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Youngsters 'digging' reading at Scottdale library

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:06 p.m.
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Children enjoy a visit from Pittsburgh Mad Science.
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Students partake in outdoor activities in the Reading Garden.
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Dinosaur Detectives from Carnegie Science Center visit the library.
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Martha Oliver of the Primrose Path teaches a little plant science.

Area children are enjoying a summer packed with educational and entertaining activities this summer at the Scottdale Public Library.

The library follows the national summer reading theme of “Dig into Reading!”

A theme is developed each year from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which surveys Pennsylvania librarians about the possibilities.

Children from pre-school through teens have had a variety of activities from which to choose. Children have read 1,720 books so far this summer.

Crowd favorites included visits from the Dinosaur Detectives from the Carnegie Science Center, Will from Mad Science of Pittsburgh, and Kelly Most, Southmoreland Primary Center autistic support teacher.

Patti Miller, library director, is thrilled with the programs offered this year. “(Children's director Rhonda) Allison has done an outstanding job and her programs rival those of libraries of a much larger population,” Miller said. “Of particular importance is the children have been introduced to science in a fun and engaging way.”

Miller said “attendance has gone through the roof” and she happy with the addition of the teen programming.

Karen Stefl, retired librarian from Southmoreland High School, has run the teen program. “She is just fantastic,” Miller said, “The kids have really enjoyed their time with Mrs. Stefl.”

Miller reminded if the library flag flies at Loucks Park Kathy Barcovtch is there to read a story. There also is a movie at 3 p.m. Thursdays.