Although we are in the middle of summer (phew, this heat!), we are all still encouraged to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is as determined as ever to meet our communities’ needs. One way we are doing this is by expanding our curbside pick-up to five new locations, for a total of 10 locations! You can now visit CLP Allegheny, Brookline, East Liberty, Hill District, Main (Oakland), Beechview, Hazelwood, Homewood, Knoxville, and Squirrel Hill Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm for contactless curbside & walk-up services. For more information regarding more locations, book pick-ups, returns, printing, wi-fi, and other curbside services, visit the curbside information on our website.
To help you beat the heat and fight cabin-fever, here is a well-rounded list of city-wide programs that are similar to what Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers:
If you miss CLP Seed Swap and Gardening Basics Workshops…
Join Green Thumbs AT HOME: How to Start a Kitchen Window Herb Garden hosted by Black Girls with Green Thumbs. In this class, you can watch or follow along as they create a herb garden small enough for your kitchen. They will select popular culinary herbs that appear in Mexican, Italian, and Caribbean dishes.
The event is free and on Saturday, July 18 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pre-register to receive access to the video conference and handout to follow-along. If you are interested, register to be added to their email list to stay up-to-date on their community programs!
If you miss the Library hosting wellness programs, such as meditation and yoga…
Try Monday Mindfulness Meditation hosted by The Millvale House. Every Monday at 6:00pm, you can attend virtual meditation sessions lead by Michael Hartigan, a Millvale resident with 20+ years of meditation experience and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and Siddha Mahayoga. For encouragement, The Millvale House’s website says, “Practice and discussion will be non-denominational and welcoming to anyone of any path, practice, or religion. Meditation is universal and everyone is honored and respected.”
Visit the Millvale House’s website to browse their events and check out their FAQ page about how to attend a virtual event at The Millvale House.
If you miss book discussion groups…
Try The Conversations Book Club hosted by The Tiny Bookstore and Tupelo Honey Teas. Each month, they will pick different books that will, “help us grow and facilitate necessary conversations.” The book selection for the month of August “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad.
The group will meet virtually through Google Hangouts Meet and the fee to participate is $5.00. If you decide to purchase the text through The Tiny Bookstore or Tupelo Honey Teas, the fee will be included.
To sign up for the club, fill out this registration form. Happy reading!
In response to summer camps going virtual…
The Internet2 Presidential Primary Sources Project is partnering with the U.S. National Archives & Presidential Libraries to offer both professional development sessions and student programs for July through October. All programs are free, interactive, and standards-based.
The following student programs span the rest of the summer:
- July 28, Documents & Artifacts from the Reagan Library, Grades 3-6
- July 30, Rock-n-Roll at Bush 41, Grades K-2
- August 4, The Potsdam Conference and the Atomic Bomb, Grades 7-12
- August 6, Presidential Transportation, Grades 2-6
- August 11, The Little Rock 9 with former student Dr. Terrence Roberts, Grades 6-12
- August 13, Who’s in Public Service?, Grades 2-5
- August 18, American Women and the Vote, Grades 3-6
- August 20, What’s in a Museum Collection?, Grades 2-6
- August 25, Amendments to the Constitution: You Do the Math, Grades 6-12
To register for these summer programs, read more about fall student programs, and/or sign-up for professional development webinars, visit the Internet2 website.