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"EQT Corporation has been a long-time supporter of children's programming and literacy efforts through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Reading is the key building block of learning. A lack of ability has a negative and profound impact in all areas of a child's schoolwork, which has serious implications for his or her academic performance and for society at large. EQT is proud to sponsor this year's Summer Reading Extravaganza produced and supported by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."

– Greg Cummings, Vice President and Controller, EQT Corporation.

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Dream Big! Pittsburgh

It was a scorcher, but the more than 5,000 children, teens and adults who helped the Library kick off the official start of summer reading didn't seem to mind. Between the giant slide, wild zoo animals and variety of authors, puppeteers, storytellers and entertainers, this year's Extravaganza theme, Dream Big! @ Your Library, proved that reading can take you anywhere, even beyond your wildest imagination!  

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Library's Summer Reading Extravaganza is a great reminder to the community about just how integral the Library is to life here in Pittsburgh. The Library thanks all of our sponsors - EQT Corporation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Elizabeth Shiras Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee, UPMC Health Plan, Verizon, Radio Disney AM 540, Duquesne Light, Giant Eagle, Inc., Oxford Development Company, Maher Duessel, Dominion and Eat'n Park.

Special thanks to donors who support Summer Reading through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC): Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, American Eagle Outfitters, AMSCO Inc., a subsidiary of ESB Bank, BNY Mellon, Bridges & Company, Inc., First Commonwealth Bank, Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., Levin Furniture, Massaro Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., UPMC Health Plan and United States Steel Corporation.

Extravaganza
at a Glance

  • 5,088 total registrations
  • 74 outside organizations,
    17 Library activity booths,
    eight performance groups
    and one emcee =
    83 participating groups
  • 83 library card registrations - thatís one card issued every 3.5 minutes
  • 427 items per hour checked out or renewed
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