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Carol McCann Scott Fund for Children's Programming and Outreach

New endowment will enhance children's services and programs

During her lifetime, Carol McCann Scott was passionate about reading, writing and education. A new endowment established in her memory at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will enhance children's services in the communities closest to her childhood home in Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood.

The Carol McCann Scott Fund for Children's Programming and Outreach was established with a $200,000 gift from Dr. Allan G. Scott of Towson, Maryland. This generous tribute will help the Library provide literacy and educational outreach to children living in Pittsburgh's southern communities, with an emphasis on under-served areas and groups.

According to Dr. Scott, Carol learned to read before she started school, and she loved the libraries near her Lillian Street home. "She was very fond of the Library," he said. "She always talked about how the librarians would reserve books for her because they knew she would take care of them."

Carol's love of learning was central to her career. Upon graduating from Duquesne University, she embarked upon several career paths including work with the National Security Agency, a position as a weekly newspaper editor and a job with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. Combining her technical and editorial skills, she went on to edit trade publications in the medical field, including Medical World News and eventually owned her own publication business, specializing in the field of nursing.

"This endowment is a wonderful way to perpetuate the power that libraries have to transform lives," said Mary Frances Cooper, Library President and Director. "The Carol McCann Scott Fund will inspire our librarians to develop creative literacy programs that help our youngest users become lifelong readers and learners."

The endowment will support programs and activities provided by children's librarians from CLP locations in Knoxville, Carrick, Mt. Washington, Beechview, Brookline and South Side. Each year, income from the endowment will be available for programs that the staff feel will make the greatest difference for children, especially those in need of extra support. The guidelines are flexible, allowing staff to try new programs and approaches to reach children who otherwise might not have access to the Library.

Carol McCann Scott (on the far right), almost 5 years old, at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Knoxville in 1946. (Photo courtesy of the Scott Family.)

"I simply hope that some number of young children can pick up a love of reading and love of learning and it will give them pleasure, as well as help with their education and careers," Dr. Scott said.