Little Free Libraries (LFL) are “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. A LFL is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The One Northside Education Strategy Team — consisting of Northside community members — wanted to develop a project that demonstrates that the Northside is a community where reading and writing are valued by children, youth and adults. The LFL project was designed to demonstrate this spirit. We now have a Little Free Library in Allegheny West, on the 900 block of Beech Avenue. We invite you to take book to enjoy and bring your old books to us! Happy reading!
Little Free Libraries (LFL) are “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a LFL is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The One Northside Education Strategy Team — consisting of Northside community members — wanted to develop a project that demonstrates that the Northside is a community where reading and writing are valued by children, youth and adults. The LFL project was designed to demonstrate this spirit.
The LFL project is underway with students at Pittsburgh Brashear and Pittsburgh Perry building and decorating LFLs. We are now ready to donate these LFLs to one pilot site in each of our 18 Northside neighborhoods in hopes of cross-community engagement and easier book access. If you host a library you’ll be responsible for:
- Maintenance/repairs to Little Free Libraries
- Installation of Library
Note: Tad did check with the HRC and Zoning and as long as the libraries aren’t attached to a house or fence, zoning and permitting consider them a mailbox so they don’t require any special permitting etc.
We’re Halfway There
There’s still time to lead a $1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor project.
We’ve set a goal to support 50 Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects this year and we’re just about halfway there. What will you do with your Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant?
Want to host a community clean up or neighborhood gathering? Have a big idea that you want to test out? Neighbor-to-Neighbor $1,000 grants support small projects on the Northside – and we’re accepting applications through August 5th.
Anyone that lives or works on the Northside is eligible to apply for a Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant from The Sprout Fund and use $1,000 to make the Northside the place to live, work and learn.
SUBMIT YOUR $1,000 GRANT REQUEST BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th
Manchester Growing Together Garden
Documentary Screening on Tuesday, August 2nd.
Manchester Growing Together Garden is celebrated as a model of environmental stewardship, juvenile justice remediation and community service involvement.
Learn more and meet project leader Lisa Freement at a free screening of the documentary Manchester Growing Together at City of Asylym on Tuesday, August 2nd from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30pm (pre-session at 7:00pm)
- 7:00 – 7:30 – Jim Pashek
- Visitor: Carnegie Science Center
- Visitor: Finalize Buhl Grant Outcomes/Next Steps
- New Neighbors
- Treasurer’s Report & Finalize Budget
- Housing and Planning Updates
- Western Ave
- Light of Light
- AWDC Updates: 928 Western
- Property: 806 Western Improvements
- Ways and Means
- Final report about the Wine Tour
- Christmas Tour
- Babb volunteer day: July 14, all welcome
- Membership Events
- Corn roast in September
- Mixer: Friday, July 15 at the Modern Cafe
- 50 Anniversary: Alleys, Axles and Ales
- Committee Q&A
Take the lead in your community with this one-time opportunity
In support of the One Northside initiative, The Sprout Fund is offering grants of up to $5,000 to launch new and creative ideas for improving the quality of place, education, or employment on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
That’s right: $5,000 to make your community even better.
Northside residents, community groups, nonprofits, and collaborative teams are encouraged to apply. Past Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects are also welcome!
Submit your One Northside Innovation grant application!
DEADLINE: Monday, July 18th
Sunday, June 19th | 2:00-5:00pm
Outdoors in Northview Heights
533 Mt Pleasant Road, 15214
Free and Open to the Public!
This Sunday, Northview Heights hosts another Northside Block Party with performers Lee Robinson & ISKA, Kai Roberts and The Royal Divas. Hotdogs, snacks, and drinks will be provided compliments of the Northview Heights Citizens Council.
This mini-arts festival celebrates the valuable resources and local identities of Northside neighborhoods. Come check out these free events, including:
- A mobile stage from Flyspeck Productions
- Food and refreshments courtesy of Northview Heights Citizens Council
- Stories about the neighborhood are being collected onsite by The Saturday Light Brigade
- Hands-on activities with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
- Public art with AIR: Artists Image Resource
- Historical photos courtesy of Allegheny City Historic Gallery
- Grow Pittsburgh will preview plans for a Northview Heights garden
- The Storymobile from Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh will be giving out free books
- Games from City of Play
For more info about future events, check out www.BlockPartyPGH.com.
New Funding Opportunity
Innovation Grants offer up to $5,000 to improve the quality of place, education, and employment on the Northside!
One Northside Innovation Grants will support creative approaches to One Northside focus areas by providing support for new, small-scale project ideas from individuals, nonprofits, and collaborative teams.
Applications for this one-time opportunity are due by Monday, July 18th!
Submit your request for $1,000 to support a community-led project in your neighborhood!
How would you use $1,000 to make an impact in your community? Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants from The Sprout Fund provide $1,000 to support small-scale projects led by Northside residents.
Submit your application by Friday, June 3rd to be considered in the next funding round!
June Info Sessions
Attend any one of these upcoming neighborhood info sessions to learn about One Northside funding opportunities from The Sprout Fund:
Monday, June 6 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Register to attend
Monday, June 13 | 5:30 pm to 8:0 0pm
Max’s Allegheny Tavern
537 Suismon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Register to attend
Monday, June 27 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Allegheny City Brewing
507 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Register to attend
Join your friends and neighbors at Heinz Field on June 1st
Since 2014, thousands of Northsiders have participated in a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life in all 18 neighborhoods of the Northside.
Come on out and celebrate everyone’s contributions to the One Northside initiative and look ahead to more opportunities on Wednesday, June 1st at Heinz Field.
When: Wednesday, June 1 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Heinz Field, East Club, 100 Art Rooney Ave
Hello Allegheny West!
Thanks for signing up to participate in planning for the Northside Neighborhood Connections trail. We’re excited to invite you to participate in an event we have coming up this month for Northsiders to help determine routes for the trail, enjoy snacks, and meet neighbors. There are two dates and locations to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.
Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30 pm
Locust Grove Shelter in Riverview Park (see map here)
Directions: From Perrysville Avenue in Observatory Hill, turn onto Riverview Avenue. At the stop sign, veer left to stay on Riverview Avenue. Continue around the park until you see the Locust Grove sign on your right, a small parking area on the left, and steps down to the shelter through the trees on the right. Handicap and bike accessible through a driveway past the stairs. Bicycles can be parked by the shelter.
Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 pm
McKnight Playground in Manchester (see map here)
Directions: From North Avenue and Brighton Rd, continue west towards Manchester on North Avenue. After six blocks, turn left on Fontella Street, and take an immediate right on Page Street. We will be set up by the playground. Bicycles can be locked inside the fence.
Please RSVP to email@example.com. More information on the project can be found here. If you are unable to attend the meetings but want to learn more and have the opportunity to give feedback, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 361-2099 x3.
Looking forward to meeting with you again!
Project Manager, GTECH