Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 180,000 Book Summer Reading Challenge!

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Littsburgh’s Rachel Ekstrom with Andrew Cardnegie!

Summer Reading is back, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is challenging the Pittsburgh region to read 180,000 books this summer. Everyone can read, and all reading counts—books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and fan fiction. And reading to a child counts, too!

Reading is a great way to ignite conversation and connection with friends and family. Summer reading is about leisurely browsing the pages of a best-seller by the pool; listening to an audiobook on the family road trip; and igniting different avenues of imagination with fanfiction from your favorite series. Residents up to the challenge can sign-up for summer reading at

Summer Reading

The 17th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza

Make the world a better place—by reading!

Kick off Summer Reading and help Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh reach its 180,000 book challenge… The fun begins June 11 with an outdoor festival for all ages. Head over to the Library in Oakland for music, crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks and more! While you’re there, find out how to enroll in a Summer Reading program that will help you improve the world around you.

Launch Event

Here’s a sample of some of the great things you can do at this year’s Extravaganza:

→ Enjoy live performances, interactive storytimes and puppet shows
→ Browse the annual book sale
→ Play a fun Readers Game
→ Check out our new musical instrument collection or stop by the CLP Arcade
→ Decorate your own Eat’n Park Smiley Cookie and sing him Happy Birthday
→ Support your Library by purchasing food from the featured food trucks
Sign up for Summer Reading… and so much more!

More than 100 volunteers help at Summer Reading Extravaganza. If you’re interested in volunteering at our biggest event of the year, please click here for more info.

Schedule of Events:

EQT Performance Tent

Emcee: Larry Berger, SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

12:00 – Pittsburgh Puppet Works, WQED Writers Contest “The Write Dream 2017”
1:00 – Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Xtreme Teen Broadway
2:00 – 1Hood
3:00 – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcome
3:15 – Celebrate Smiley’s birthday with singing and cake!
4:00 – Timbeleza, Street Samba Funk

Quiet Reading Room, First Floor

Artists brought to you by 91.3 WYEP

1:15 – Miranda Brandon
2:15 – Sophia Blake
3:15 – Hunter Greenberg
4:15 – Julia Renee

Storytimes, Read Alouds and Puppet Shows

12:30 – Children’s Room, The Magic Tree puppet show
12:45 – Family PlayShop Tent, Baby and Toddler Snugglebugs storytime
1:00 – Citiparks Stage, Daniel Reads a Poem read aloud
1:30 – Children’s Room, The Magic Tree puppet show
2:30 – Children’s Room, The Magic Tree puppet show
2:45 – Family PlayShop Tent, Baby and Toddler Snugglebugs storytime
3:00 – Citiparks Stage, Daniel Reads a Poem read aloud
3:30 – Children’s Room, The Magic Tree puppet show
4:30 – Children’s Room, The Magic Tree puppet show

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hands On Learning Tent

12:00 – Paper Folding Demonstration
12:30 – Paper Folding Demonstration
1:00 – Paper Circuits Demonstration
1:30 – Paper Circuits Demonstration
2:00 – Paper Folding Demonstration
2:30 – Paper Folding Demonstration
3:00 – Paper Circuits Demonstration
3:30 – Paper Circuits Demonstration
4:00 – Paper Folding Demonstration
4:30 – Paper Folding Demonstration

This event is held rain or shine. No event registration required.


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