Concerned that parents and kids in our Family Literacy program would miss the daily comfort of story time, program manager Caitlin Griffiths launched a YouTube channel and reached out to partners and local celebrities to record themselves reading books. "Both parents and children truly love this part of the day!" Caitlin explains. "Our guest readers give our families a chance to engage in literacy activities while at home."
Our library is currently at 45 stories and features Second Lady of PA Gisele Fetterman, KDKA-TV News Anchor Ken Rice, and Radio and TV Personality Shelley Duffy, along with guest readers from The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Mission Continues, Mt. Lebanon and Baldwin-Whitehall school districts, South Hills Interfaith Movement, and Jefferson Regional Foundation, among many others. We invite you to share the channel with the little ones in your life. If you are interested in being a guest reader, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Caitlin also compiled a fun list of at-home activities you will only find in Pittsburgh!
Pittsburgh Zoo cheetah camera
Pittsburgh Zoo penguin camera
Heinz History Center virtual tour
Peters Township Library Hogwarts digital escape room
Carnegie Museum of Natural History museum from home
Carnegie Science Center Read, Watch, Do
Cookie Wishes cookie decorating kits
Fiori’s DIY Pizza kits
The Pie Place DIY Baked Goods, changes day-to-day. (e.g. cake pops, cinnamon rolls, sunflower cupcakes, cake push-ups)
Sugar and Spice DIY sundae kits, cookie kits, or candy kits
DiAnoia’s Eatery pasta boxes
Spoonwood Brewery DIY pizza kits
Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 5,100 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, English as a second language, basic skills, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction, along with referrals to other family support organizations. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.