Jane Werner

Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

One of the first free libraries built by Andrew Carnegie was located in Allegheny City, a short walk from the house where he’d lived as a boy after emigrating from Scotland. That library, with its music hall, was a Richardsonian Romanesque architectural landmark. It opened in 1890, and remained in operation until April 2006, when a lightning bolt swatted a decorative three-ton granite finial from the structure, causing $2 million in damage.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The 35-year-old Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh began in the old Allegheny Post Office, expanded to the Buhl Planetarium and will soon move into the stacks of the former Carnegie library. Executive director Jane Werner shared plans for the expansion and her belief that childhood and learning know no age limit. 

Later in the program, Homewood artist Vanessa German funneled her passion into a neighborhood space for kids to gather and create art of their own.