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Within many libraries, there are special programs for kids of all ages to learn new things and develop a hands-on approach to learning. These programs entail garnering information for reading enrichment, special events with speakers, story times, crafts, games, hands-on activities and time to share the fun with the entire family.
Northland Public Library
300 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 366-8100
www.northlandlibrary.org

One of the most exhilarating activities at Northland Library is the Mission Club, and children in grades 3-6 might just become the next inventor for the future. This event will challenge the intuitiveness in the field of science, engineering, technology and math because the kids will have to devise and generate a unique project. Scheduled programs  also include activities that can carry over to the home. Family Fun Night is exactly what is expected, a time to share with parents or caregivers for children in grades first to sixth grade to work together in the STEM program. It is prudent to check for the availability of the programs, and sometimes parents must go through the registration process.

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Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 531- 1912
www.mtlebanonlibrary.org

There are a host of ongoing programs at Mt. Lebanon Public Library and even though registration is required with some of the programs, there are enough opportunities to get involved for children and their families. That list is arranged with story times, book clubs and groups and holiday events. The variety of programs for all ages include learning experiences in all areas of interest through games, crafts, technology, reading, hands-on activities, art studios and socialization. There is also a special Family Program that continues throughout the year with a myriad of fun with crafts, specialty shows, holiday events, theme programs and musical selections. Check the calendar of events to ensure placement in a program.

Whitehall Public Library
100 Borough Park Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
(412) 882-6622
www.whitehallpubliclibrary.org

The Whitehall Public Library’s story time events seem to a popular event. These all-around programs aren’t just stories, as there are games, crafts and rhythmical activities. If the kids want to Move And Groove at another story time activity, then add some music, dance, instruments and a flow of bubbles. The older kids in grades 4-6 can engage in an inquisitive activity called the Book Brigade, and their task is to brainstorm a different book each month. The library also wants to involve the kids and their families in a spooktacular activity that is scheduled on Friday, October 30. The kids will love the scary stories and games, but make sure to register for the event.

Shaler North Hills Public Library
1822 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116
(412) 486-0211
www.shalerlibrary.org

The Fall season at the Shaler North Hills Library is one that is filled with so many events that it won’t be too difficult to find a program for just about any age level. The new kid craze is saving and trading Shopkins, and there are several dates to meet new friends and share experiences. The Stuffed Animal Sleepover is a wonderful event to listen to stories with a favorite teddy bear and tuck him overnight. Each Thursday, the kids can jump right in and work on a Lego Challenge or Lego Robotics and learn how to make their designs move. Future CSI detectives in grades 4-6 can learn the nuances of investigate work. Registration is necessary for some programs; check the schedules of each event or class to ensure a place in the program.

Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3114
www.carnegielibrary.org

Even though the Carnegie Library in Oakland is the main library system, there are 19 other branches that offer programs for kids of all ages. Most of the programs are free and the diverse locations throughout the Pittsburgh region offer similar events. It’s best to check the schedule for the times and dates. Storytime: Family Fun is the place to kick back with other kids and have a laugh, listen to some great stories. The Lego Club inspires the kids to be creative and let the blocks tell their own story. There is always time to participate in games, crafts, art, music, holiday and science programs, but a stop at Carnegie Library or any branch library to find a favorite book is worth a trip back over and over again.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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