Did you know that we have lots more at the library than just books? We have a HUGE collection of the newest DVD’s, magazines, audio CD’s and…VIDEO GAMES! Currently we offer Wii, Playstation 3 and XBox 360. I’d love to have suggestions on what types of games your kids would like to see on our shelves! Let me know!
Summer means baseball is in full swing and it’s time for the annual Pittsburgh Pirates Tales program! This hometown baseball organization knows the importance of libraries and is combining the love of reading with the love of sports! Here’s how it works: the more books you read, the more chances you’ll have to win tickets to a Pirates game, a storytime with a Pirates celebrity and the Pirate Parrot at PNC Park and other fun stuff!
You can enter by visiting the library for a Pirates Tales entry form or visiting carnegielibrary.org/piratestales for a downloadable form.
This program is for children ages 4-12.
While you’re at it, check out these cool books about baseball!
Summer is almost here and boy, do we have some amazing things planned for your family! Our Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Extravaganza is on Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. Radio Disney will be here with music, prizes, games and fun competitions, all airing live on the radio! We’ll have a fantastic food fundraiser to support the Children’s Department, lots of activities for the kids and the chance to be among the first to signhis year’s Summer Reading Club and Questyinz! Hope to see you there!
Grammy’s Shmammy’s…the Youth Media Awards is the real deal! I was up bright and early watching the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards announcements this morning from Philadelphia. Here are some highlights!
Newbery Award 2014
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Newbery Honor Books 2014
The Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Doll Bones by Holly Black
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Caldecott Award 2014
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Caldecott Honor Books:
Journey by Aaron Becker
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
Really excited that I called Flora & Ulysses! Seriously, what can’t Kate DiCamillo do? My pick for the Caldecott was Journey by Aaron Becker. So glad to see that he was honored. For a full list of the awards and winners check out http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners
Summer Reading is almost here! We’re gearing up for a very busy, very exciting summer! Join us on Saturday, June 15 from 11-2 for our Kick-Off Extravaganza! Radio Disney, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Sewickley YMCA, crafts, games, face painting…you name it, we’ve got it! Don’t miss it!!
We’ve got a new face in the Children’s Department! Her name is Miss Molly and she is the new Children’s Assistant! You’ll be seeing her alot around here, in story time and especially during Summer Reading. Miss Molly is finishing her Master’s in Library Science and is super excited to meet all of you!
Stop in and say hello!
Dora the Explorer. Transformers. Spongebob Squarepants. I can’t keep books with these characters on my shelves. We have a display of favorites that I probably fill at least 4 times a day. Children love to see their favorite TV characters in books, and I love to see them reading. However, some of the “older” generation of children’s books often get lost in the shuffle. Many of these classics may be familiar to you. Babar the Elephant, Madeline, Peter Rabbit. There is a reason that these books have been around for so many years and are considered the best of the best for children. I encourage you to revisit these stories! They are filled with beautiful illustrations and gorgeous writing, and are part of our literary heritage. Happy Reading!
I love picture books. I adore chapter books. And according to our library’s circulation statistics, so do our patrons. However, I also can’t get enough of children’s non-fiction books. And according to those same statistics, many patrons aren’t as enthusastic about them. Let me tell you, you are missing out! Gone are the days of boring, text-heavy books that will put you to sleep. Some of the most beautfiful and entertaining picture books that I purchase for the library are non-fiction. Kids will love them! Everything from books on animals, outer space, fire trucks, sports, crafts, history, urban legends, dinosaurs and so much more. Many series that have come out are absolutely genius, and perfect for reluctant readers. One of my new favorites is the Ye Yucky Middle Ages books. Kids, especially boys, will eat these up. Topics such as “Could you survive being a knight,” and “Could you survive living in a castle” will bring history to life for children. Don’t miss out!
We have a new story time schedule! There’s something for kids of all ages and families, too!
Mondays: Little Listeners @ 10:15 & 11:15 AM. Perfect for children birth through age 3.
Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM Story Time for ages 3-5.
Thursdays @ 1:00 PM Story Time for ages 3-5.
Thursdays @ 6:30 PM Story Time for families! (Please check our website for firm Thursday evening dates.)
Hope to see you there!
Did you know that on the second Wednesday of every month we have our Reading with Ruby program? Ruby is a miniature collie and a certified therapy dog who LOVES kids and books! When you register for this program, your child will have a 15-minute private reading block with Ruby and her human, Miss Nancy! This is perfect for children who are either learning to or struggling with, reading. I’ve also had a few parents whose children have a fear of dogs come in to a secure environment to help them overcome their feelings. Check out our website for more information!