A child and adult use a computer together.

School at Home During COVID-19: Resources for Parents

Fri., Apr. 3
It’s been weeks since my kids’ schools closed. While adjusting to this new “normal,” I’ve also been trying to figure out how to be a teacher for my first grader and preschooler. Here are some resources I’ve found useful in figuring out how to keep my kids happy and engaged—with schoolwork and other activities—during this time. Hopefully something on here can help you out too. 

Listen Together: Perfect Picks for an Assortment of Ages

Thu., Apr. 2
If your family likes listening to books together, check out the list of kids’ audiobooks we’ve put together on OverDrive. There are books intended for a variety of ages and even grown-ups will likely find something to enjoy and/or ponder.

Teen Time @ Home with these Free Creative Resources

Mon., Mar. 30
Creating community, collaborating and using technology to build our literacies are the core values of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teenspace. In our Teen Time and Labs programs we find ways to incorporate those outcomes into our activities and interactions. Even though the Library is closed right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve those goals together.  Creativity and interest-driven activities serve as calming experiences to…

Always Available on Hoopla: Elementary Reads

Wed., Mar. 25
Like many families right now, mine is trying to figure out a new normal. We’re working to find the balance of work and play—for both adults and children—and some days we are achieving it better than others. But even if so much in our world right now is unpredictable, I am thankful for two things that are constant: the Library and books.
Child points to computer and mother smiles. Both are wearing headphones.

Streaming Storytimes and Read-Alouds

Thu., Mar. 19
Elsewhere we’ve shared resources that can help you create your own storytime or read-aloud at home. Now, we’re bringing you a list of great places to watch or stream storytimes from the comfort of your home or from your own device. 
Infants, toddlers and caregivers enjoy a lively storytime

Missing Storytime? We Can Help!

Wed., Mar. 18
We understand if you’re missing your visits to the Library right now. We miss you too! We wish we could all be learning together, but since our librarians are at home too, we’re sharing some of our storytime and reading favorites so you can enjoy them at home with your family. 
2019 Teen Media Award winners pose with their trophies after the ceremony

2020 Teen Media Awards

Sat., Feb. 22
The Library is all about the flow of ideas and creativity. You might think of the flow as one directional, following a path from books and materials to their readers. In reality, library users pour their talents, passions and stories back into the community every day. Two great examples of this are the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest and the Labsy Awards.  These contests offer an opportunity for teenage writers, artists, musicians and coders to share their work. Whether in the form…

Everybody Loves “Popcorn Kernels”

Thu., Jan. 16
Pittsburgh Ready reflects Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's mission to engage preschool youth meaningfully and develop innovative opportunities for professional growth. If Pittsburgh Ready had a theme song, it would be “Popcorn Kernels”!

2020 Black History Month Book List for Teens

Thu., Jan. 16
The 2020 National theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Vote” marking the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment which granted the right to vote to Black men after the Civil War. Through stories that illustrate the important history of voting rights and civil rights teens in grades 9-12 can learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965 in an interesting and exciting way.

Databases Are Not Just for Data

Fri., Dec. 6
Your library card gives you and your family access to all sorts of materials like books, movies and music. But you probably already knew that. Did you know it also gives you access to useful and fun digital content through our databases?