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Reading Ready Pittsburgh

supporting families to foster a love of reading

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Reading Ready Pittsburgh believes in the power of family book sharing

to ensure all children are ready to thrive in kindergarten.

 

By increasing access to books and encouraging significant family engagement,

we work to guarantee that all families have the tools and resources they need

to support their children.

 

All children deserve full book shelves.

850+ children enrolled in Raising a Reader between 39 sites

Over 28,500 used books redistributed

Over 1,500 brand new

books gifted 

 313 parents receive parenting facts and tips via text messages each month

12 free libraries built 

1,923 children in the Mon Valley receive a new book each month and 810 graduated

Ranada's Story 

Ranada was introduced to the importance of early reading through our "Raising a Reader" program. Listen as she shares her insights about the impacts it has made on her family.

OUR RECENT NEWS

September Library Day 2023

Reading Ready Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Library of Homestead co-hosted the Septemeber Library Day on September 16, 2023.  There was so much to do!  Apple tasting, a scavenger hunt, free book giveaways, storytime, games, crafts, and a ton more.  We love it when our community's parents and kids come out to celebrate books with us, especially on a day with such fine weather!  Stay tuned for more fun future events like Saturdays!

Dolly Parton Parton Imagination in the City of Pittsburgh

As of August 3, 2023 Reading Ready Pittsburgh has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh to bring back the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for all City of Pittsburgh children between the ages of zero and five. Sign up today!

Read more about it here.

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Blue Bag Events 2023

During the month of May, eighteen of our Raising a Reader classrooms celebrated their success of completing the red bag rotation at Blue Bag Bashes! Working with the Braddock, Homestead, and Swissvale libraries, we continued to build the classroom/library connection by holding storytimes and discussing all of the wonderful things children can do at libraries! Each child received their own "Blue Library Bag" filled with information about their local library and how to get a library card. The bag can be used when they carry books to and from the library! 

Braddock Literacy Day 2023

Despite having to utilize our rain date, Braddock Literacy Day was a great success. Plenty of family and children came through and received free books and toys and heard stories from local community helpers such as firefighters, early learning teachers, barbershop and salon owners, and more.

To top it off, a declaration was made by the county that, going forward in Allegheny County, May 20 would be known as Braddock Literacy Day in partnership with Reading Ready Pittsburgh.

We are excited to keep this event going, and we hope to see you there next year!

Mon View Paint Day 2023

On June 3, 2023 the crew of Reading Ready Pittsburgh, a number of volunteers, and some Mon View community residents all came together to paint a variety of games and add some color around the playground in the community development.  We were able to add a foursquare court, hop scotch, jumping logs, alphabet letters, and more.  There were also crafts, kite flying, and book giveaways!

Storytime at the Laundromat

Reading Ready Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Homestead, Steel Valley Family Center, and the Laundry House teamed up to offer FREE LAUNDRY to families with children under 7 who participated in story time.

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