the Cinderella to the Carnegie Library Children’s Department on Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 PM. They dance a version based on the one most of us know the best, first published … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tales: A Celebration of My StoryMaker

  Tuesday afternoon was a time for celebrating the relaunch of My StoryMaker with magical stories, life-sized characters, and ,of course, cupcakes.  My StoryMaker was named “One of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning” by the American Association of School Librarians, … Continue reading

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You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.

As our colleagues in Teensburgh remind us, the National Educators Association urges us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 by reading to a child. Dr. Seuss himself provides plenty of options: There are lots of other wacky books … Continue reading

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Review: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

A fitting read for a Monday morning. Humans aren’t the only creatures who need a nudge to get up in the morning, but when you’re Waking Dragons, it’s more like a heave.

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Hello world!

Technology is getting younger every day; gadgets for many kids are a given, and books and literacy apps abound. But what happens when we’re too focused on a screen? In this clever interpretation of the most famous line in computer … Continue reading

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