Do you want some extra ideas to entertain (and educate) your children while traveling to your vacation getaway?  Request a vacation kit!  Notify the Children’s Department of your destination and departure date at least one week in advance. Visit the Children’s Department website to fill out the Vacation Kit Request Form.  This may include fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs, plus our Family Vacation Fun List.

Filmstrip featuring images of local historic sites

Experience Kits

Did you know the library lends free passes to nearby museums and historical sites? Explore what Southwestern PA has to offer with this season’s Experience Kits!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

One of the most important gifts you can provide your child is the gift of literacy. That is why we invite you to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative.

Help your child gain the confidence necessary to become a strong reader when you read to them. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler and/or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten.

Grow A Reader Early Literacy Kit bag filled with book, rattle & card game

Grow A Reader

We believe in helping little ones develop the skills need to become successful readers. We want to welcome babies and their caregivers to the library by giving you the tools to get started on the path to reading success! Stop by the Children’s Department to pick up an Early Literacy Kit swag bag for all newborns up to 12 months old. Each kit includes items to reinforce the early literacy practices: playing, singing, reading, writing, and talking. Kits are available while supplies last; 1 kit per family

Suggested Reading Lists

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