Program-Alikes for September 21st, 2020 and Beyond!

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Happy Fall, y’all (or yinz?)! The colder weather and changing of leaves mean plenty of things around Pittsburgh, from football games to scenic hikes to apple ciderFor us at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, we cannot refuse snuggling up with a good book. Our curbside pickup and e-books apps can help make your wildest, fall dreams come true.   

Hoopla allows you to stream & download on your computer or through the app for Android and iOS devices. You can choose from thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, comics & graphic novels, movies & TV shows or music albums. To read more about Hoopla or read device instructions, visit our webpage here 

You may be familiar with our curbside pickup or limited in-person services by now. For a refresher, as well as continuous updates, check out CLPs Reopening Plans here 

We hope you embrace the changing of seasons with some of these program recommendations happening around Pittsburgh. 


Have you busted out the Halloween movies yet? Maybe you started making your costumes or have gone to a pumpkin patch? Looks like it’s time to join Allegheny County’s Parks for Campfire Ghost Stories 

During the weekends in October, you can bundle up, gather ‘round a campfire, and listen to spooky stories and songs! Additionally, you can wear a costume for a chance to win prizes. This is a free, family event. For more information, visit Allegheny County’s special events website. 

  • Check out any of these parks for the Campfire Ghost Stories 
  • Saturday, October 12 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Deer Lakes Park Carp Shelter 
  • Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm at White Oak Park Chestnut Shelter 
  • Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Harrison Hills Park Yakaon Shelter 
  • Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm atBoyce Park Ski Lodge 
  • Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Hartwood Acres Mansion 

RADical Days 2020 is upon us! RADical Days is an annual thank you to the public with free programs and events offered by the organizations that are funded by RAD (like the Library)! These events run from September through November.  

This year, most of the RADical Days events are virtual with a handful of in-person events that can be done safely.  

To view RADical Day’s full calendar of free events in September, October, and November, click here 

Here are some snippets of events taking place:  

  • Frankenstein by Manual Cinema on the Drive-In Stage at Hazelwood Green on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00—10:00pm
  • Hartwood Acres Drive-In will be showing Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Saturday, September 26 and The Secret Life of Pets on Saturday, October 3  
  • National Aviary is offering free, timed tickets for admission on Sunday, October 11 from 9:00am—5:00pm. Free reservations can be made at aviary.org 
  • Pittsburgh Opera will livestream their monthly concert on Saturday, October 3 from 12:00pm—1:00pm.  

Roland Ford is showing us that there is always time and space for dancing! Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory is sponsoring Roland’s Dance and Be Fit classes every Friday evening at the Schenley Plaza Tent 

All classes are free, and all levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to practice physical distancing and wear a mask until the dancing begins.  

The classes run each Friday from September 25—October 30, starting at 7:00pm. To learn more and register, visit Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy website here 

If you cannot make the in-person classes, visit Roland Ford’s Facebook page for live Dance and Be Fit classes for all ages.  


The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Africana Studies, August Wilson House, and the Pitt CEC in the Hill District present “COMMUNIVERSITY Master Classes: Black Family Storytelling.” 

In this six-part series, experts will share knowledge of memory-making, genealogy, diverse storytelling, and the use of technology to share family stories. The course is created to provide inspiration and instruction on how and why African American families can begin the process of documenting and drafting their stories. Registrants will also participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s African American Family course engaging in information on the Black family from socio-cultural and socio economics perspectives.  

The course takes place on Thursday evenings from September 24—October 29. The classes will take place virtually on Zoom. Registration is limited and priority will be given to residents of the Greater Hill District.  

To register, email Kirk D. Holbrook at KDH52@pitt.edu or call 412-598-2491. To learn more information, visit University of Pitt’s event calendar here. 

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