from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Friday 29th January 2021
While we know that Black History Month at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh will look a little different this year due to limited personal service, we’ve developed a robust set of virtual programs and resources to remotely and securely involve our city. A directory of this year’s Black History Month library resources can be found here.
Video book reviews:
Get up close and personal with some of your favorite library staff. The next best thing to get a recommendation. Short videos are posted on Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories.
Teen: Monday at 2 p.m.
Children: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Adults: Fridays at 2 p.m.
Short and engaging book recommendations with some of your favorite library staff. The posts can be found on Instagram and shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Two videos a week, Tuesday and Friday noon. One short weekly screencast-based video showing how to use a particular genealogy resource and one video where Amy answers a question she has received and teaches the technique of finding the answer with questions and answers found in the Comments are recommended. Watch it on YouTube.
Experience the magic and benefits of storytime from the comfort of your home with fun songs, rhymes, and tips on early literacy. Check out Instagram, Facebook & YouTube.
Baby and toddler stories, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
PreSchool Storytimes, Fridays at 9 a.m.
Entertaining songs, rhymes, and early literacy tips from well-known children’s staff. Have fun with your young child as you learn to sing, speak, and move around with rhymes and songs that build valuable reading skills. Check out @carnegielibrary Instagram Stories.
2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Storytime for a group
Bring the magic of stories to your classroom while expanding early literacy opportunities for the children in your care! Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories, and tips on early literacy. Call 412-622-3114 or Text 412-775-3900 * to get a passcode for your group!
Baby / toddler and preschool videos are uploaded by the 24th of each month
Teen Time @ Home
Join us on Wednesday afternoons as we have fun, creative activities that teens can learn and share with us! Every two weeks we post an activity that comes with a Teen Time Grab & Go activity kit that you can pick up at your neighborhood location. Each kit contains all of the materials you will need for the project. Kits can be picked up at all CLP locations while stocks last. Follow us on Instagram @clpteenspace or find us on YouTube!
Creative course club
Learn something new! Come visit us every Monday and discover a new activity on YouTube @clpvideo, as well as on Instagram and Facebook for DIY, crafting, cooking, chopping at home and retro crafts. Our creative team is here to share skills, online resources and tutorials, books, and possibly some epic crafting.
Virtual book club
Monday, February 8, 2021, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Join a lively discussion with fellow book lovers about Zoom to discuss Orange World by Karen Russell. On February 22nd, with the kind permission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, attendees will have additional access to Karen Russell’s ten-evenings lecture. Copies of this book are available on Overdrive and in the catalog. Please register using the library’s online calendar of events prior to the discussion. Stay up to date on “VBC” by joining our Facebook group, CLP Virtual Book Club.
Virtual Machine Basics: Internet Security
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Experience a virtual learning opportunity with us as we explore the fundamentals of Internet security. Learn how to navigate reputable websites, avoid fraud, and stay safe online. This class is limited to ten participants. Please call 412-622-3114 or use the Eventbrite box on the events page to register.
Virtual On Ramp to Python: A Six Week Introduction to Coding
Wednesday, February 17, 20216: 30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Would you like to learn how to program? We’ll cover the basics of coding, including variables, conditions, loops, lists, and functions. Participants will complete programming topics through an online Python learning website and meet virtually on six consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Virtual meetings include time for reviews, questions, practice, and coding from live instructors. In addition to the meetings, there are independent exercises worth around an hour each week. A computer and internet are required for class, webcam preferred.
Virtual On Ramp to Python: A Six Week Introduction to Coding
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Would you like to learn how to program? We’ll cover the basics of coding, including variables, conditions, loops, lists, and functions. Participants will complete programming topics through an online Python learning website and meet virtually on six consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Virtual meetings include time for reviews, questions, practice, and coding from live instructors. In addition to the meetings, independent exercises worth around an hour are conducted each week. A computer and internet are required for class, webcam preferred.
Celebrate: Black History Month
Friday 19th February 2021
Share interactive rhymes and songs and meet new friends during a virtual storytime of Black History Month. Children and adults will use books to expand their imaginations and develop early reading and writing skills. Reading together is the most important activity you can do to prepare your child for reading. For children aged 18 months to 5 years and their carers. Check out Instagram, Facebook & YouTube.
Virtual book club
Monday, February 22, 2021, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Join fellow book lovers for a lively discussion about Zoom and discuss We Better Than This by Elijah Cummings as part of our Black History Month at CLP. Copies of this book are available from Overdrive / Libby and the catalog. Please register using the library’s online calendar of events prior to the discussion. Stay up to date on “VBC” by joining our Facebook group, CLP Virtual Book Club.
We are better than that – the future of our democracy, a virtual conversation
Monday, February 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Visit the library, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and Jim Dale for a deeper look into the book We’re Better Than This by US Representative Elijah Cummings. Learn more about how the book was made and the defining moments in Mr. Cummings’ life that helped shape his commitment to public service. Dr. Cummings will reconstruct the Congressman’s last days and think about how he would have reacted to recent events. This discussion is followed by a question and answer session with questions from the chat function in the meeting room. Copies of this book are available from Overdrive / Libby and the catalog. Please register using the library’s online calendar of events prior to the discussion.
Virtual Machine Basics: DigitalLearn
Thursday, February 25, 2021: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DigitalLearn is a free resource from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh that can be used to improve your computer literacy and unlock your potential to improve your digital literacy. DigitalLearn has everything from learning the parts of a computer to shopping online. Talk to us about the topics covered in this tool so you can learn at your own pace. This class is limited to ten participants. Please call 412-622-3114 or use the Eventbrite box on the events page to register.
We are here for you! Help is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via:
General reference – Questions about library accounts, research inquiries, and more.
Business issues – Business plans, marketing resources, and other business planning and research.
Career assistance – CV, cover letter and preparation of the interview.
Support of digital competence – for help with computers or we will help you and resources when you help others.
eResources Help –Find, borrow and read or listen to eBooks, audiobooks, music and more on your device.
Genealogy Inquiries – Assistance in navigating online sources to research your family history.
Charitable help – Online access to the Foundation Directory.
This press release was produced by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The views expressed are those of the author.