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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Continues Plans for North Side Summer Reading Program

Press Contact: Suzanne M. Thinnes
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-688-8609 (fax)
412-491-6889 (cell)

For Immediate Release

(PITTSBURGH, PA - May 26, 2006) North Side residents will be able to register for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Allegheny Regional's Summer Reading Program online and visit with their favorite librarians at various neighborhood locations until an interim library space is found. Library officials closed the Allegheny Regional location at 5 Allegheny Square indefinitely due to extensive damage and are working with the City of Pittsburgh to begin the repair process on the building.

Children's and Teens' Librarians are providing outreach services to schools and children's groups who depend on the library. The Library's summer reading program will continue on schedule, with customers able to register for the program online beginning June 11th at or at other library locations. Summer reading activities will go on as planned via neighborhood camp groups and other library locations.

Librarians have visited area schools to discuss summer reading and will make routine visits to area Head Start programs, downtown daycare facilities and are scheduled at two day camps - Alliance Church on East Ohio Street and Trinity Lutheran on West North Avenue. Customers are encouraged to call 412.237.1890 or 412.237.1982 to locate the closest summer reading program.

To prepare for interim space, library officials are evaluating available commercial property that would have the square footage to accommodate its services and activities, the floor stability to withhold the heavy weight of library materials, easy accessibility, and be ADA compliant. While several properties have been offered and considered, no locations have been found that meet all of these needs. The Library continues to work with the City of Pittsburgh, who retains ownership of the building, and applicable insurance carriers to develop reconstruction planning and costs.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"Free to the People" since 1895

Established as a public trust in 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the citizens of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County with a distinguished history of leadership among the country's great public libraries. Through its Main Library, 17 neighborhood locations and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the region's most visited asset, welcoming over 2.2 million customers last year. Each year the Library provides more than 6,000 free programs, classes and other learning and training opportunities that are tailored to meet the dynamic and diverse needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania.