Regular Hours Return in the Children’s Department

The Children’s Department on the second floor is back open for regular hours.

⚠️ At times, the entire library may need to close early due to excessive heat in the building. If this happens, it will be posted on our website at, but if in doubt, please call 412-741-6920 before visiting.

Looking for some fun activities this Halloween season? We invite families to decorate a pumpkin to be part of our Booktacular Pumpkin Patch display in the library’s Children’s Department.    

Drop your decorated pumpkins off at the Children’s Department on Friday, October 20 to be included in our Booktacular pumpkin display! Pumpkins will be displayed through October 31.

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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