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A tradition returns: kick off summer at the Library’s Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza on Sunday, June 9 in Oakland

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On Sunday, June 9, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue a highly anticipated family tradition. Western Pennsylvania residents are invited to kick off the summer at the 19th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza at the Library’s Oakland location at 4400 Forbes Avenue. The all-ages event will be held from noon to 5 pm and feature live performances, crafts, games, food trucks and more.

Last summer, 17,973 readers logged more than 180,000 books, eBooks, and audiobooks they read between June 10 and August 31. The Library hopes that its longstanding emphasis on reading will continue to foster a lifelong commitment to literacy for both children and adults. Pittsburgh continues to remain one of the 10 most literate U.S. cities, according to a Central Connecticut State University study.

“Summer reading is such an important part of library services and our commitment to education and literacy,” said Mary Frances Cooper, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh president and director. “It helps children and teens develop life-long reading habits and enables parents to take an active role in the fun and learning that reading provides. Our annual Summer Reading Extravaganza provides an environment where individuals and families can participate in engaging and educational activities that highlight the Library’s unique resources and diverse programs.”

In addition to a day of fun activities, Extravaganza attendees can enroll in Summer Reading 2019, a program designed to mitigate the learning slip children experience over the summer, as well as provide an outlet for families to learn and read together. According to a Scholastic report, 47 percent of parents are unaware of the summer slide and 20 percent of students confess they don’t read any books over the summer.

To encourage community support, readers can use the hashtag #PGHREADS on social media over the summer to let others know what their latest literature deep-dive is and check out book recommendations.

Extravaganza Details

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 19th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza
June 9 | noon to 5 pm
CLP – Main, Oakland
4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213

Festival-goers will have the chance to enroll in summer reading programs, explore local history, play reading games, vote for their favorite author, check out the Library’s annual book sale, and decorate their own Eat’n Park smiley cookie. If spectating is more your style, live performances from Pittsburgh Puppet Work, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and more will be going on all afternoon.

Other activities will include a Family PlayShop, where children and their caregivers can learn and play together; an LBPH Sensory Experience, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore technology that makes reading accessible to individuals with disabilities; and for the more adventurous: stop by the bouncy house!


If you can’t make the kick-off, you can register for summer reading at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location or online at carnegielibrary.com/summer.

Summer Reading 2019 is made possible with support from presenting sponsor EQT and additional partners KidCents, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, UPMC Health Plan, Chase J.P. Morgan, Eat’n Park, The Saturday Light Brigade, Pittsburgh Summer19, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Women’s Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal).
For a complete schedule of events and sponsor list, visit: carnegielibrary.org/extravaganza.




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