Do you have questions? Please call Ms. Dani at 412-655-2424 or send an email to
We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, April 26, 2021

April showers bring May flowers...AND OUTDOOR STORYIME!!

***UPDATE: The start date of our Outdoor Storytime Series has been postponed to May 11. Sorry for any inconvenience.***

The weather is finally getting warmer, which means we're finally able to offer an outdoor in-person storytime!! We've missed in-person storytime and are willing to bet you have too! So grab a blanket or chair, put on your favorite face mask, and join Ms. Dani at the Pleasant Hills Arboretum every Tuesday, starting May 11, at 10:30 am for stories, songs, and fun!

**This program is weather permitting. **
**Check the Library's Facebook page for updates and cancellations.**

The Pleasant Hills Arboretum is located at 181 West Bruceton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please visit their website for more information:

Things to know:
-Masks are required for adults and children over 2.
-We'll be in the grass so please bring something to sit on (chairs/blankets/etc.)
-Parking is limited.
-Please consider wearing sunscreen and/or bug spray.

Questions? Contact Ms. Dani at

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Join the Winter Reading Challenge TODAY!

Libraries across Allegheny County have collaborated together to present a reading challenge for the whole family!

Find a cozy reading spot and see how much you can read or listen to
from January 1 until February 28, 2021!

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and challenge yourself to read some good books during the cold of winter! Log books, minutes, pages or days read and watch your points add up. All reading counts! All ages can participate! All participants throughout the county will have a chance to win one of 10 gift cards worth $25.

In addition to the county-wide prizes, Pleasant Hills participants will get a chance to win more amazing gift cards for local participants only! Also, your name will get added to a snowflake and displayed in our front windows! Take a winter stroll and see if you can find your name.

Sign up online with the Beanstack app or by going to
or call us at 412-655-2424 or e-mail at 
After you've registered, you can log your reading online or use this PAPER LOG

Questions? Give us a call at 412-655-2424 or email 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Best Books of 2020!

2020 has been a pretty rough year but there's still some things to celebrate - it's been a wonderful year for new books! Below is a roundup of lists featuring some of the best children's and young adult books that were published in 2020. 

The Library remains closed to the public but we are offering curbside pick-up for all materials. You can order books online HERE or call the Library at 412-655-2424 or email us at to get your order started! All pick-ups are currently happening inside our lobby, although if you need special assistance Library staff can bring items outside for you. 

Our current pick-up hours are:

Mondays 10 - 4    Tuesdays - Thursdays 10 - 8    Fridays & Saturdays 10 - 4

Brightly: best books of 2020 for babies and toddlers

Brightly: best picture books of 2020 for ages 3 - 5

Brightly: best books of 2020 for ages 6 - 8

Brightly: best books of 2020 for tweens (ages 9 - 11)

Brightly: best YA books of 2020

Buzzfeed: the best YA books of 2020

Guardian: the best children's books of 2020 for all ages

Horn Book: Fanfare 2020 annotations

Parents: 30 best children's books of 2020

School Library Journal: best book of 2020

Smithsonian Magazine: ten best children's books of 2020

Wall Street Journal: the best books of 2020: children's books

Monday, November 30, 2020

Reserve your Gingerbread House Decorating Kit TODAY!!!

UPDATEREGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS NOW CLOSED! We hope you were able to reserve your kit in time. We can't wait to see all the amazing creations you guys make! Please send photos of completed projects to OR post to our special Facebook group - Pleasant Hills Library Virtual Programming!


Monday, October 5, 2020

All Ages Art Contest!

Pleasant Hills Public Library is super excited to announce our All Ages Virtual Art Contest! 
Our monthly themes are:
October - Halloween Art
November - Food Art
December - Art with Lights

Each month, make some art based on our theme. Send us a picture (NOT the actual art) of your art via snail mail, email, or DM on Facebook of Instagram. Pictures will be posted on our Art Blog: and on Facebook.

All ages are welcome to participate! You can work along or in a group. This is great for families to do together!!

Submit your art today!!
Make sure to include your name, age, title of the piece, mediums used, and contact information!
302 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Show us some love!!


All donations made during September will be matched (up to $500) on a pro-rated basis, thanks to a generous grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation. 
You can make an online donation HERE to show your library love!

Make your own magical creature as part of our Love Your Library Stuffed Animal Fundraiser! Supplies are extremely limited so pre-order your creature today! Choose between Hailey Unicorn and Blaze Dragon, $20 each. When you pre-order your magical creature, you will receive a special video storytime link featuring Hailey Unicron's Magic Words by Tricia Main. Drop by the Library parking lot on Wednesday, September 30 between 5:00 - 7:00 pm* to build your magical creature into your new best friend! 

 Pre-order by filling out this form.
Return completed form with payment by mail OR by placing in our book drop.
You can also order and pay online by visiting HERE for BLAZE DRAGON 

*Masks and social distancing practices will be required. Weather permitting.

September is also National Library Card Sign-Up Month! 
You can sign-up for your own library card HERE.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Fall 2020 Virtual Programs and more!

Although the library building is still closed to the pubic, we’re still here for YOU! 

Our current services include: 
*Outside pick-up service of library materials 
*Mobile printing to the library’s printers
*Virtual programming for all ages w/some outdoors events 
*Free Wi-Fi that reaches outside of the library 
*Access to eResources:
*The Story Hike @ the PH Arboretum
*Pop-Up library in the parking lot (weather permitting on T-W-Th)

Library Staff are in the building and available to help during our listed business hours! 
Reach us at 412-655-2424 or

We're still finalizing the details for our special virtual programming, but we're excited to announce our monthly virtual programs coming Fall 2020 for children and their families! 

Click HERE to view a PDF with all our monthly Fall 2020 children's & family programs.

Tuesday Tales ~ Tuesdays, September 8—December 15 @ 1:30 pm
A NEW family storytime video will premiere every Tuesday, through December 15, on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for you to enjoy whenever works best for you! Ms. Dani will share stories, songs, rhymes, an early literacy tip or two, and offer a fun craft idea you can do with common supplies you have at home.

STEAM Stories ~ September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, November 11 & 25, and December 9 & 23 @ 5:00 pm
Join us after-school to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics through stories and fun activities with these fun bi-monthly videos premiering on the 2nd and 4th Monday through December on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Take-home kits for each video will be available while supplies last. To reserve a kit, please email Ms. Dani.

Classic Chapters ~ Saturdays, September 12—November 28 @ 1:30 pm
Sit back and relax as Ms. Dani reads aloud to you! We will be continuing our series with Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. A new chapter will be added every week on our Facebook page and YouTube channel that you can enjoy whenever works best for you!

PJ Family Storytime ~ Mondays, September 14, October 5, November 2 & December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Relax in your PJs while enjoying stories and songs in these fun family storytime videos premiering on our Facebook page and YouTube channel! Take-home craft kits will be available as supplies last. To reserve a kit, please email Ms. Dani.
     September 14—Love Your Library! 
     October 5—Batty for books! 
     November 2—Vote for books!
     December 7—Snowmen at night!

Zoom Book VS. Movie Club ~ Mondays, September 28, October 26 & November 30 @ 6:00 pm
Grab some snacks and join us on Zoom for a fun chat and a movie! Read a classic children’s book as a family then join us as we stream the movie adaptation. Afterwards, we’ll talk about what we liked and didn’t like, and most importantly, which was better! Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information. To register, please email Ms. Dani.
     September 28—Artemis Fowl 
     October 26—Escape to Witch Mountain 
     November 30—Holes 

Make sure to check our website & Facebook for service updates and additional programming!! 
More information about special programming coming SOON!

Friday, July 24, 2020

NEW Children's Items

With our closure from March - June due to Covid-19, our cataloging department has had to work overtime to get caught up with all our amazing new items. This list of new children's items is insane! It's over 12 pages long when printed out! There's sooooo many great titles, there's bound to be something for every young reader in your house! 

Click on a title to be taken to its catalog record where you can place a hold using the "request" button. You can also request ANY of these titles (OR any items inside the Pleasant Hills Public Library) for curbside pick-up! Call or email us to find out more!

Questions? Give us a call at 412-655-2424 or email 
We're here to help!

Due to the insane length of this amazing list, click "Read More" below to see the list in its entirety!