Crazy Art

Miss Nicole, Children’s Assistant Extraordinaire, is an Artistic Phenom. She comes up with some of the coolest out-of-the-box ideas for kids and her Balloon and Dart Art is one of my recent favorites. What could be more fun than popping balloons full of paint with bare feet?!? Whoever said libraries were quiet and boring has surely never set foot in our Children’s Department!

Check out some pictures from the program!


So Many Lists…

As promised, I’ve been working on a variety of Book Lists. You can pick them up on my desk at the library! So far we have the following available:

*Picture Books

*Leveled Readers (Easy Readers)

*Guest Readers (for those of you needing inspiration on that class visit)

*Transitional Chapter Books

*2-3 Grade

…More to come!

Fall Books I’m Most Excited About

Those of us who surround ourselves in the world of book publishing know that Fall is one of our most anticipated seasons. So many books are coming out at this time of year that it’s hard to keep up with reading lists! Below are just some of the titles that I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on. Be sure to check them out as they arrive!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney.

The newest installment in the Wimpy Kid series sees Greg Heffley attempting to make his own scary movie. Released 11/1/16.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling; illustrated by Jim Kay.

‘Nuff said. Released  10/4/16

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

ANOTHER Rowling book coming? Woo HOO! And this one involves a  Magizoologist named Newt. What could be better? Released 11/18/2016.


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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly and James Dean.

Pete is back with another groovy tale. Released 10/4/16.

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Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

The first picture book featuring this unforgettable bear was Mother Bruce and was one of my all-time favorite picture books of last year. Released 10/18/16.

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I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Pandas, donuts and the importance of patience. Good times! Released 10/25/16



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The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon and Dean Hale.

Our favorite spunky, non-conformist heroine returns for a new adventure inthis early chapter book series. Released 11/8/16.

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Going Wild by Lisa McMann.

I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, but I LOVED McMann’s Unwanteds series. Her newest is being touted as Spiderman meets Animorphs.

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Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon.

Boys and girls will both go bananas for this hysterical adventure series. This is the 3rd insallment starring Princess Harriet Hamsterbone. The author is best known for her Dragon Breath series. Released 10/18/16.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore.

More on the Young Adult side (ages 12+) this book has already been longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, it follows the story of two best friends who are tinged with magic, and four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. I’m in. Released 10/4/16.











Moon Library on the Road!

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In an  effort to provide more outreach within our community, the Children’s Department has begun a new Traveling Tales program. Each month we will bring a storytime to participating daycare and preschool programs, as well as a traveling collection of children’s books. Children who have Allegheny County library cards will be able to borrow books from this collection and return them to the preschool for us to pick up the following month. We hope to foster a relationship between the public library and children who may not be able to visit on a regular basis. Be sure to ask your child’s daycare or preschool if they are participating in the Traveling Tales program!

Best Books for Babies!

For the past two years, I have been thrilled to sit on the Best Books for Babies Committee, a project headed by The Fred Rogers Center and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. This group is made up of several early literacy professionals in the Pittsburgh area. We met several times earlier this year to choose the 10 best books published in the United States in 2015 for babies ages birth-18 months to assist parents and professionals select outstanding books. The winners were chosen based on the book as a whole (text, illustration, concept, design, ease of handling and age-appropriateness.

I hope you enjoy the list!

Global Baby Bedtimes by Maya Ajmera

Big Bear, Little Chair by Lizi Boyd


One Gorilla: a Counting Book by Anthony Browne

 Smick by Doreen Cronin

touchthinklearn Vehicles by Xavier Deneux

 Splish, Splash, Baby! by Karen Katz



Boats Go by Steve Light


I Get Dressed/I Play by David McPhail

Snuggle Up with Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie; Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Baby Animals Spots and Stripes by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

New Storytime Guidelines

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Fall is here and we’re rolling out some new storytimes! We want to make storytime as successful as possible for all children. We kindly ask that guardians attend the toddler storytime with the child, but wait outside the storytime room for the preschool-age children. Our goal is to make all children comfortable and gear the program to the proper age-groups. If your child is on the age borderline, give both a try! The new schedule is listed below.


Tuesdays 10:30 AM & Wednesdays 1:00 PM

Preschool (ages 3-5)

Tuesdays @ 1:00 PM & Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Botanic Garden Family Pass

I will be hosting a Forest Stories Storytime at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens in Oakdale twice over the summer. Due to this new partnership, the Botanic Gardens has generously donated a Family Pass for our library to circulate! You will be able to borrow the pass for one week and take advantage of this amazing nature reserve right in our back yard. Please contact the library or Miss Megan for more details.


Summer Reading…Coming Soon to You!

We are busy, busy, busy getting ready for our Summer Programming. The calendar is chock-full of programs for folks birth-adult and we can’t wait to get started! All of the children’s programs (birth-5th grade) are up on our online event calendar and registration will open on June 1st. From Harry Potter to a Tween Spa Day, there is something for everyone!