Parent & Teacher Collection
The library has a variety of parenting and teaching materials. They are located in the children’s department and cover a range of topics such as child-rearing, teaching aids, child psychology, and literacy. In addition, we have special collections which may be useful for classroom and home use, including our storytime and book club kits and world language section.
Classroom Cooperation & Outreach
We collaborate with local early childhood educators, providing visits to preschools to share stories, check out books to children and loaning librarian-selected picture book bags for classrooms and centers. We also work with the West Allegheny Schools visiting classes to share great books and resources and to promote library events such as summer reading. We are happy to come to any classroom for an age-appropriate presentation or to speak to parent groups or educators about literacy, book selection, or curriculum support.
We are always interested in working with teachers to ensure that we have enough material to support research and reading assignments. If you are a teacher with an upcoming assignment, please complete the Assignment Alert Form so we are prepared for your students. We can also help you introduce great books to your students by preparing collections of materials relevant to your curriculum. With two weeks notices, our Youth Services staff will prepare a collection of titles that can be used in your classroom. The library can also accommodate group visits for classes, homeschool students, and scouts. Please contact the Youth Services Department at (724) 695-8150 to schedule a visit or for more information.
Reading is the key to every child’s future success. Getting a library card is an important step. Encourage your students to sign up for a public library card. Library cards are free to all residents of Allegheny County and valid for three years. A library card gives your students borrowing privileges at any library in Allegheny County, full access to our catalog and the library’s collection of Research Databases, and unlimited checkouts from the Western Allegheny Community Library. Any child under the age of 15 will need a parent or guardian’s signature to apply for a library card. Your students may begin the application online or ask for a registration form at the library front desk.
Check out these lists of age-appropriate, award-winning materials available in our library:
Carolyn W. Field Award
Carolyn Wicker Field dedicated her life to advancing children’s literature and the powerful role that libraries play in the lives of youth. Since 1983, Pennsylvania Library Association’s Youth Services Division has recognized the best book for youngsters by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator with the Carolyn W. Field Award. View past award recipients.
Best Books for Babies
An early literacy program serving families in the Pittsburgh area, Best Books for Babies is a cooperative project of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Fred Rogers Company, and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children. The Best Books for Babies Committee strives to identify books that will delight and engage both babies and the adults who care for them.