Hey mister, you need a key

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by Diana Nelson Jones/Jan 19

Kids know that adults sometimes say things to tide everyone over without really meaning what they say -- not for the long term, anyway. They learn early that we adults are adept practitioners of disingenuity.

Not to cast aspersions on the city's $600,000 to help the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh put off library closures this budget year. But just in case that's a Band-Aid that won't hold, a group of book-loving kids in Lawrenceville are putting their weight behind their branch on Fisk Street with a hot cocoa sale and key-making workshop Saturday.
Molly Stephany said her sons and their friends decided that everyone should have a key to the library, so they are making crafty keys for sale as commemorative metaphors for what never happens in the adult world.

If you have some old keys that don't unlock anything you need to unlock anymore, you might want to carry them to the branch and decorate them and let someone sponsor them to raise more money.
The event at the branch at 279 Fisk St. is from 10 to 11.30 a.m. All donations, for cocoa and keys, will go to the library. (The keys will stay at the library as a reminder of what great doors childlike hope and ideas can unlock.)
Walkabout is asked to thank Martha Ressler, Lindsay Woge (Fresh Heirlooms), Give Girls Tools, Lynn Lewandowski and Anne Lee for helping. And we tip our hat to the young braintrust - Oliver Moore, Olivia Rautio, and Oliver and Eliott Stephany.


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