Intended for preschool and kindergarten aged children from 3 to 5 with their parents or caregivers, Preschool Storytimes make use of stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. These 30 to 40 minute programs are designed to develop and improve children's language and listening skills, expand their imaginations, improve their self-image and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Preschool Storytimes are a fun and instructive way for kids and grownups to share time together at the library! Child care providers who are interested in scheduling Preschool Storytimes at their site or at the library should contact their neighborhood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for more information.
Family Programs at the library include a variety of activities designed to engage every member of the family from baby to adult. Family Programs vary by location and may include Pajama Storytimes, Saturday Family Storytimes, Super Sundays, multigenerational programs, craft programs and more! Typically lasting 30 to 60 minutes, these programs give families the opportunity to benefit from a shared library experience by encouraging them to participate in stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities together.
KinderPrep is a series of programs intended for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2008. During these nine hour-long sessions, children's skills will be highlighted through stories, songs, and crafts that support the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. These involve different approaches to learning, creative arts, language and literacy concerns, logical and mathematical skills, personal and social skills, physical and health-related habits, science, social studies, and contacts within the community that will help the family connect with their anticipated Kindergarten.
Every child is a unique individual and learns differently and each session will focus on a different Multiple Intelligence: musical, spatial, linguistic, logical, intrapersonal, kinesthetic, naturalist, and interpersonal. Literacy Standards, as recommended by the American Library Association, will also be featured each week and will prepare the child for developing reading competencies.
KinderPrep is a fun, interactive way for children, parents, and caregivers to prepare for the first year of school! This exciting program is offered at the Main Library in Oakland as well as in Carrick, Hazelwood, Homewood, South Side, Squirrel Hill, and the Woods Run Branches. Call and ask for details!