Welcome to The Next Chapter!

The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter is a chapter book storytime for big kids (kindergarten-4th grade), and anyone who likes a relaxing read in the afternoon. Our first book will be The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. It is the story of a precocious hamster named Humphrey and his adventures with the students of Room 26. Humphrey has a big heart, but will he be able to win the heart of rodent-hating Mrs. Brisbane? She wants him out of her classroom!

The Next Chapter starts at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 22, and will run on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 to about 2:30.  

Introducing Happy Crafting!

Each week, pick up a new craft kit that you can make yourself!

Craft Kit Boat

Be prepared to sail the Seven Seas (or at least your bathtub) with this week’s Grab and Go Craft Kit. Included in the kit are a slice of pool noodle for the boat, a straw for the mast and some colorful foam for the sails and a candy surprise. You supply the scissors. If you have any questions, please give Miss JoLynne a call at 412-276-3456 x 11. Happy crafting!. 

Click here for Miss JoLynne’s demonstration of how to put it together! 

Summer Reading Is Here!

summer reading

Summer Reading starts on Monday, June 15 and runs through Saturday, August 8. To register, call 412-276-3456 or email Miss JoLynne. When you do, we’ll schedule a time for you to come pick up your special registration prize!

Track your reading with the Beanstack Tracker app! It’s free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Fill out this week’s Bingo card (or pick one up at the library) for the chance to win more prizes!

Visit ACLA Summer Reading to learn about free programs from the Children’s Museum, Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, and more!

Watch this page and follow us on Facebook – there are more special programs still to come!

Early Literacy Tip of the Month

Every Child Ready to Read

Tip of the month:
 Our early literacy tip of the month focuses on letter knowledge which is knowing that letters are different from each other and that the same letter can look different ways.  The letter that your child may most be interested in may be the first letter of their own name.  As you read with them, point out when you see that letter in what you’re reading.  When you head outside, help your child look for that letter and for the other letters in their own name.

Virtual Story Times

Miss JoLynne

We can still enjoy story times! Join us for Miss JoLynne’s virtual story times at Facebook Live on the following days and times. You can enjoy story times even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

  • Monday at 7pm: Family Storytime
  • Tuesday at 10:30am: Babies and Books
  • Thursday at 1pm: Preschool Storytime
  • Wednesday at 2pm: The Next Chapter


Allegheny County’s eLibrary for Kids


Carlynton School District

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Expert guidance, resources, and apps to help you meet the goal of reading 1,000 books to your child before they enter kindergarten. Every 100 books, stop by the library to get your sticker and update your progress!

Cruise Into Kindergarten
Try this fun online game designed by Pennsylvania Public Libraries to strengthen early literacy, math, and science skills!

PBS Kids
Fun games and activities featuring your favorite PBS characters!

Explore Kidsburgh! You’ll find a great calendar of kid-friendly events around Pittsburgh, a directory of child-serving organizations, and plenty of parenting resources about creative learning and health.

Building Your Family’s Home Library
Looking for your kid’s next favorite book? Check out these recommended book lists by age!