2023 Best Books for Babies Diaper Distribution Helps Local Families in Need
Fourth annual event is presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank and sponsored by First National Bank
On Saturday, April 29, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host a Best Books for Babies Diaper Distribution event in partnership with Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank (WPADB) and sponsored by First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, at the Library’s Hill District branch.
Families and caregivers with children aged birth through 18 months will be able to receive a Best Books for Babies 2023 book bundle and a two-week supply of diapers (sizes newborn – 4 available). Each family may select up to two sizes of diapers while supplies last. An estimated 3,200 books and 40,000 diapers are expected to be given away during the event.
While supplies last. No registration required.
What: Each family with a baby/babies ages birth-18 month will receive a two-week supply of diapers (sizes newborn – 4 available) and a 2023 Best Books for Babies book bundle at this event).
Where: CLP – Hill District (Central Baptist Church parking lot across from the library)
2177 Centre Avenue, 15219
When: Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to noon (Drive-thru and walk-up distribution options available)
Drive-Thru Distribution: Enter distribution line at intersection of Wylie Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street. Stay in line to reach the distribution site in the lower parking lot of Central Baptist Church – located across Kirkpatrick Street from CLP – Hill District.
Walk-Up Distribution: Enter walk-up distribution line through CLP – Hill District’s main entrance on Centre Avenue. Stay in line to reach the distribution site in the August Wilson room. Please reserve the Walk-Up Distribution for those without cars.
As the returning corporate sponsor for this event, First National Bank is looking forward to supporting the Library and WPADB’s distribution efforts again this year.
“At FNB, we are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve in various ways, including through volunteerism and by providing financial support,” said Brent Semachko, Director of Corporate Responsibility for First National Bank. “We are proud to again be partnering with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank to further that commitment and assist families in our community.”
“The Diaper Distribution event is a valuable opportunity for the Library to engage with local parents and families,” said Erin Zambataro, Coordinator of Children’s Services & Family Engagement at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “It helps us to honor our mission of encouraging early reading habits through our Best Books for Babies lists, while providing essential resources to community members in need.”
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Best Books for Babies is a nationally acclaimed annual list of books handpicked by librarians and child development experts. The soon-to-be-announced 2023 list was created as a guide to assist parents, teachers and caregivers in selecting quality materials to share with babies.
Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, established in 2012, provides diapers to families of low-income or poverty levels in five Western Pennsylvania counties – Allegheny, Cambria, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland. In 2022, WPADB provided 2.15 million diapers to families in need. Also providing more than 290,000 menstrual products and 50,000 incontinence supplies, saving families $1,057,058 in basic needs items last year alone!
Partnering with organizations like the Library gives WPADB the opportunity to spread awareness and reach even more families and communities in need.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on this event for the fourth year in a row, because we know diaper need continues to be an issue for many families in our community, including the Hill District.” shares Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank Executive Director Cathy Battle. “Following the pandemic, we have seen the need increase along with diaper prices, which are up about 20% over the last three years. This year’s walk-in option at the library will provide diapers to even more families who may have trouble accessing transportation.”
For more information about the event, visit carnegielibrary.org.