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June 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Families Invited to Receive Free Children’s Books

Since the City of Pittsburgh’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launch in February 2019, the program has grown to include over 3,200 local children and recently sent its 30,000th book. Thanks to funding received from the Hillman Family Foundation and McCauley Ministries, the program will continue to sustain and grow services in Pittsburgh.

About the Program

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a free program for any child who lives in the City of Pittsburgh age zero to five to receive one book a month in the mail until their fifth birthday. When they turn five, they will have their own library of up to 60 books.

The City of Pittsburgh’s program is affiliated with the national initiative started by music legend Dolly Parton. Participating children will begin receiving books through the U.S. Postal Services approximately eight weeks after the registration form has been received.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, preschoolers must:

  • be a resident of the City of Pittsburgh,
  • have a parent or guardian fill out an official registration form, and
  • notify the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania of any address changes.

Registration

To sign up for this program, register your child(ren) online via the Imagination Library website!

Interested in mailing in or submitting your registration in person? See their webpage for more details.

More Information

For any questions, please contact Tiffini Simoneaux at tiffini.simoneaux@pittsburghpa.gov or 412.255.2505. To view the booklist, visit the Imagination Library website.

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April 7, 2020

Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy

Are you interested in learning about classroom-ready resources that support social-emotional learning? Join Dr. Nancy Boyles on April 7 for the webinar, “Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy.”

About

During this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of CASEL focus areas that impact personal strength: managing feelings, a positive view of self, developing self-confidence, controlling impulsive behaviors, setting goals, and skill in communicating. This will include a reflection on questions for professionals in each area, an introduction to noteworthy picture books aligned to the focus areas, and application of a student-friendly questioning strategy for starting SEL conversations.

This webinar will be of interest to pre-k through high school teachers, librarians, and school leaders. Time for questions will be included.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the event webpage!

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March 12, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Winter 2020 Books

    • February 6: Thank You, Mr. Panda
    • February 13: Funderpants!
    • February 20: Knock Knock
    • February 27: My First Elements
    • March 5: Sulwe
    • March 12: Dream Big
    • March 19: The Too-Scary Story (Session Cancelled)
    • March 26: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Session Cancelled)

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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March 5, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Winter 2020 Books

    • February 6: Thank You, Mr. Panda
    • February 13: Funderpants!
    • February 20: Knock Knock
    • February 27: My First Elements
    • March 5: Sulwe
    • March 12: Dream Big
    • March 19: The Too-Scary Story (Session Cancelled)
    • March 26: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Session Cancelled)

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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February 27, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Winter 2020 Books

    • February 6: Thank You, Mr. Panda
    • February 13: Funderpants!
    • February 20: Knock Knock
    • February 27: My First Elements
    • March 5: Sulwe
    • March 12: Dream Big
    • March 19: The Too-Scary Story (Session Cancelled)
    • March 26: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Session Cancelled)

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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February 25, 2020

Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers

Children ages 18 months – 36 months and their caregivers are invited join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Oakland for “Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers” to get up and moving with stories, songs, rhymes, and silly fun! During the event, children will develop language and listening skills, as well as a love of reading. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves!

View the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh calendar to see alternate locations, dates, and times.

More Information

For more information, email children@carnegielibrary.org or call 412.622.3122.

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February 20, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Winter 2020 Books

    • February 6: Thank You, Mr. Panda
    • February 13: Funderpants!
    • February 20: Knock Knock
    • February 27: My First Elements
    • March 5: Sulwe
    • March 12: Dream Big
    • March 19: The Too-Scary Story (Session Cancelled)
    • March 26: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Session Cancelled)

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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February 18, 2020

Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers

Children ages 18 months – 36 months and their caregivers are invited join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Oakland for “Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers” to get up and moving with stories, songs, rhymes, and silly fun! During the event, children will develop language and listening skills, as well as a love of reading. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves!

View the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh calendar to see alternate locations, dates, and times.

More Information

For more information, email children@carnegielibrary.org or call 412.622.3122.

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February 17, 2020

Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers

Children ages 18 months – 36 months and their caregivers are invited join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Oakland for “Storytime: Terrific Tales for Toddlers” to get up and moving with stories, songs, rhymes, and silly fun! During the event, children will develop language and listening skills, as well as a love of reading. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves!

View the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh calendar to see alternate locations, dates, and times.

More Information

For more information, email children@carnegielibrary.org or call 412.622.3122.

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February 13, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Winter 2020 Books

    • February 6: Thank You, Mr. Panda
    • February 13: Funderpants!
    • February 20: Knock Knock
    • February 27: My First Elements
    • March 5: Sulwe
    • March 12: Dream Big
    • March 19: The Too-Scary Story (Session Cancelled)
    • March 26: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Session Cancelled)

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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