February 7, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club

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.

For children age six and older, see our Wednesday sessions at Willie Tee’s Barbershop.

Winter 2019 Books:

  • Word Play by Adam Lehrhaupt | February 7
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith | February 14
  • Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney | February 21
  • Unplugged by Steven Antony | February 28
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold | March 7
  • Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai | March 14
  • The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark | March 21
  • Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg | March 28

Raising Readers provides free:

  • books
  • discussion
  • food
  • songs
  • storytelling
  • resources


For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.421.3889 or

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January 29, 2019

Looking Forward, Together

Can you believe it’s been one year since we changed our name to Trying Together?!

As I reflect on all that has changed, particularly in the last two years, I am encouraged by what has stood the test of time: our commitment to supporting the work of early childhood.

Through our collaborations with you, we are creating a future in which caregivers feel valued, children have access to high-quality early learning environments, and families have the resources they need to support their children’s early learning experiences.

We look forward to working together with you to make this vision a reality for all young children and their caregivers in 2019 and beyond. Like Fred Rogers said, “…trying together, just about anything can be possible.”


Cara Ciminillo, Trying Together Executive Director


November 19, 2018

2019 Changes to the PA One Book Program

In 2019, the Pennsylvania One Book Program will adapt to meet the increasing need to support early literacy to Pennsylvania’s youngest learners. These changes include a shift in focus to get more books into the hands and homes of more children.

Available Books

There will be two books available for purchase:

  • Barnyard Banter” by Denise Fleming
    For infants and toddlers (available in English).
  • Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis
    For children ages three to five (available in English and Spanish).

There are no minimum or fixed quantities required. Early learning providers, library staff, and community partners can purchase the exact number of books needed. To keep costs more affordable, paperback options are the only available option.

Purchasing Details

Purchasing of the two titles are through Scholastic Publishing Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program. If your organization already participates in the FACE or Scholastic Literacy Partners Program, you will just need to complete the order form available from Scholastic Publishing. Click here for the order form.

A two-page Family Fun Guide for both titles will be available on the PA One Book website ( by January 2019. Other guides aligned with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood will also be available with activities for use by early childhood educators and families.

With this change, copies of the One Book titles will no longer be mailed to early learning programs, however, anyone may purchase and donate copies to child care homes and centers, as well as families.

*Information provided by NAEYC*