Program-Alikes for the Week of September 7, 2020

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Happy September! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hope this blog post finds you well. September has already brought on a lot of changes, from school starting to cooler weather to CLP opening for limited in-person services. 

Wait, what? Yes! You read that correctly—Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is opening some of the branches for limited in-person service.  You can use the computer, print, sign up for a library card, and select grab n’ go items for check out. For safety reasons, browsing, toys, meetings rooms, study areas, and events are still unavailable. Of course, our curbside service and virtual services are still going strong!

To see which branches you can visit and read about what to expect, visit our website 

Since in-branch programming is currently unavailable, we are providing program-alike blog posts that connect you to other, similar activities occurring around Pittsburgh. Let’s jump right in! 

Do you have a low-key, relaxing Sunday evening planned? Add the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to your list! Every Sunday evening from 6:30pm—7:00pm, musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will host a live quarantine mini-performance. From their home to yours, you can watch and listen to their lovely line-up.  

The performances are aired live, recorded, and posted after so you can watch and listen again and again and again. The performances are free and run every Sunday evening through October 25th 

To watch past videos, learn more, and tune in for this Sunday’s performance, visit the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page 

Are you ready to embark on an adventure? Brookline Teen Outreach is hosting adventure hikes. On the third Saturday of each month from 10:00am—3:00pm, join friends as you hike various trails, play outdoor games, explore parks, and test your survival skills. The theme for September’s hike is “Apocalypse Hike,” at Wyggeston Trail at Moraine State Park.  

 These events are free for youth ages 10—18, with an attendee maximum of 10 participants. Meals are provided and rain gear is available to borrow. Masks are permission slips are required.  

Lace up your boots and visit Brookline Teen Outreach’s site to sign up or learn more. Also, don’t forget to follow our CLP Teenspace Instagram for more teen-related content and happenings! 

 Take your wandering and browsing skills to Squirrel Hill for their outdoor, pop-up market. Also known as S.H.O.Pyou can safely shop, dine, browse, and support your favorite neighborhood shops.  

This event will take place outdoors along Forbes and Murray Aves, every other Thursday. The dates for September are the 3rd & 17th; the dates for October are the 1st & 15th. It runs from 4:00pm—8:00pm. Masks will be required, and social distancing enforced.  

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page 

Remake Learning and Transform for Tomorrow created a six-part, back-to-school series titled So Now What?: Helping Parents & Caregivers Navigate a School Year Like No Other.  

These organizations recognize that this is an unprecedented start to the school year and that there are many, many questions to be had. The virtual series brings the country’s leading experts in education and child development, including PBS Kids, Common Sense Media, Learning Heroes, and UPMC Children’s Hospital to cover a range of information. Tune in for support regarding topics such as health and safety, mental health, social emotional wellness, learning resources, tips on how to partner with your teacher, and more.  

All sessions are free and take place every Wednesday evening in September via Zoom. Click here to register. To learn more, visit their website 

If you miss our Best Book for Babies’ Book Showers as much as we do, it will be great news to hear that Beverly’s Birthdays is hosting two free Community Baby Showers. The events will take place in the Hazelwood and Carrick neighborhoods.   

Beverly’s Birthdays is a nonprofit organization that provides critical baby supplies—and birthday cheer!—for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. Their Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer program celebrates the first birthday by hosting a community baby shower that involves games, resources, baby items, and togetherness. On top of that, families will receive a family sized to-go-meal 

The event is designed for expecting parents or parents/individuals of a newborn (0-3 months). The dates and times for the two, free baby showers are listed below. 

 Hazelwood
Tuesday, September 15
11:00am—12:30pm
The Hazelwood Initiative
4901 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 

Carrick
Tuesday, September 29
11:00am—12:30pm
Concord Presbyterian Church
1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh PA 15210 

Each event will practice social distancing by taking place in the parking lot. Registration is necessary to reserve your spot at the event. To read more or register for the event, visit their website. If you have any questions, you can contact Beverly’s Birthdays at 724-590-5106. 

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