Special Events

Summer Reading Extravaganza

Main (Oakland)
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5… 4… 3… 2… 1… blast off to a universe of stories!

Your journey begins on Sunday, June 9th at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Summer Reading Extravaganza, a family-friendly outdoor festival for all ages. Grab your friends and head to the Library in Oakland for music, crafts, games, activities, storytelling, food trucks and so much more! While you’re there, enroll in Summer Reading and get your 2019 materials!

Don’t forget, be sure to tell us what you’re reading this summer using #PGHREADS!

Library Activities Include:

  • Bouncy House and inflatable games
  • Chess Club
    Play chess! Find a friendly challenger or come by to learn the basics. Then, make your own chess piece to start a personal set!
  • DataBurgh
    Stop by the DataBurgh tent to see what kinds of data-driven projects we’re excited about, learn about The Library Freedom Project, and participate in an interactive display.
  • Family PlayShop
    Play and learn together with toys and activities for children ages birth to 5 years and their caregivers.
  • Global Library
    Have your name written in a different language, learn about Library resources and Library Welcome Centers, make buttons, play games and win prizes!
  • LBPH Sensory Experience
    Explore technology and materials that make reading accessible to individuals with print disabilities.
  • Historical Tours of Main Library (between 1 & 4 PM)
    Discover the fascinating history of the Main Library, including highlights of the building’s art, architecture and how Andrew Carnegie shaped the community through his gift of the Carnegie Institute. Visit the Welcome Station located outside the Library’s Front Entrance to sign up.
  • Historical Tour of Main Library in Chinese
    A special tour in Chinese will be offered at 2:15 PM. Visit the Welcome Station located outside the Library’s Front Entrance to sign up.
  • Local History
    Use our computer and headphones to add an oral history to Yinzstory and learn more about how you can contribute.
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Music Department
    Stop by for rhythm games, thermin playing, electronic gadget playground and more!
  • Reader’s Tent
    Love books? Come play reading games and fill out a top ten list of your favorite authors to help us make Pittsburgh’s Favorite Author Bracket.
  • Creative Tech and Super Science
    Create your own circuit vinyl stickers and planetary puzzles.
  • CLP Board of Trustees
    Say hello to your CLP Board Members and play a game to win a prize!
  • Share Your Library Story
    Share your library story at our selfie station and color a picture for our wall of fame.
  • Used Book Sale
    Browse our selection of new and gently used books (and some AV). There is something for everyone!
  • Enroll in 2019 Summer Reading

Food & Drink:

  • Decorate and enjoy your own Eat‘n Park cookie
  • Grab a granola bar and piece of fruit from the Giant Eagle Snack Station
  • Stop by the WISH 99.7 Street Treat Patrol for a free snack between 12:00 and 2:30 pm
  • Purchase food from great local food trucks donating a portion of proceeds to the Library:
    • Franktuary
    • BRGR
    • Oh My Grill
    • Wise County Biscuits
    • Miss Meatball
    • PGH Pierogie Truck

Performances Include:

12:00 pm – Pittsburgh Puppet Work, WQED Write Dream (EQT Stage)

12:45 pm – Storytime: Baby and Toddler Snugglebugs (Family Play Shop)

1:00 pm – Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Xtreme Teen Broadway (EQT Stage)

1:30 pm – Aesop’s Fables: A Puppet Show! (South Wing Reading Room)

2:00 pm – 1Hood (EQT Stage)

2:30 pm – Aesop’s Fables: A Puppet Show! (South Wing Reading Room)

2:45 pm – Storytime: Baby and Toddler Snugglebugs (Family Play Shop)

3:00 pm – Sunburst Music School Student Performance (EQT Stage)

3:30 pm – Aesop’s Fables: A Puppet Show! (South Wing Reading Room)

4:00pm – Timbeleza, Street Samba Funk (EQT Stage)

Check out all the fun we had last year!



In Collaboration With: Carnegie Science Center, Giant Eagle, Kids’ Thinking Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 412 Food Rescue, Heinz History Center, the National Aviary, PA Virtual Charter School and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.


CLP – Main (Oakland)

CLP – Main (Oakland)

4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15213


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