Books: Powerful Tools for Exploring Emotions

It’s the end of the year.

Expectations are high.

How do you make sure everyone is alright?

The answer is not simple.

It is really quite  unclear.

But, books are powerful tools. 

So please, do not fear.

As a former employee in a small but bustling toy store, and now as a Children’s & Teen Librarian, I feel I have seen the spectrum of joy and stress that end of year deadlines and holidays can deliver to community members. This year, I consulted Marilyn Alberts, who has a Masters Degree in Child Development and who is funded through the Birmingham Foundation to serve families on Pittsburgh’s South Side via Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Knoxville. Alberts was able to share some practical tips about facing year end stress, and both of us found some books that can help caregivers explore the concepts of expectations and emotions with children.

Tips & Insights:

  • Include children in activities for any year end holiday. It takes more time, but it will mean a lot if they take part in decorating, making, or preparing for a gathering.
  • Find part of your routine that can stay the same during the year’s end. Stick to your bedtime routine, for example, to create a haven from holiday schedules that can depart from the norm. This maintains some continuity and a sense of safety.
  • Be transparent about plans and acknowledge things that might be particularly exciting or difficult this year, as families and expectations shift.
  • Read. Reading together does not just open up critical dialogues about feelings — it also creates bonds that last a lifetime.



Who Done It by Olivier Tallec is an interactive book that challenges the reader to identify feelings among a cast of beautiful illustrated characters.


I Wish I Had… by Giovanna Ziboli explores traits and abilities through the eyes of animals big and small.


Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett uses bright illustrations and conversational prose to tell a story of expectation, disappointment, and a sweet change of heart.


Red Sled by Lita Judge is a nearly wordless book that invites readers on a joyful night time sled ride. Practice identifying sounds and adapting to twists and turns!


Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail is about losing your temper and finding it again.

When reading, you can start to have conversations about the emotions you see. It is not possible to have all the answers when discussing emotions. Sharing books that explore emotions is a great tool to opening conversations, and to allow children to see themselves in stories. Together, you will find names and a common vocabulary for exploring emotions year round.

So, now what?

Visit your nearest public library and talk with a Librarian about books that can help you talk about specific emotions, and about year end holidays you celebrate.

By Angela, CLP – Squirrel Hill

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“Play is the work of childhood.” (Jean Piaget)

A lot has changed since I started as the Children’s librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Downtown & Business in February 2014! We definitely had kids coming in with their parents. But we were not a destination for playing. These children came because their parent needed to use the library for materials or computers. We had no area for the children to play, and no toys out in the open. I couldn’t imagine where we would put toys out in the library, or where the children would play with them.

When children came in, we gave them crayons and coloring sheets if they were on the first floor, and assorted puzzles along with coloring sheets if they were on our lower level. These had limited success, and often we would be giving stickers to the same child every five minutes.

Within six months of my starting at the position of Children’s librarian at CLP–Downtown & Business, we had come up with the concept of “Kid Kits” but we were unsure how to proceed. Would the kits be something that kids could take with them? What type of packaging would we use for the kits? What would we put in the kits? While questions are useful, two summers (the busiest time for children’s librarians) came and went before we made a deadline to just get this project DONE.

We’ve had the “Kid Kits” out for about two weeks. Two live on the first floor and one lives on the lower level. A “Kid Kit” consists of a colorful plastic box with crayons and coloring sheets (why mess with the classics?) but also some toddler books (board books or cloth books), plastic animals, and some wooden cars. They are a hit! They live behind the desk, and are offered to kids who need to sit quietly while their parent is doing some work at a table or a computer.

Now that we have the “Kid Kits” and toys out in the open, I shake my head at how long it took to get from the idea’s conception to its conclusion. But hindsight is 20/20. The kits were used right away, as were the toys out in the open. Children are happy to play with the toys and the parents are pleased to see their children playing. While it does mean that sometimes you can’t walk through the aisle where the children’s books are shelved, this is a small price to pay for happy children.


Contents of a “Kids Kit”

We also have a bin of toys on each level: the clear plastic bins have three rails for trains, some train cars, and some plastic cars.

trucks and trains and tracks!

Trucks and trains and tracks!

The toys were an instant hit. Here you see boys playing with trucks and trains not even a half hour after the toys were put on the shelf!


Jordon, left, and Jayden, playing with trucks and trains!

Do you have an unusual space where children visit? What are some work arounds you have used?

by Suzi,  CLP–Downtown & Business 

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All Hands on Tech: Exploring Technology in Kids Library Programming

Screen time, apps, iPads, oh my! In our world of constantly evolving technology and instantaneous access to information, the question of when and how to introduce technology in the lives of our youngest library patrons is a big one. At the core of this discussion lie some essential questions that educators and caregivers alike must consider: how much tech exposure is balanced, and how much is too much? What is the Library’s role in providing technology access to kids? What is our role in combating the digital divide in our communities and providing kids and families access to tech tools? How do we incorporate technology in ways which are intentional, balanced, engaging, interactive and developmentally appropriate for even our youngest library users?

iPad picture group workQuestions of this nature formed the foundation for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Technology Pilot, an ongoing project which began in May 2013. Recognizing that children are growing up with a wide variety of technologies that support literacy and learning, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children’s Services created a plan to integrate technology into children’s library services, with a specific focus on iPad technology. Essentially, we hoped to determine high quality, positive technology tools and resources that could be harnessed for good. Our goal is to provide our children and their families with beneficial library experiences that begin at a young age and continue with The Labs programming for teens and technology-infused library programming for adults.

Much research was conducted, asking critical questions such as: what makes an app great? What kinds of tablets and devices should we start with first? How can we connect what is happening with technology in Children’s, Teen and Adult services so that we foster a holistic continuum of learning for all? We brainstormed with local educators, librarians near and far, and consulted various resources such as: Cen Campbell’s blog Little eLit, the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) webinars, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College joint position statement, “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through age 8.”

IMG_5166Using this information as our philosophical backbone for developing a long-term plan, technology pilot goals and objectives were created and shared. The process of planning, incorporating and evaluating technology integration in children’s services began with six Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) locations and the Library’s early learning and elementary outreach program, BLAST (Bringing Libraries and Schools Together). The pilot was a tremendous success, and because of good results and subsequent support, all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations are now equipped with a set of iPads for children’s programming. We were eager to share our learning process and findings, including the Technology Pilot Report detailing this process, apps lists, lesson plans and surveys used to gauge the overall effectiveness of the pilot. To access all of this information, please visit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Technology page. In addition to this method of sharing and various presentations regarding this work, Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media, The Fred Rogers Center and CLP collaborated to create a video that highlights our philosophy of technology use in Children’s Services and our role as Media Mentors.

This project has sparked fruitful conversation among children’s, teen, and adult services staff regarding technology use as a library system, striving to live the concept of a connected, unified continuum of learning among library users of all ages. Such brainstorming has allowed us to get even closer to turning this dream into a reality. Most recently, we have begun collaborating with The Labs to ensure that there is a seamless connection between children’s and teen tech programs. Under the leadership of Kelly Rottmund (Teen Services Coordinator) and Corey Wittig (Digital Learning Librarian), two new Labs mentors have been added to the awesome Labs team. One of these new staffers, Sienna Cittadino, will work specifically with kids and teens alike at two new weekly Labs locations set in smaller neighborhood library locations.


Thinking beyond the iPad, children’s staff have also received preliminary training using technology such as Little Bits, Squishy Circuits, and Makey Makey. The format of this experience was similar to the Learning with the Labs Professional Development series offered for all CLP staff, and has been critical in our decision to incorporate these technologies into our Kids Tech lesson plans and Super Science program plans.

Be sure to check out our upcoming STEM-infused programs for kids and their families at the library!

On the busy road of rapid technology changes and the ever-evolving role of the library in our community, it’s a beautiful thing to know that there exists a budding intersection of learning initiatives for library users of every age and stage.

This was originally published on Library as Incubator Project on October 13, 2015.

By Rachel, CLP–Squirrel Hill

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Haunting Reads for Halloween

Fall is here bringing cooler weather, longer nights, changing leaves, and Halloween!  It’s the perfect time of year to grab a hot cider and snuggle up with a scary story.  With so many chilling tales out there, I asked the Children’s and Teen Librarians at CLP – Squirrel Hill to share their favorite spooky stories. Calling all goblins and little ghouls–we hope you enjoy these haunting reads for Halloween!

My current favorite one to read with kids is Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas. This interactive read-aloud engages the reader in trying to get an imaginary bug off of themselves through all sorts of goofy plans such as blowing it off and doing the chicken dance and even imagining a huge frog.”-Megan, Manager of Children’s Services

“My favorite book for Halloween is Cold Feet by Cynthia C. DeFelice because it is the perfect combination of funny, scary, and disgusting!” -Rebecca, Children’s Librarian

“The book, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, kept me up all night when I was little.  I especially loved the story, “The Green Ribbon,” because it is so creepy!” -Kristen, Children’s Librarian

The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a story about a witch trying to pick a giant pumpkin with help from a few ghoulish friends.  It’s about teamwork and collaboration with a humorous twist.” -Rachel, Children’s/Teen Librarian

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is one of my new favorite scary books!  It’s a collection of short stories by popular YA authors inspired by movies, music, books and pop culture.  My favorite story is “Stitches” by A.G. Howard–a tale not for the squeamish!” -Maddie, Teen/Children’s Librarian

The Night Gardener by Pittsburgh author Jonathan Auxier, is a creepy story about two siblings looking for work in a decaying mansion on the edge of the dark sourwoods.  This story is part mystery, part thriller, and examines big concepts such as human greed, and the difference between telling stories versus telling lies.” -Jessica, Children’s Specialist

Join us for some spooky fun by checking out these special Halloween programs at a variety of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations.  We hope to see you there!

-by Jessica, CLP – Squirrel Hill

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Postcards at the Neighborhood Flea!


My table at the Neighborhood Flea, with postcards and books about postcards.


Can you spy postcards, a green marker, and the “L” temporary tattoo?

This Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of representing the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at the Neighborhood Flea, a curated flea-type market that runs from April to October in the Strip District.

I took vintage postcards along with all the regular outreach paraphernalia (tent, table, chairs, library branch calendars, flyers, and the all important CLP “L” temporary tattoo.) I met people from neighborhoods all over Pittsburgh, as well as folks from Latrobe, Johnstown, Manhattan, and Connecticut.

Why postcards? Over the summer, I did a program with sticker passports and postcards and iPads, using the Children of the World by Peter Guttman app by Banzai Labs. I bought vintage postcards from the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Each child got one sticker “passport” and two postcards. You can get sticker passports at Oriental Trading. We talked about what a postcard is used for  and why you would need a passport.

In the library programs with school children, I let the children play with sticker passports while I walked around with the iPad and asked to see their postcards. We’d find the red pin closest to the location of the postcard (no pictures from Pittsburgh, WHAT?) and the children would touch the iPad so we could look at pictures of children around the world.

What books did I use? It varied. For the first program, I used Toot and Puddle (which features postcards from one friend traveling the world to the other friend doing fun things at home) as my read aloud and atlases and the Children Just Like Me books by Dorling Kindersley as supplemental books for the children to look at. For the second program, I raided our folktales area and used The Bremen Town Musicians as the read aloud book, and put world folk tales on each table for the children to look at during the program. I also read With a Friend by Your Side which has pictures of children around the world doing things together.

You and your children can explore the fun of travel and the wonder of world cultures without leaving home. Check out one of these excellent books to start your own adventures in reading!


-Suzi, CLP- Downtown & Business

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Author Kate DiCamillo Visits Pittsburgh

“How does she do it? She talks about the big issues– abandonment, depression, love– makes them so age appropriate, and does it with such finesse and grace.”

The “she” here is author extraordinaire Kate DiCamillo, who will be at the Carnegie 16_DiCamilloLibrary Lecture Hall this Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in a special event sponsored by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Kids.

I hope Stephanie Flom from PA&L doesn’t mind me quoting her sentiment, if not her exact words. I think this willingness to address the big issues so aptly sums up the wonder of Kate DiCamillo.

Among Kate’s many accolades are two Newbery Medals, a Newbery Honor, The Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. She was recently named National Ambassador for Children’s Literature.

Kate has written seventeen books, two of which have been made into movies. Her characters– Flora, Ulysses, Desperaux, India Opal, Mercy Watson, Bink and Gollie, and a host of memorable others- grab us with their feisty uniqueness and zest for life.


Most important of all, children love her books. In fact, when kids in the library have seen our display of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux, Mercy Watsons, and Bink and Gollies, they go, “I’ve read those books! They were so good!”

Following Kate’s appearance on Thursday, come to the Children’s Department at the Main Library for a celebration of this amazing author’s work. While you wait to get a book signed, you can see scientific artifacts of animals from her books, snuggle with service dogs, watch the movie version of The Tale of Desperaux, and see the winning submissions from third-sixth graders for the Our Stories, Our Community contest, which will allow five children to meet Kate DiCamillo up close and in person.

Head to the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures website and the CLP Events page for more info about this exciting event!

-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main- Children’s

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Connecting Kids With Culture

Although I’m not Latino, I feel a strong connection to all things Latin American. My wife and in-laws are from Panama, and therefore Latin culture is something that we want to immerse our children in culturally and linguistically, so they recognize and appreciate their maternal roots. How do we do this when we’re thousands of miles away from that culture? The Library has plenty of resources to help.


There are lots of kids’ Spanish music CDs, and ones for grownups, too!

spanishbopSpanish Bop 15 Favorite Children’s Songs – Produced as part of the “Little Pim” language learning series, this has excellent nursery rhymes and catchy kids songs to sing along with.

Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs – Another title from the “Little Pim” collection, Sabor! has great easy songs for singing along in Spanish.

Putumayo Presents Latin Playground – Putumayo, which produces a wide variety of global music for kids and adults, puts together a collection of kid-friendly songs from throughout Latin America.

I’ve found kids end up loving Latin American music that’s not “for kids” anyway.  Check out awesome artists like Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades,AventuraFania All Stars and many more for some great music that will get your kids dancing too!  Also, you can tune in to Pittsburgh’s Latin music radio show, La Rumba, on Thursdays between 7-9 pm on 88.3 FM or WRCT.


My kids are 3 and 5, so these choices are geared towards that demographic.

Maria Had a Little Llamalittlellama – A cute rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb.  This story has both English and Spanish text.  The illustrations are excellent, noting the indigenous dress of Peru and matching backgrounds.

Don’t Say a Word, Mamá = No digas nada, Mamá – Another excellent bilingual tale; the illustrations have a Mexican style.  The story of two sisters and their love for their mother, peppered with traditional Mexican food ingredients like corn, chiles and tamales. Great illustrations!

My Grandma = Mi abuelita –  A cute story about a child and their family traveling to visit their grandma in a different country.  Excellent bilingual story and the backdrop could work for any country in Latin America.


mexicancookingNo discussion of culture would be complete without my favorite element, food!  Now, food in Latin America, like most other things in Latin America, is incredibly diverse, and I don’t claim to know a lot about the cuisines of all Latin American countries, because I don’t.  Although there are certain common themes in Latin American dishes (tamales, empanadas, rice, corn) even those themes are very different country to country. Here are some awesome cookbooks that contain recipes my kids will actually eat.

Secrets of Colombian Cooking – There are actually no Panamanian cookbooks in the library system, yet. But Panama’s neighbor, Colombia, has very similar gastronomy. This cookbook contains recipes of things kids will love like empanadas, sancocho (a hearty soup), arroz con coco (rice with coconut) and desserts like flan, tres leches and rice pudding.  This is definitely an adult’s cookbook, but kids will love to eat the delicious food.

Mexico – This is a kids’ cookbook. The recipes are simple and fun to make. I love the homemade tortilla recipe, and what kid doesn’t love using a rolling pin on some dough?  Other delicious dishes include picadillo and fried bean cakes.

Cool Mexican Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes For Kids – I love this series of cookbooks for kids.  Similar to the title above, also easy-to-make and fun dishes that kids will eat.

Spanish Language Learning Resources for kids

Even though my wife and I both try to always speak Spanish at home, and even though we try to travel to Panama every year, oftentimes our kids don’t want to speak Spanish.  I don’t fret though because I know the library can help!  The library has plenty of resources to help you and your children learn languages (I wrote about them a little over a year ago.)  Here are some of the children’s resources again:

Little Pim –  Online videos you can watch with your child that teach basic vocabulary.  Available in additional languages than just Spanish.

Muzzy Online – Similar to the above mentioned, cartoon videos that teach your kids the basics of the language.

Speak Spanish with Dora & Diego! – Audio recording paired with books that help your child learn with beloved characters Dora & Diego.

Community organizations and events

Throughout the year Pittsburgh’s Latin American community has many family events that are excellent ways to expose kids to Latin American culture.  A great place to find info on these events is the Latin American Culture Union’s calendar.  Some of our favorite events include the LACU’s summer picnic in August and Pitt’s Latin American and Caribbean Festival every March.  These events often have music, food, dance, activities for kids and much more.  They’re also a great way to meet some neighbors and celebrate Pittsburgh’s diversity.

If you’re bringing up your kids to be bicultural, how do you do it? What tools do you use to keep your kids close to their roots, whatever those roots may be?  How do you expose your children to cultures other than your own?  I’d love to hear from you!

(This was first posted on the Eleventh Stack – another great blog from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! You can find the original post here)

By Scott

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Bilingual Storytimes = Building Community

Over the past several months, Children’s Specialists at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) developed a pilot program of bilingual storytimes in a way that grew volunteer partnerships and served speakers of many languages. Partnership with volunteer presenters has allowed for a true skill share – volunteers gain storytime presentation skills, and children’s specialists find ways to learn and incorporate two languages into programs. I conducted a Q&A e-interview with my colleagues at CLP – Squirrel Hill to learn more, while also getting the opportunity to observe Spanish/English bilingual storytimes. Megan Fogt, Library Services Manager for Children & Teen Services, and Rachel Nard, Children’s Librarian, were able to reflect on the prep and delivery at CLP – Squirrel Hill.

Here is where you can find bilingual storytimes across the city:



Photos: Families at Bilingual Storytime at CLP – East Liberty (left) and CLP – Squirrel Hill (right). Photos by CLP Communications and Creative Services.

Nard reflected on the most recent Spanish/English storytime at CLP – Squirrel Hill. “…We had one family in particular whose first language is Spanish, and the other families in attendance spoke some Spanish or none at all. The little girl in attendance who spoke Spanish as her first language was delighted to help teach vocabulary words in Spanish and sing songs in a leadership/teaching role.  She was clearly involved in the storytime on a very personal, meaningful level.”

Nard offered some of the titles that families have connected with at bilingual storytimes:

Photo of La Oruga Muy Hambrienta by Eric Carle

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta by Eric Carle offers the perfect opportunity to learn food vocabulary in Spanish. We also often pair the Spanish and English texts with certain motions and expressions in an effort to draw parallels between the two languages and increase understanding of the text.


I see the sun in Nepal = Ma nēpāla mā sūrya dēkhna by Dedie King offers a peek into life in Bandipur, Nepal. This title is a pick from CLP – Carrick Librarian Maggie Craig.


Piggies/Cerditos by Audrey and Don Wood is a wonderful book for a highly interactive reading experience.


The Chinese language version of From Head to Toe by Eric Carle is especially useful when looking for an interactive story that involves lots of movement and positive repetition. Also a great story for learning basic vocabulary in a brand new language.

Fogt reflected on how these programs serve diverse populations, and also build community. “Pittsburgh is home to people from many different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Bilingual Storytimes provide an opportunity to build relationships with all members of our communities by functioning as an access point for other library resources and services.  The programs also welcome native English-speaking families interested in expanding their exposure to world cultures and languages and will seek to build a greater sense of community by facilitating understanding and communication among neighbors.”

Looking ahead, the bilingual storytime pilot will be evaluated in early 2016. There will be more bilingual learning for families all over Pittsburgh! Stay tuned.

By Angela Wiley, CLP – Squirrel Hill

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Playing and Learning at Family PlayShop

Experimenting with height at CLP- Woods Run.

Experimenting with height at CLP- Woods Run.

Fall is a natural time of the year to begin something new. Back-to-school season brings new teachers, new friends, and sometimes a new school. For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, one of the best ways to learn new things is through play.

Play is how children make sense of the world around them. Different types of play can help children develop a wide variety of skills.

Playing house at CLP-Allegheny.

Playing house at CLP-Allegheny.

For example, dramatic or pretend play, i.e. playing make-believe, helps children develop social skills like taking turns, sharing responsibilities, and solving problems. By playing with blocks and other building materials, children gain an understanding of basic math concepts such as shape, size, and measurement, and can have fun experimenting with balance and gravity.

Dressing up as community helpers at CLP- Woods Run.

Dressing up as community helpers at CLP- Woods Run.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides an enriched play environment at our Family PlayShop programs. This series of programs takes place over five weeks, with a weekly one-hour playing and learning session. PlayShop programs are a perfect opportunity for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adults to make new friends, use toys to learn about their world, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists.

Having fun at CLP-Brookline.

Having fun at CLP-Brookline.

Each week provides an opportunity to connect with a different community agency. During the program, parents and caregivers have connected with nutritionists and early intervention specialists, and have learned about dental health, Allegheny County’s WIC program, and more.

Practicing motor skills at CLP- East Liberty.

Practicing motor skills at CLP- East Liberty.

The play area at the program is set up with different learning stations and corresponding toys. Children can experiment with musical instruments together while developing social and motor skills at the music station. Climbing, jumping, and crawling in the gross motor area will help toddlers develop those important movement skills, while the transportation station may help children learn concepts like “over,” “around,” “under,” and “through,” and build language and vocabulary skills.

Trying a new puzzle at CLP-Brookline.

Trying a new puzzle at CLP-Brookline.

Don’t miss the fun! Join us for playing, learning and meeting new friends at a Family PlayShop program this fall!

Making new friends at CLP-West End.

Making new friends at CLP-West End.

by Erin–CLP-Brookline

Making music together at CLP- Allegheny.

Making music together at CLP- Allegheny.

Learning about teeth-brushing at CLP-Lawrenceville.

Learning about teeth-brushing at CLP-Lawrenceville.

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“Literacy Unlocked”

For the past year, I have been involved in the Carnegie Library’s Literacy Unlocked program. Literacy Unlocked is a partnership between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ). Each month, librarians bring book clubs, financial education, resume building, parenting classes and more to the inmates at the ACJ.

On the third Saturday of each month, the ACJ has contact visits for a privileged group of inmates. Before going down to visit with their incarcerated family member, visitors can spend time in the Family Activity Center (FAC), a carpeted area with toys, games, craft tables and books.   Myself and one or two other librarians will set up an area in the FAC with crafts, books and building materials to entertain the kids while they wait for their visit.

In addition to visiting with children in the FAC, librarians also provide storytimes inside the jail. During contact visits, children are able to interact face-to-face with their incarcerated parent in a room with board games, toys and tables. At the end of these visits, the inmates are then searched individually by guards before being escorted back to their unit. This can often be a scary and sad experience for young visitors, so we engage the kids with songs, stories and rhymes during the transition.

Being a part of a program like Literacy Unlocked has been one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences I have had the opportunity to participate in. If you or anyone you know has a parent or close relative in prison, here are some books you can find at your local Carnegie Library location.

2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner for illustrations.

-by Maddie, CLP-Squirrel Hill

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