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Upcoming Program-alikes

Happy August from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! With school just around the corner, we have been working to support you as much as possible. One way is through our extended, outdoor Wi-Fi. To help provide Internet access to as many residents as possible, we have expanded the outdoor range of our free Wi-Fi at all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. While you’re at it, check out what we have to offer via CLP – Virtual, such as virtual storytimes, Teen Time @ Home, Virtual Book Club, Creative Course Club, genealogy help, book a librarian, and so much more. Go ahead, use our WiFi and check out our website while you’re at it; we want you to!

In our program-alike blog posts, we suggest various programs, events, and activities that closely represent what the Library has offered in-person. The programs are all free, in the Pittsburgh area, and a mix of in-person and virtual. We hope these programs help you and your family wrap up the summer and transition smoothly into the school year. Let’s get started!

If you miss the Library’s Music Department—or just sitting in our spaces listening to your favorite jams—try Highland Park Porch Concerts.

Every Sunday from 7:00-8:00pm, neighborhood musicians and entertainers are invited to perform on their porches for the community. At the beginning of the week, the Highland Park Community Council posts a list of all the performances along with their addresses. The audience members are required to wear masks, respect social distancing, and to cheer loudly!

Check their website or Facebook page weekly to see the lineup and for more information. Happy jamming!

P.S. If you’re interested in performing, email the HPCC at with your first name/band name, address, short description of your performance, and the week/s that you plan on performing.

If you miss our children & teen spaces… visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s TikTok page.

Yes, you read that correctly—TikTok. CMNH has created a TikTok that brings day-in-the-life and behind the scene videos right to your home (or child’s device). Some of the short clips include: how to weigh a hedgehog, snail brain jokes, bird songs, skunk facts, and so much more!

You can visit their TikTok page directly here or visit their website to access their TikTok, look into online museum classes, or bring the museum to you!

If you miss our outdoor spaces… try Parks on the Go

Created by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Parks on the Go is a digital resource that provides education, connectivity, and activities for all ages. The resources gives an in-depth look at nature through virtual tours, health and wellness exercise, education resources for educators, activities and resources for families, and much more. This package is just one of many digital initiatives launched by the Parks Conservancy during COVID-19.

To virtually breathe some fresh air, visit their website.

If you miss the Library’s Job and Career Center (and have already visited our e-resources)… visit Literacy Pittsburgh.

Literacy Pittsburgh is providing free classes in GED test preparation, math and reading, English language learning, U.S. Citizenship, college and career readiness, workplace literacy, and more. The classes are personalized and offered in one-to-one and/or small group instruction. COVID-19 does not stop us from learning!

For more information, visit their website. Text at 412-415-7130, or WhatsApp at 412-393-7650.

If you miss talking with pediatricians at Family PlayShop… attend the Health + Returning to School virtual workshop hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women of Pittsburgh.

Is your family planning a return to school? Do you have questions about the safety or feasibility of the plans you’ve received? During this online event, the Center for Women and Dr. Thelma Herlich, a retired pediatrician, will discuss plans, guide thinking, and plan for a healthy transition back.

This free event takes place on Sunday, August 23rd from 1:00—2:30pm. Please sign up at least one hour prior to the event to be properly registered and to receive a Zoom registration email.

To learn more and register, visit here.

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