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Best Summer Reading Events For Kids In Pittsburgh

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Children of all ages may find new avenues in reading events with a myriad of choices at local libraries and learning centers in the Pittsburgh region. Prestigious universities and libraries will provide a host of activities that will help the students with opportunities that make for a positive learning experience. Interactive activities and special programs are arranged to make the reading experience a memorable adventure, and find new ways to enjoy books. Reading and comprehension skills are taught by certified instructors and volunteers, which makes for a fun and comfortable atmosphere in an independent setting.

Reading Skills And Speed Reading Programs
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(800) 964-8888

Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement offers a summer reading program for students 4-years-old to high school level once a week on campus and throughout the area. Instructors teach eight diverse programs that start with reading readiness and phonics in the kindergarten ages to early elementary grades. Each grade level learns to be self-sufficient in reading as the instructors encourage the students to be more independent learners.

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Summer Reading Club
Northland Public Library
300 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 366-8100
Date: June 3 to Aug. 24

The Northland Public Library sponsors reading clubs for all ages and the free summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, offers interactive games, quests and activities. For example, every Thursday from June 20 to August 22, bring a blanket and kick back for half-hour stories at Picture Perfect Picnic. Other events abound. There are no assigned schedules and all it takes is a registration, a wristband and a love of reading.

Summer Reading Extravaganza
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3114
Date: June 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m

Make sure to mark your calendars for the opening of the summer reading program at the Carnegie Library, which is a free annual event for all members of the family. Spread out the blankets on the grass areas and enjoy reading and discussing your favorite selections. Beyond books, the musical entertainment, crafts and activities will ensure that there is something for everybody to enjoy in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh.

Laughlin Children's Center
424 Frederick Ave.
Sewickley, PA 15143
(412) 741-4087
Date: Check here for details.

There is a host of opportunities for children from pre-school to high school to receive reading services by qualified instructors at Laughlin Children's Center. There is a One Minute Reader program for students in grades two to six who need remedial support in reading fluency. For kindergarten to the elementary grades, camps will get the students excited through activities that are fun and enrichment-orientated. Tutoring services are also available for children in all grades throughout the summer and the scheduling can be adjusted to fit the family.

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Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 321-8022

The opportunities are boundless with the Reading Is Fundamental program, which helps thousands of children in the Pittsburgh area access books. The program volunteers and coordinators are give a positive reading experience. There is a storymobile that travels in the Pittsburgh area for communities and families to enjoy a wide variety of books. RIF reaches into the summer season with the Be Book Smart program. Want to get involved? The program partners with Macy's, June 21-July 31 for donations to ensure children have enough free books to start their own libraries. During that time, your purchases will help bring books to kids.

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

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