Whitehall Reads the Good Neighbor

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The Whitehall Public Library will kick off National Library Week by launching its second community read campaign. This year’s title, “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King

When asked about the choice, library director Paula Kelly said, “When thinking about an appropriate title, one of the first things I thought about was the Tree of Life tragedy that struck our city last October—and how that unspeakable act of hate literally occurred in Mister Rogers’ neighborhood. It felt appropriate to select a book about the man who spent his life championing friendship, acceptance and love across racial and religious divides, and who raised his family in the Squirrel Hill community. Fred Rogers’ wisdom and the example of his life are both inspiring and aspirational, so the timing felt right.”

“Whitehall Reads the Good Neighbor” also involves a slate of very special library programs. Programs not only will celebrate Mister Rogers and the selected biography, but also will celebrate Pittsburgh neighborhoods and what it means to be a good neighbor.

Upcoming events:

“Painting the Neighborhood,” a visit with artist Ron Donoughe” on May 16 at 6:30 pm- REGISTER TODAY!

“The Good Neighbor,” a talk with author Maxwell King on May 21 at 7 p.m – REGISTER TODAY!

“Hello Neighbor!” : A Pittsburgh Picnic Party on June 1 from 11:30 to 2:00 – No Registration required, first-come, first-served!