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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale

August Newsletter

Book Discussion Groups Are Back In Person 

Do you enjoy a good book? Are you open to reading new authors or genres, and then sharing your thoughts with other book lovers? Swissvale Library hosts four book discussion groups each month, which have resumed in-person meetings (with everyone wearing a mask). New members are welcome any time. Book lists are available at the library or on the website. Just stop by the front desk to request a copy of an upcoming book, read, and DON’T keep your opinions to yourself!

Computer Tutor

Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. starting August 17

Sign up at the library desk for a 30-minute session. Get help with whatever you need, from computer basics to online job applications to using zoom for family visits. Whatever your computer or device question, bring it to the Computer Tutor!

Music at the Library Summer Concert Series 

Free outdoor concerts every other Saturday, June–September 2021

Join us outside at the library for performances from a wide variety of talented local musicians. There will be something for every kind of music lover – jazz, bluegrass, rock, soul, folk, Latin, Americana, country and more! Bring a chair or a blanket and relax on the library’s front lawn.

Concerts will begin at 2:30 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled to the following Saturday. Check our website and social media for updates!

Visit for information about performers and the schedule. 

Experience Kits for Local History Attractions

Thanks to our partnership with the Heinz Center Affiliates Program and other Allegheny County libraries, we are offering FREE ADMISSION for up to four people to a number of museums and historical sites around Pittsburgh! Plus, each kit comes with access to educational information, itinerary ideas, and other fun content.  
Our kits this year include:  
  • Heinz History Center (includes complimentary admission to Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft!)  
  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
  • Lincoln Highway Experience
  • Quecreek Mine Rescue Site
  • McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center*
  • The Passavant House*
  • Vicary Mansion*
*Pass used in lieu of suggested donation; check with the site about ticketed events. 
Experience kits will be available starting June 1. You can check out one kit at a time. Loans are for one week only, and cannot be renewed. Please return your experience kits to the Swissvale Library. Happy historical trails to you and three friends! For more information about how to get your tickets and to reserve a kit, contact us at 412-731-2300.

Make It To Grow Kits

Learn about art, nature and food justice with a Make It to Grow kit! Designed by artist-in-residence Katy DeMent, Make It to Grow kits are fun for all ages, and can be done independently or together as a family. Pick up a new kit every month at the Swissvale Library, while supplies last. New kits are available every 2nd Monday and the accompanying live Zoom class will be the following week. Learn more about Make It To Grow at

Summer Reading Continues!

Log books and activities over Beanstack and earn badges and chances at prizes. Sign up at Log 5 books and earn a FREE ice cream at the Swissvale Dari Delite!

Sign Up For Beanstack Summer Reading

Grab & Go Kits

Every other Monday • Take-Home

Take the library home with you with a grab and go kit! These kits cover a variety of STEAM topics and are designed by our children’s librarian to encourage learning and fun. Two different kits will be available – one for preschoolers, and one for grades K-5. New kits can be picked up at the library every other Monday (7/12 and 7/26) and will be available while supplies last.

Outdoor Story Time

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. • Library lawn, Memorial Park Lower Pavilion, Collingwood Playground

Join us for stories and songs outdoors at several locations around the neighborhood! Bring a blanket for your family and remember to wear masks. Check our social media/website for cancellation announcements in case of inclement weather.

  • 7/28 Collingwood Playground
  • 8/4 Library


Tuesdays at 4:30 pm • Virtual

The library now has its own exclusive Minecraft server! Every week we’ll be taking on a building challenge and testing the limits of our creativity. This program is best suited for kids in grades 3-6. E-mail Cece at for the server and Zoom meeting login information, and in your email please include your child’s name, age and Minecraft username.

Technical note: we will be playing Minecraft: Java Edition, which is incompatible with mobile phones or gaming consoles.

Saturday STEAM

Saturdays at 1:00 pm • Library lawn

We’re going full STEAM ahead every Saturday! Kids in grades K-5 will tackle fun challenges related to science, technology, engineering, art and math – and fun! This is an outdoor program, but we’ll move inside the library in case of inclement weather. Check our social media/website for updates.

Tween & Teen Time

Thursdays at 4:30 pm • Virtual

Join Cece for Tween & Teen Time over Zoom every week! We alternate between games (with prizes!) and reading comics together. E-mail Cece at for the Zoom meeting login information.

  • July 29 – Lines From a Hat
  • August 5 – Let’s Read
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