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Kids briefs: Carnegie Library event keeps reading hot in summer

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 14th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza will include music.

School may be out for the summer, but parents can keep their kids reading and even spark enthusiasm for it at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's 14th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, from noon to 5 p.m. June 8 at the main library campus and the outside lawn in Oakland.

Kids, teens and adults can enjoy science-related crafts, books and musical and theatrical performances. Kids can dance to Radio Disney, browse the book sale, get temporary tattoos and watch puppet shows. The event is free.

Details: 412-622-3114 or www.carnegielibrary.org

Kids can ‘(Re)Knit' bridge project

Kids can recycle and re-visit last year's “Knit the Bridge” art project from June 9 to 13 at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

The “(Re)Knit the Bridge” project, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the North Side museum, will let kids can take leftover fiber pieces from the project and give the colorful scraps a second life as weavings and other things.

Last summer's original knitting project brought together hundreds of Pittsburghers to knit colorful pieces to form a sweater for the Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge, and “yarn bomb” the bridge.

Activities are included with general admission of $13, and $12 for ages 2 to 18 and senior citizens.

Details: 412-322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org

Sweetwater takes a walk on ‘Wild Side'

Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley is hosting “Family Fun Day: Adventure to the Wild Side” on June 7.

At the free event, the rooms will become wonderlands of discovery, where kids can build big, wild structures using tinker toys, and feel what it's like to catch flies with a sticky frog tongue.

Kids also can turn into exotic creatures through face-painting.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is part of Sweetwater's Wild Things Awareness Campaign, featuring a “Wild Things” public art installation. The wild thing, by British artist Filthy Luker, has 30-foot inflatable tentacles.

Throughout the summer, Sweetwater will be hosting activities with a “Wild Things” theme, ranging from art classes to community events.

Details: 412-741-4405 or www.sweetwaterartcenter.org

Burrell Lake Park hosts Fishing Derby

On June 7, Burrell Lake Park will host a Kids' Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Tri-County Trout Club, the Lower Burrell Parks Commission and the American Legion Post 868.

The free derby is for kids up to age 15.

Every child registered will get a prize grab bag and lunch. The child who captures the biggest fish for each species will get prizes like fishing rods, tackle boxes and other fishing gear.

Loaner rods and nightcrawlers for bait are available while supplies last.

All kids will register from 7 to 9 a.m. derby day. Fishing runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and prizes will be awarded 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Details: 724-335-2679 or www.cityoflowerburrell.com

— Kellie B. Gormly

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