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Remake Learning: Nature in the Neighborhood – Saturday, May 18 from 10 am-12 pm

Registration required and begins March 18. 

Children in grades 3 and up and invited to help transform an empty space on our new library grounds into a butterfly garden to attract local species of butterflies and pollinators.? Participants will learn:

  • Which butterflies can be found in our community and the species of plants they depend on to survive
  • The importance of planting native plants and providing all the habitat components to support butterflies throughout their life cycle
  • How to select plants that will support eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies, as well as how to provide safe shelter for butterflies in the garden
  • How to properly place selected plants in the garden
  • How to work together on the garden metamorphosis, planting and mulching
  • How to paint rocks to add to the garden, creating a lasting, colorful, community artwork for our new library space
  • How to make a plan for their own garden to implement at home after learning about different species of essential plants for butterflies

Monday Morning Masterpiece

Mondays @ 10:30 am: June 10, 24 & Aug. 5

Registration?: No
Ages: Birth-3 years.

At each session, children can participate in a sensory art project geared for small hands and experience play time and socialization with other children.

Beyond the Brush Art

Mondays @ 6:30 pm: June 10, July 8 & Aug. 5

Registration?: Yes and begins May 15.
Ages: Grades K-5.

Join local Michael’s art and craft instructor Michelle as she shares her love of artistic creativity with the community and brings her talent to the Baldwin Library! Children in grades K-5 can join Michelle as she introduces a new, exciting project each month and take home a beautiful, unique creation!

Tuesdays @ 1 pm: June 11, July 9 & Aug. 13

Registration?: Yes.
Ages: All ages.

We welcome Animal Friends back to the library for our summer program lineup! Children will have the opportunity to meet and read aloud to an approved literacy cat or dog, hear stories and participate in a literacy activity. Readers of all ages and abilities are welcomed! Because all visits are on a volunteer basis, we ask all participants to bring along one item from the Animal Friends Supply Drive list which can be found here.

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm: June 11 & 25, July 16 & 30, Aug. 13

Registration?: No
Ages: Birth-5 years.

Absolutely no talking in this program, only singing! Musical instruments will delight your child as we introduce new music and put a fresh spin on the familiar.

Forts and Free Play
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am: June 12 & 26, July 17 & 31, Aug. 14

Registration?: No
Ages: Grades K-5.

Let your imagination go wild! We provide the supplies, you bring the creativity. We will read an imaginative story and then spend some time creating using fort kits, Legos, blocks, and the childhood classic- big boxes. Each week will be a new adventure. Ideal for grades K-5.

Registration?: Yes, for each session.
Ages: 9-12

Maker Night: Thursday, June 27 @ 6:30 pm
We will be making stamps to create unique artwork.  We provide the supplies and snacks, you provide the creativity

Tech Night: Thursday, July 25 @ 6:30 pm
We will learn to program a few different robots to accomplish creative tasks.  We might even take a robot swimming!  Don’t miss this fun night with friends and snacks.

Game Night: Thursday, Aug. 1 @ 6:30 pm
Bring your friends for a night of fun games.  We’ll play some familiar favorites as well as introduce some new games.  If you have a favorite board game, bring it along.

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm: June 20 & 27

Registration?: Yes.
Ages: 4-9

KinderFlute is a program perfect for children ages 4-9 that teaches music and how to play flute through games and movement. We are offering two, FREE, introductory classes taught by a private flute teacher and KinderFlute instructor, Katie Shesko. Flutes and materials for activities will all be provided, with an option to borrow the practice instrument with a monetary deposit.

Friday, June 21 @ 1 pm; Thursday, July 18 @ 1 pm; Friday, Aug. 2 @ 1 pm

Registration?: Yes.
Ages: 4-12 years.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and PNC Financial Services are once again bringing Y On the Fly to neighborhood libraries, delivering games, activities and healthy snacks. Each visit will incorporate active play and discussion around healthy eating. Activities will include jumping rope, various sports, obstacle courses and games with water. After play, kids will be provided with a nutritious snack, which they help to make, and are then given the recipe to take home.

It’s Electric with Carnegie Science Center

Monday, July 1 @ 11 am

Registration?: Yes and begins June 15.
Ages: Grades K-6.

Learn about the revolutionary science of “Grounding Father” Ben Franklin, get charged up for a hair-raising experience with our Van de Graaff generator, then come on stage for a “shocking” finale!

Dance Me a Story

Mondays @ 10:30 am: July 8, 15 & 29

Registration?: Yes for each session and begins June 15.
Ages:  3-5 years.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will be presenting a three-week dance session to children ages 3-5! Each class will begin with simple stretches and warm-ups before journeying into each story and its characters through movement and song.  Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate with their child!

Tuesday-Friday: July 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 3:30 pm

Registration?: Yes, for each session attending and begins June 15.
Ages: Grades K-5.

Join us for one day or all four days of our art camp, focusing on art related to outer space!

July 9 – Rockets in Space
July 10 – Constellations
July 11 – Space Shuttle
July 12 – Watercolor Rockets

Monday, July 22 @ 11 am

Registration?: Yes and begins June 15.
Ages: All ages.

Meet the Allegheny County Park Rangers Educational Animal, an Eastern Black Rat Snake named Mr. McSlithers.  Learn about his habitat, diet and everyday life while you get up close to learn about his unique adaptations.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 @ 6:30 pm

Registration?: Yes and begins July 15.
Ages: All ages.

Explore the myth, science and beauty of the night sky with the Allegheny County Park Rangers.  Learn about constellations and astronomy , then take your knowledge outside and directly view the majesty of the night sky.

More Youth Programs

Thursdays @ 12:30 pm: June 13, 20, 27; July 25; August 1, 8, 15 

Registration?: Yes and begins May 15. Register for each session. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Ages: Grades 2-5.

Join Leah Younkins, BWSD Special Education Teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher, for a non-competitive 45 minute yoga class incorporating asana, breath work and a short meditation! Practice will be beginner friendly and fun! Class size will be limited to 12 students per class to provide individualized attention and instruction. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and water.

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm: June 13, July 11 & Aug. 15 

Registration?: Yes.
Ages: Grades K-4.

Come to the library for an evening of interacting with a robot.? We will practice coding the robots to navigate mazes, do simple tasks, and maybe even trace our names.? Each week will be a different robot.? Ideal for ages K-4.

Mondays @ 10:30 am: June 17 & Aug. 12

Registration? Yes.
Ages: Entering Kindergarten in the fall.

With materials provided through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, we are excited for our third summer series of Play K programs. The Play K curriculum allows children entering Kindergarten in the fall to learn necessary skills through educational play and themed playscapes. All activities are aligned with the PA Learning Standards and Kindergarten readiness skills such as using scissors, using a calendar and taking turns.

Wednesdays @ 10:30 am: June 19, July 10 & 24, Aug 7

Registration?: Yes and begins May 15.
Ages: Grades K-5.

Join us as we hear a story from an astronaut on the International Space Station. We will learn a bit about what life aboard the Space Station is like and then experiment with some engaging STEM activities.? Ideal for ages K-5.


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