To build on the success of last year’s summer reading challenge, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is asking western Pennsylvania residents to help break last year’s 180,000 #PGHREADS record and bring a friend along on the fun. The 18th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, held at the Library’s Oakland location (4400 Forbes Avenue), will kick off this year’s challenge by inviting the community to an all-ages event on Sunday, June 10 from noon – 5 pm featuring live performances, crafts, games, food trucks and a used book sale.
Each year since 2000 a panel of Pittsburgh librarians and child development experts has selected the ten Best Books for Babies published in the previous year to offer assistance to parents, teachers and caregivers in selecting quality materials to share with babies age birth to 18 months. This year’s selections help parents dip their baby’s toes into experiences that revolve around different animals, colors, shapes and cultures, as well as exploring different actions, expressions, words and sounds.
Akasha L. Van-Cartier, a storytime volunteer at CLP – Allegheny on the North Side, was named Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Advocate of the Year and Impala Boulevard (Cesar Moquette, Dyzhon Sanders, Dao Owens, Anthony Brown and Jamie Simpson) were named 2017 Teen Advocates of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Rounding out the honors were library partners Women’s Behavioral Health at West Penn Hospital, recognized as Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Outstanding Community Partner and The Grable Foundation as the 2017 Corporate/Foundation Partner of the Year.