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Inspiration And Play Are Still Essential For Children

Thu., Jul. 9
It’s the summer of 2020. You are navigating a pandemic. You may also be part of action or dialogue around systemic racism and police brutality in America. And, each day, your children are (still) approaching milestones in their development. Whether you're thinking about resilience, change-making or conquering more concrete goals, like a child's fear of lightning - inspiration and play are essential ingredients. As young children play, they have…

Virtual Storytimes Help Children Get Ready to Read

Fri., Jun. 5
When our library buildings closed, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians hustled to move our in-person storytimes online. We hope that parents and caregivers like you will enjoy our online storytimes and find ways to unlock the learning shared on the screen to bring stoytimes to life for your children. 
Kids read alongside one another at the Library.

Talking about Race with Kids and Teens

Wed., Jun. 3
Talking with children, preschoolers, teens or in between, about current events can be challenging in the best of times. When illness, inequity, violence and hate surround us, it can be an overwhelming prospect. Here are some books that we think offer a good place to start the conversation.

COVID-19: Quick Resources for Caregivers and Mentors of Teens

Thu., May. 14
One time, at least five teens and I were all playing solitaire -- alone, together -- on the floor of the Library. It was spontaneous, solitary (of course), yet unifying. It felt like a lesson in mentoring then, and even more-so now. On that day and any typical day as a Children’s and Teen Librarian, I would think about teen brain development as part of…

An Introduction to Manga

Fri., May. 8
How to Use This Guide   This is a brief introduction to the wonderful world of manga designed for educators, parents, librarians, and manga enthusiasts. In this guide you will learn about the history of manga, the genres of manga, the Japanese publishing industry and about manhwa. This guide is meant to be light and informative, but not everything you need to know about manga. Manga as…
A school-age child uses an iPad.

Online COVID-19 Resources for Kids

Mon., May. 4
As librarians, we mostly believe that almost any problem can be solved—or at least better understood—through reading. The current pandemic is testing that belief (along with lots of others), but we are still searching for and sharing good resources as much as possible. If you also turn to books to help make sense of the world and you are trying to figure out how to explain the new reality to your kids, consider sharing some of these very recently published online titles with the children in your lives.
An adult and child snuggle at the Library.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 and the New Normal

Thu., Apr. 30
As a parent of two, I find that it can be a struggle to always put on a positive face for my children during this uncertain time. So much of their world has changed so quickly. With so many questions about COVID-19 and social distancing, I felt like I needed to see what resources are out there to help guide these conversations. And though it doesn’t take away the sadness, it is helping me feel better to know that I am not alone with this struggle. And neither are you.

You Are Not Alone: Pittsburgh Health and Safety Resources for Teens

Wed., Apr. 29
Do you have a question? A fear? An idea to explore? Could you use some support? Even if you feel alone, there are a lot of places to turn. Here are just a few. IOTAS (It's Okay to Ask Someone) Textline: 412-424-6827 Free, confidential textline to ask any question related to sex, relationships, bodies and more UPMC Adolescent Clinic: 412-692-6677 Birth control, STD testing and…
Parent and child use a computer together.

Strategies for Struggling or Reluctant Readers

Wed., Apr. 29
I’ve written before about the challenges of being your child’s teacher during this pandemic, and today’s post is on the same topic. Because, wow, this is hard. 

You Are Not Alone: Teen Mental Health Resources

Thu., Apr. 23
“The hardest thing to do in this world is to live in it.” “The Gift.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WB, 22, May, 2001. Hi friends, how are you? We are living in an uncertain and scary time right now. I am sharing some resources that could be helpful if you are feeling sad, scared, alone, depressed, overwhelmed – whatever you are feeling, you do not…