Library, Pirates teaming up to help kids with summer reading

Carnegie Library giving teaming up with Pittsburgh Pirates to give away 1,600 books

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is partnering with other area organizations, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, to help students stay on track with their summer reading.

The library has a summer reading program every year to encourage reading during the out-of-school months, but this year has been so different, the library has had to change its approach. Along with the Pirates, the organizations gave away 1,600 books this summer.

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“It will give them a sense that the library still cares about them and is still there for them and remind them that reading is super important to keep up their skills and abilities,” librarian Lisa Dennis said. “If we can limit or even eliminate that summer slide, kids go back to school ready to start the next year’s work rather than having to spend a month or more reviewing last year’s academic content.”

Library officials said the goal is to keep the program going for the rest of the summer.

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