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Choosing High-Quality Children’s Books

Wed., Jan. 13
What makes a book high quality? How do you choose the best titles to read with kids? Here are some tips to help you select great books for your preschoolers, and kids of any age!
Kids playing on the steps of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main branch in Oakland.

The Power of Play 

Mon., Jan. 4
There’s more to playing than meets the eye. It burns off energy and strengthens muscles and critical thinking skills. It promotes literacy by creating connections with words and print. And, especially in these unpredictable times, it helps kids to make sense of both unexpected events and everyday life.
A family comprised of a mother, father and two young boys read a book together in the Children's section of the library.

Virtual Conference: Early Literacy, Libraries and You

Mon., Nov. 16
Young children need rich early literacy activities and interactions to be ready to read when they enter school. Educators and caregivers play a critical role in developing reading readiness. Virtual Conference: Early Literacy, Libraries and You offers sessions about the activities, resources and research that will allow you to raise lifelong readers through expanded early literacy practices. We welcome formal and informal educators and caregivers…
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Live Homework Help for Students With Tutor.com

Wed., Sep. 16
Having trouble with homework? Miss coming to the library to get help from a librarian or a Reading Buddy? We’ve got a great resource for you that you can access at home! CLP cardholders can access Tutor.com through the Library's Homework & Testing page from noon until midnight every day to get help from a real, live tutor! This resource is for kindergarten through college-level students who need help with English, math,…
A teacher wearing a face mask writes on a white board in front of digital cameras on tripods

A Trio of Tools for Educators – Pandemic Edition

Tue., Sep. 15
Whether you are teaching in a virtual, in-person or hybrid environment, the Library has a wealth of resources to support you and your students. Your situation is unique, so this trio of tools is designed to be flexible and nimble for your needs. 
An adult and young child read together from a laptop on a table covered with pencils and papers

Back-to-School: Let Us Help!

Thu., Aug. 27
Whether your kids will be attending school in person, at home or online, the Library is here to support you. While our locations may look different on the inside, the heart of the Library hasn’t changed. Our thinking caps are always on, looking for ways to connect with you. 
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Check Yourself: News Literacy for Teens (and Adults)

Wed., Aug. 19
As the school year approaches, many students will be doing virtual/remote learning. Without direct access to their school libraries, even more research will be done online. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers a wealth of digital resources and databases that can aid students when doing research, as well as information about examining sources with a critical eye.
A colored pencil illustration of a brown hound dog and two gray kittens hideing underneath a wooden porch.

Why We Love Talking Animals

Tue., Aug. 11
There’s a long tradition of anthropomorphic animals (animals that act like humans) in fiction. From mice to elephants and everything in between, they’re all over our books and movies. I began to wonder why so many people love these stories.