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The Mouse that ROARS
in Southwestern PA
Local collaborative partnership introduces Pennsylvania's first "One Book, Every Young Child" initiative to area families.

Press Contact: Suzanne M. Thinnes
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-578-2458
412-688-8609 (fax)
412-491-6889 (cell)

For Immediate Release

(PITTSBURGH, PA - March 27, 2006) What happens when an inside mouse meets an outside mouse? Does a friendship ensue? Through Pennsylvania's first One Book, Every Young Child initiative children across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to find out for themselves. This year's book selection, Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse features a cleverly crafted story set among mesmerizing illustrations.

One Book, Every Young Child is a Pennsylvania Early Learning Initiative that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beaver County Library System and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh are part of a collaborative partnership to provide books to disadvantaged children and create family-centered programming, including a traveling trunk exhibit. Designed by museum educators, each trunk is filled with fun mouse-related puppets and games for young children.

To celebrate the launch of One Book, Every Young Child, Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse author and illustrator, Lindsay Barrett George, will make the following appearances in Southwestern PA during a month-long tour of Pennsylvania that includes stops at libraries, children's museums and Head Start programs. Barrett George will meet with children to talk about the characters and creation of her book as well as sign autographs for fans.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Aliquippa Elementary School (9:30 am)
Beaver Falls Elementary School (1:30 pm)
* Community College of Beaver County (6:30 pm)

For additional information and to register contact Aliquippa District Library Center at 724-375-2900.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Various McKeesport Area Head Start Locations (9:15 am -Noon)
Mathilda Theiss Child Care Center (3:00 pm)
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill (6:00 pm)
5801 Forbes Avenue ? Pittsburgh
Ultimate Mouse Festival! Free to families
For additional information contact Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at 412-622-8874 or visit www.carnegielibrary.org.

Friday, May 4, 2006

* Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
10 Children's Way ? Allegheny Square ? Pittsburgh
Free with Museum Admission
Visitpittsburghkids.org or call 412-322-5058, ext 224 for details.

* Event open to the public

Additional One Book, Every Young Child Events:

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating Mouse Fest during the month of April at each of its locations. During each Mouse Fest, children's librarians will read Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse during a festival of mouse activities, games, stories and crafts. All events are free, but require advance registration by visiting www.carnegielibrary.org.

Saturday, April 8 (11:00 am) - West End; (11:30 am) - South Side; (1:00 pm) - Carrick; 2:00 pm) - Beechview; (2:00 pm) - Sheraden
Tuesday, April 11 (11:00 am) - Main - Children's
Thursday, April 13 (11:00 am) - Lawrenceville
Saturday, April 22 (11:00 am) - Hill District; (12:00 pm) - East Liberty; (1:00 pm) - Mt. Washington; (1:30 pm) - Homewood; (2:00 pm) - Hazelwood
Monday, April 24 (5:30 pm) - Knoxville
Saturday, April 29 (1:30 pm) - Allegheny Regional; (2:00 pm) - Brookline

Research shows that children between the ages of 3 to 6 that are read to on a regular basis do better in school and grow up to be well-adjusted adults. In Pennsylvania, 560,000 children fall within the targeted age range, many of which are enrolled in the state's childcare facilities, Head Start programs, licensed preschools or private kindergartens.

One Book, Every Young Child is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania department of Public Welfare, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Pennsylvania center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association and Verizon. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library services and Technology Act as administered by the state of Pennsylvania.


About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"Free to the People" since 1895

Established as a public trust in 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the citizens of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County with a distinguished history of leadership among the country's great public libraries. Through its Main Library, 17 neighborhood locations and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the region's most visited asset, welcoming over 2.2 million customers last year. Each year the Library provides more than 6,000 free programs, classes and other learning and training opportunities that are tailored to meet the dynamic and diverse needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania.
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