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Cruise into Kindergarten with Play K
Is your child entering Kindergarten in the fall? With materials provided through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, we are excited to announce a new series of Play K programs for children and caregivers. 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. Registration required for each class.

Mondays @ 11 am: July 3 & 24; Aug. 7


Backyard Detectives
It’s summer, and you’ll be seeing a lot of bees, ladybugs, grasshoppers, crickets and more in your own backyard. Come and find out more about these and other critters through stories, songs and a take-home craft! This program is geared to preschool-aged children, but all are welcome! No registration required.

Wednesdays @ 10:30 am: June 14 through August 16 (no program July 26)

We Sew Love Art
We are combining our love for picture books with small, creative sewing projects that children can make and take! We will be using blunt tip needles or regular sewing needs with parent assistance. Limit of 20 students per class. Registration required for each class.
Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm for children grades K-2 and @ 6:30 pm for children grades 3-5

YOGreAt Yoga Camp
Are you in or entering grades 3-5, have energy to expend and ready to try something new that’s beneficial to movement and mindfulness? Join Leah Younkins, BWSD Special Education Teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher, for a non-competitive 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. Secure your spot! Registration required. 

Thursdays @ 12:30 pm: June 15 through Aug. 10 (no class July 13)

Smart Start Baby Art
Babies ages birth-18 months can explore, create, hear stories and participate in activities to help them learn and grow. Activities include texture blocks, musical instruments, discovery bottles, tummy time paintings, footprint art and more! No registration required.

Mondays @ 10:30 am: June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14

Beyond the Brush Art
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! Registration required.

Tuesdays @ 2 pm: July 25  &  Aug. 8

Book Cooks
Reading has never tasted so good! In this beginning-to-cook class, young chefs will develop an appetite for nutritious foods while being introduced to books that reinforce social and academic skills. Experience new foods and new books! This program is geared to children preschool-grade 2, but all are welcome. Please see our website for supplies needed for each class. Registration requiredWednesdays @ 6:30 pm:

Paws for a Cause with Animal Friends
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. Registration required.

Saturdays @ 11 am: June 24, July 22 & Aug. 19

Science in the Summer with Carnegie Science Center - Monday-Thursday: June 26-29 @ 11 am
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and the Carnegie Science Center are teaming up to bring Science in the Summer back to the library! Student scientists will experiment with the Science of Sports and learn the relationship between Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Materials Science as well as the use of technology in support of a successful athlete. At the end of this week, participants will understand how a future STEM career in athletics can relate to their lives today. This program occurs over a period of four consecutive days, and you must be able to attend all sessions.

BONUS: Each student who attends all four days will receive one day of free general admission to the Carnegie Science Center for themselves and 3 guests to be used at the end of the summer! Registration required and is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants entering grades 2-6.

The Kindness Club
If you are entering grades 3-5, this is a book club just for you! Each month we will read one inspiring book that promotes kindness, caring and giving back. You will have one month to read the selection, then we will meet to share thoughts and ideas about the book and choose ways to spread our kindness to others as well as put those ideas into action. Books may be picked up at the library or requested on your library card. Registration required. Fridays @ 1 pm:

Robot on a Mission with Carnegie Science Center - Monday, July 10 @ 10:30 am
Students in grades K-2 can discover binary codes and communicate with fellow "robots" to get the job done. Content themes: Robotics, Engineering and Technology. Registration required.

STEM Scientists: Rocks and Minerals - Thursday, July 13 @ 2 pm
Through our partnership with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, students in Grades K-5 can explore samples of different rocks and minerals (including unique rocks found in Pittsburgh), observe similarities and differences, make hands-on mineral identification and explore rocks and minerals through experiments. Registration required.

Wee Build Block Party - Wednesday, July 26 @ 10:30 am
A non-structured hour to build, design, construct and play with many of our wonderful building materials such as Lincoln Logs, Legos, Magna Tiles, our huge block collection, cars, road signs, community helpers and so much more! Build a tower or build a town...the possibilities are endless! All ages are welcome, so come on over and build! No registration required.

Engineering Challenge with Carnegie Science Center - Monday, July 31 @ 10:30 am
Students in grades 4-6 can test their engineering skills through different design challenges. Content themes: Engineering, Careers in Science, Forces and Interaction. Registration required.

Skins and Skulls - Friday, Aug. 4 @ 1:30 pm
The Allegheny County Park Rangers will lead students in exploring the native animal species of our country by observing an extensive collection of animal skins and skulls. Students will have the opportunity to touch all of the specimens and discover animal traits through Q&A and observation. Children will participate in play activities, acting out the different species adaptations and trying to guess each other’s animal. Registration required.

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