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Children's Author, Garden Expert Highlight National Library Week

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
April 09, 2018
Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

It's National Library Week, but next week also promises to be exciting at Carnegie Library of McKeesport. On April 19, the library board, staff and local elected officials will break ground on a new parking lot next to the main building at 1507 Library Ave.

The long-awaited $81,000 parking lot, being funded through grants and donations, will add 30 sorely needed spaces for library patrons.

"We were sending out invitations, and someone said, 'Do you think I should put on there that we have limited parking?'" says Colleen Denne, library director.

This week promises to be busy --- even if parking is limited at times --- with events that include "Patron Appreciation Day" on Wednesday, a visit by local children's author Sydelle Pearl on Thursday and a keynote lecture by gardening expert Doug Oster on Friday.

Events also will be held at the White Oak (169 Victoria Drive, at Heritage Hill Pool and Park) and Duquesne branches (300 Kennedy Ave., in the Duquesne Education Center) of McKeesport's library.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko will visit the library to present a proclamation in honor of National Library Week. Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby and White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton are issuing proclamations as well, Denne says.

Ongoing all week at the main library is a 10-clue "scavenger hunt." Patrons who correctly guess all 10 clues can have their name entered in a drawing for a gift card.

The first clue --- "Call me Ishmael" to find this whale of a tale --- isn't so hard, Denne admits, but they do get more complicated.

Registration is recommended for the 6 p.m. Friday lecture by Oster, to be held in the children's room at the library. All attendees will make and take home garden container. Oster can be heard on KDKA (1020) radio on weekends and is the manager and editor of EverybodyGardens, as well as home and garden editor for the Tribune-Review.

Pearl, who lives in Pittsburgh, is an award-winning storyteller and children's author whose recent books include Hope Somewhere in America, Hope Somewhere in Pittsburgh, Books for the Children of the World, Dear Mr. Longfellow, Elijah's Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays, Why Bear Has a Short Tail, Wordwings and Why Evergreen Trees Are Green All Year.

A complete schedule of events follows. All events are at 1507 Library Ave. unless otherwise noted:


  • Morning movie: "Wonder" 10 a.m., popcorn provided
  • Pre-K storytime: 11 a.m. (White Oak)
  • Open Wii Gaming: 4 p.m.
  • Family Movie: 5 p.m., popcorn provided


  • Lunch on the Lawn, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pizza Party, 3 to 4 p.m. (Duquesne only)
  • Career Month: 4:30 p.m., kids will learn about a different career each Wednesday in April
  • Make and Take: Lip Balms & Bath Bombs, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., free, but registration required at (412) 672-0625


  • Kids' Author Visit: 11 a.m., author Sydelle Pearl will visit and read with pre-K storytime kids
  • Knitting Club: 11 a.m.
  • Lunch on the Lawn: 2 to 3:45 p.m. (White Oak only)


  • Keynote Lecture, 6 p.m., Doug Oster

Originally published April 09, 2018.

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