About the Children's Department

The Children's Department is a place for FAMILIES! In 2009 we were designated a "Family Place Library"! Family Place is a national initiative that expands the traditional role of children's library services by supporting the family and you, the parent, as your child's first and most important teacher.

The Children’s Department is a place for MEETING & HANGING OUT! When you come to the Children's Department you will notice a "Welcome" corner when you first enter the department. This area has a comfy couch, a play rug, and toys and puzzles to play with while you are here.

The Children's Department is a place for FUN & LEARNING! There is a play area, a Makerspace, ELS computers, LaunchPads, Internet access computers, a Game Corner with board, card, & block games to play, and of course, all the books you can read.

We welcome the opportunity to serve children of all abilities. If you require a program to be signed for the hearing impaired, please call at least 48 hours in advance so arrangements can be made. The library has a stroller-and-wheelchair-friendly ramped entrance, and the Children's Department is accessible by stairs or elevator. Stop by, or call us at 724-222-2400, ext. 235, for more information!


Stories, games, science, songs, a bit of everything! Sessions run in the spring and the fall. Call to sign up or for more information



A playgroup for children ages 1-3 and their families, featuring many special toys and crafts, and learning opportunities. Sessions run in the winter and spring. Call for more information.



Summer Quest is a great summer learning program with reading, science, and experiential elements. Activities are available for all ages.

Reading and Activity logs are available for all ages.

Programs run June 17-July 26 (no programs the week of July 4)

Tuesday 11-12 Kids' Days (grades 1-6)

Wednesday 6-7 Family Nights (all ages)

Thursday 11-12 Toddler Block Party (18 months- 3 years) and Summer Story Hour (ages 3-5)

Call for more information.



Citizens Library was chosen to partner with WQED, the local PBS station. As partners, we host many fun PBS character themed programs, and events throughout the year.


Drop in the Children’s Dept. on Fridays for TGIF: “Tinkering, Games, Ideas, and Fun”.  All supplies, materials, and directions for a different activity, craft, game, or puzzle each week will be set up in the Children’s Dept. for anyone who stops in on Fridays.  This is not a set program, but a DIY event throughout the day.  Each activity will be self-guided; younger children must have an adult with them.

Monthly Chess Club

Monthly Chess Club is back on the first Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted on the event calendar), 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Learn to play, or learn some strategies to play better!  Chess Club is open to all ages, including adults, and all levels of play.


LEGO Club will not meet in June or July due to summer programs.


LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.  The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets.

"Brenda Evans Reading Corner"

Brenda Evans was our dear friend and colleague who passed away in March 2011. Because of the generosity and kindness from our friends and patrons, there is a new reading area in the Children's Department, and a new collection of books about the important people and issues in African-American history. Stop in the Children's Department to check out the "Brenda Evans Reading Corner" and the new "Brenda Evans Black History Collection." Take time to sit and read a book (or two) in the comfy chairs, and pass on the joy of reading and the gift of a good story to the children in your life...Brenda would be so pleased!