Kids Library Services

At-Home Activities

Although the USC Library is closed, your librarians have been working hard to develop activities based on the classes typically offered in the library.

Explore the e-resource BookFlix and enjoy a paired activity.  You will need your library card. 

April Showers   

Directional "Coding" with Hansel & Gretel       


Measuring Length   

Money "Cents"

Our Earth  

Spring is Here 

The Rainbow

Storytime Theater

Enjoy some videos of our favorite stories, narrated by Miss Deb!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

The Three Little Pigs

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sheep in a Jeep

Rhyme Time

Have fun learning some great rhymes with Miss Sheri!

Five Little Monkeys & Little Boy Blue

Five Little Bunny Rabbits & Hey, Diddle Diddle

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly & Little Miss Muffet

Jack & Jill

Hey Diddle Diddle

Humpty Dumpty


STEAM Activities for Kids

Miss Colleen will show you some STEAM activities you can do at home!

Name Creatures

Paper Airplanes & Paper Airplane Building Instructions

Aluminum Foil Sculptures

Building & Testing a Ramp









Play to Learn Center

Kids learn through play. Our special area for young children, babies through the kindergarten year, features educational toys and games for use in the library.

Our educational kits will help you to help your child develop the early literacy skills needed to learn to read.

Explore to Learn

School age kids are encouraged to investigate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities in our Explore to Learn Place on the Children's floor.


Classes & Events for Kids, Tweens, Teens & Families


We offer a wide range of free classes and events for kids.  Our five to six week class sessions are held seasonally throughout the year.

Preregistration is required for many of our programs and weekly classes. To ensure quality classes, limiting groups to a specific size is often necessary.

During kids' classes and programs, all caregivers are required to stay within the library building.

For more information, please check our current program brochure for class information and to find out what other special programs are available for your child.


Reading & Learning Programs

Our reading programs are designed to get kids reading, thinking and using the library. Kids and Teens can enjoy a variety of reading and learning programs throughout the year.  

Information will be posted as soon as it is available. Please visit for information on all library programs.











Summer Little Kids Learn

Summer Kids Learn

Kids Learn Bingo

Summer Teen Read

Teen Battle of the Books


View the Library Event Calendar to see all upcoming classes, programs and events.



The USC Library has recommended books for all ages and stages!

Visit the Library's Select Reads Landing Page to see all of the book lists, or click on the links below.

Guided Reading Levels Book List (Levels A-N)

A    B    C    D    E     F     G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N

Series & Sequels in the Library (Organized by Title)
0-10         A-C         D-G         H-K

L-O          P-S         T-W          X-Z

Books Boys Will Like (And Girls Too!)
Non-Fiction         Picture Books
Readers & Easy Chapter Books
Kids Novels         Teen Novels

Social & Emotional Growth Through Picture Books
Anger Management
Bedtime Issues
    Bravery     Bullying
Comfort Items     Compassion
Cooperation (Getting Along)     Creativity (Problem Solving)
Death     Eating Habits & Food
Fears     Feelings     Friendship
Helping     Listening
Manners     Medical Issues     Misbehavior
Respect     Responsibility
Safety     School     Self-Esteem
Sharing     Sibling Rivalry     Sportsmanship     Strangers
Trying Something New

Social & Emotional Growth Through Novels: Grades 4-7
Accepting One Another
Changing Friendships
Coping Through Tough Times
Dealing with Bullies & Teasing
Family Matters
Feeling Good About Yourself
Getting Along with Others
Making Good Choices
Mourning a Loss

What to Read When You're In BeTWEEN: Books for Tweens
Adventure     Animals
Historical Fiction     Humor
Real-Life (Fiction)
Scary & Supernatural     Sports     Science Fiction

Books for Kids (Who Think) They Hate to Read-Ages 7 to 14

Decodable Readers

Great Books for Fifth & Sixth Grade

Great Read-Alouds for the Entire Family

Moving On Up! to Chapter Books

Reading Road Trip: A Literary Trip Across the USA




& Location

Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Summer Sundays 

Holiday Hours

Accessibility contact for
the Library: Mr. Chris 
Gmiter, Director of
the Library at
412.831.9000 ext. 247

P. 412.835.5540
F. 412.835.6763

1820 McLaughlin Run Road  Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Comments or Questions?

Learning to Read

USC Library

Learning to Read: Tips for Parents

Learning to Read: Tips for Parents  is a scheduled one-on-one discussion with the children’s librarian to answer your questions about reading.

Learn activities that will help your young child get ready to read, tips for helping your beginning reader, and how to find books your child and teen will like. If you are interested, set up an appointment that works for you by stopping in the Library or calling the library and asking for the children’s floor. Plan to spend approximately one-half hour in the Library.