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Library Programs for Children
and Their Families

For Infants & Toddlers

Baby And Me Programs

Designed for the youngest library users and their parents or caregivers, Baby and Me programs offer participants the opportunity to share time together at the library. During the 20-30 minute programs, babies and their grownups will be exposed to language, books and playful activities in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Baby and Me programs are a great way to introduce young children to the library, to begin a lifetime of regular library visits and to help children develop into lifelong library users. We invite you to come sing, clap, bounce and listen to nursery rhymes and stories!

Child care providers who are interested in scheduling Baby and Me programs at their site or at the library should contact their neighborhood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children's Librarian for more information.

 

Terrific Tales for Toddlers

Get up and get moving at the library with stories, songs and silly fun that encourages your toddler's language skills! During these 20-30 minute programs, trained library staff adapt stories, songs and movement activities to match the attention spans of toddlers. Children ages 18-36 months and their grownups are encouraged to become actively involved in the stories and to participate in activities with their child.

Child care providers who are interested in scheduling Terrific Tales for Toddlers programs at their site or at the library should contact their neighborhood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children's Librarian for more information.

 

Family PlayShop

The Family PlayShop is a one-on-one program for children ages 6 months to 4 years and their parents/guardians. Brothers and sisters under the age of 5 are welcome. This four to five week, one hour program involves a librarian and a community resource professional to answer informal questions about your child and provide materials. A special room or area is arranged with developmentally appropriate toys and activities, providing an inviting and inclusive environment for young children and their parents/guardians.

The Family PlayShop combines early childhood education, parent support, and innovative library services in an exciting and attractive program. This program supports the infants-toddlers PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood and also serves as a recreational and social vehicle for families with very young children. The overall goal of the Family PlayShop is to develop a family-centered environment in public libraries. It is designed to expand library services for families and children and to integrate library services into local efforts to build family-centered communities.

 

For Preschoolers

Pre-K Program

Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! Children and their parents or caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand their imaginations and self-image and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.

Child care providers who are interested in scheduling Pre-K Programs at their site or at the library should contact their neighborhood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children's Librarian for more information.

 

KinderPrep

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!

 

For School-Age Kids

School-Age Fun

Elementary and middle school aged children are encouraged to explore literature in a fun and interactive program. Programs vary by location and may include: science programs, craft and art programs, game and activity programs and homework help programs. These 30-60 minute programs are intended to connect children with books and encourage children to use the library regularly.

 

Game-O-Rama

A variety of electronic and board games are available at each Carnegie Library. Gaming programs bring kids together with like interests and build children's self esteem, motor skills and encourage collaborative skills.

 

Kids Create

Children are encouraged to explore their artistic talent using hands, minds and imaginations to construct a unique creation! By engaging in craft activities, children develop fine motor coordination, listening skills and the ability to follow single and multi-step directions. All of these skills support the PA Academic Standards. In addition, craft programs provide children with the opportunity to express their interests, ideas and tastes.

 

Family Programs

Celebrate

Celebrate programs are developed around a theme. They may be offered for the whole family or for specific age groups. Programs may be built around a theme the community is celebrating or around a national holiday. Programs typically last for about 45-60 minutes and offer the opportunity to benefit from a shared library experience by participating in stories, songs and other group activities.

Family Fun

This free library event is designed to engage all members of the family. Programs may vary in location and may include: story times, movies, games and crafts. These programs provide families with the opportunity to benefit from a shared library experience.

Movies @ the Library

Come to the library and watch a free children's movie. Movies are typically rated G or PG unless stated otherwise. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite family member or friend to share the experience.

Special Events

This event is an opportunity for the whole family to engage in a special activity or program. Programs may vary in location and may include: free quality performances, literacy programs, musicians and meeting children's authors and illustrators.

 

Programs for Parents

Mother Goose

The Mother Goose program series is intended for parents of children ages 2-5 years. This program meets for an hour over the course of four weeks and introduces quality children's literature and demonstrates supporting educational activities parents can replicate at home. Caregivers will receive a bag of books, instruction manual and materials for sharing the books and activities with their children at home. The Mother Goose programs combines early childhood education, parent support and innovative library services in an exciting and attractive program. This program supports the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood. The overall goal of the Mother Goose programs is to develop a quality family centered literacy experience in the home at the public library. These programs are designed to expand library services for families and children and integrate library services into local efforts to build family centered communities.