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.

Your child will find activities which foster imagination, pre-literacy skills, math skills and eye-hand coordination.

The next time you visit, let your child select a kit for the two of you to explore together.

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.  Here's just a few of the activities you'll find: dinosaurs to build, x-rays of human and animal skeletons, a Fisher Price Code-A-Pillar, electric circuits that can turn on lights, make sounds, and make things move, K'nex, Goldie Blox, and magnifying glasses to look at real bugs and butterflies. 

Recommended Apps for Kids

Recommended Websites for Kids

Classes and Events

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.

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.

Fall Classes & Events for Kids and Families

Reading Programs

Our reading programs are designed to get kids reading. We offer programs in the winter when kids spend a lot of time indoors and during the summer when school is not in session.   Information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Summer Reading Program for Kids

Summer Teen Read

Winter Reading Program

3rd Grade Battle of the Books

4th Grade Battle of the Books

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


Recommended Reading - Check Out Some of these Selected Reads!

USC Library has great books for all grade levels!

Kindergarten                   First Grade

Second Grade                Third Grade

Fourth Grade                 Fifth & Sixth Grade

Books Boys Will Like (And Girls Too!)

Books for Kids (Who Think) They Hate to Read

Great Read Alouds for the Entire Family

Moving On Up! to Chapter Books

Social & Emotional Growth Through Novels: Grades 4-7

What to Read When  You're In BeTWEEN




& 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: Mrs. Helen Palascak, 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.