In the last 15 years, the Hazelwood and Glen Hazel area has experienced major changes with the development of new office space, housing units, a light-industrial technology park and riverfront recreation facilities. Throughout these developments, the area has remained a family-oriented neighborhood, with the Library spearheading many community youth activities.
A Project funded by the Frank J. Lucchino KIDS fund, Hazelwood Reads Together: Reading Buddies encourages intergenerational connections centered on reading, books and various literacy activities. Our community is stronger when we all come together. Reading is one way we can all learn, connect and share in a vibrant community. Be a part of the Hazelwood success story! Become a Reading Buddy volunteer.
The original Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood located on Monongahela Street was built in 1900. The Library reopened in its third location in a renovated church on Second Avenue in June 2014 after a $2.4 million restoration that doubled its original 3,500-square-foot space to 7,000 square feet. As part of the Hazelwood Center, the Library also brings together programs from the Trying Together and the local Head Start at the Family Support Center of COTRAIC (Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center).
The Library features a separate children’s room decorated with a large metal art piece by Homestead artist David Lewis: a whole wall of animals amid the trees of “Hazel Woods.” It’s a great space for kids to come and be kids.
An outdoor patio space gives a great view of Second Avenue and provides additional space for outdoor activities. The CLP – Hazelwood outdoor space is also home to the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Rain Garden site, which helps to demonstrate the Library’s commitment to being good stewards of the environment by protecting our waterways. The Rain Garden design was funded by 3 Rivers Wet Weather and the installation was funded by the Heinz Endowments.
We put fun and family into learning. Come and see what CLP – Hazelwood is about!