Awantika Kumar, left, of Carnegie, her 2-year-old daughter, Aarna, 15-month-old Elizabeth Glance and her nanny, Jennifer Matta, 28, attend a story-telling session at the Andrew Carnegie Library.
By Linda Wilson Fuoco Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Summer classes got richer when Carnegie council members gave $5,000 to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall for a math program for children entering kindergarten.
The library received the money for the Math4U program last Thursday along with an additional $500 for a reading program, said Carnegie manager Jeff Harbin.
"When council heard the programs were in jeopardy, they agreed to release the money," Mr. Harbin said.
Library Director Erin Tipping, who is also the children and youth services librarian, who was in the audience, said, "We're so thankful that you decided to support the Math4U program."
She added that she brought with her some thank-you notes from future participants of the program.
Since April, Carnegie elected officials have been withholding the $2,500 they usually send to the library each month.
The money has been held in an escrow account because borough and library officials have been at odds over a series of leadership changes at the facility on Beechwood Avenue.
The free Math4U classes will run for six weeks, starting June 25.
There is room for 20 children, and if more sign up a second session will be created. Classes will be taught by community volunteers and Ms. Tipping.
Math4U aims to make math fun, with teaching methods that include using M&M candies to teach children how to count and how to recognize colors.
Kindergarten teachers have reported that children who took the summer course did better during the school year.
The course is free, but parents need to contact the library to register their children.
A grant from PNC Foundation will fund the hands-on, six-week Science4U program, which also starts June 25.
This is also for children who are entering kindergarten. Parents need to register their children for the free course.
This is part of PNC's Grow Up Great Initiative, and the foundation is sending the Carnegie Library $22,000 for two years of programming, Ms. Tipping said.
Other summer programs are available. All are free and most do not require advance registration or weekly attendance -- children can simply "drop in." For classes where crafts will be made, parents need to register their children so the staff can provide enough supplies.
Here's a roundup of programs:
• Noise Allowed: Children ages 8-13 are invited to come to the library from 10 a.m. to noon -- before the library opens -- on Monday.
They can play on computers, read books, play games and have fun while making as much noise as they wish.
• Outdoor Adventures: Children ages 5-7 can come at 4 p.m. Monday to explore the world around the library. Participants will meet in the Children's Department and then head outside to play with beach balls, bubbles, parachutes and more.
• Crafternoons: A craft program starts at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• Outdoor Adventures: This program is for children ages 5-7 at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The program will start in the Children's Department.
• Family Story Time: Stories will be shared and there will be games for siblings and family members "who are a little too old to listen to stories" at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The program is open to all ages.
• Reading Adventures: Children ages 9-12 at 4 p.m. will talk about their favorite book series, starting with the Star Wars universe at 4 p.m. June 21. Participants will be making a take-home craft.
• Crafternoons: A craft program starts at 6 p.m. June 21.
• Reading Adventures: A program will enable children ages 9-12 to talk about book series and to make crafts at 11 a.m. June 22.
• Crafternoons: A craft program starts at 3:30 p.m. June 22.
• Family story time: The program starts at 10 a.m. June 23 for families.
The library also will be participating in the Allegheny County Library Association's pilot program, Questyinz, which is a summer reading game for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
There has been a delay in obtaining the cards for the program, so look at the library website for updates and schedules.
• Read to Me: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. through Aug. 7 for infants to 3-year-olds. Sessions include stories and songs.
• Read With Me: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 9 for children ages 3- 7. Crafts are included.