Library Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project at Allegheny County Libraries

This summer, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Allegheny County Library Association to offer painting sessions for the Butterfly Project at libraries around the county. The Butterfly Project is a San Diego-based initiative that has set out to paint one ceramic butterfly for each of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust, and we are working to add to the count.

The Activity

Participants in the Butterfly Project will learn about children who died in the Holocaust and receive a card with the story of a specific child. The participants will then paint a butterfly, perhaps inspired by the story of that child. As we learn about children lost in the Holocaust, we will challenge the community to embrace difference and to fight against bigotry and intolerance happening now. We will also offer support to children and families in underserved areas of the city. The completed butterflies will be displayed in participating libraries as part of a city-wide exhibit, and there will also be a free end-of-summer celebration to bring together all participants in the project. There is no cost to participate in this program.

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Heinz Endowments and The Lipsman Family Endowment Fund in memory of Charles and Hilda Lipsman

Painting Schedule

Whitehall Public Library – Friday, June 15, 10 a.m.

Braddock Carnegie Library – Monday, June 18, 10 a.m

Moon Township Public Library – Wednesday, June 20, 10 a.m.

South Fayette Township Library – Friday, June 22, 10 a.m.

Baldwin Borough Public Library – Monday, June 25, 2 p.m.

Jefferson Hills Public Library – Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.

CLP – Hill District – Monday, July 2, 2 p.m.

F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library – Friday, July 6, 10 a.m.

Pleasant Hills Public Library – Monday, July 9, 2 p.m.

Wilkinsburg Public Library – Wednesday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library of McKeesport – Friday, July 13, 2 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon Public Library – Monday, July 23, 10 a.m.

Sewickley Public Library – Monday, July 23, 2 p.m.

Monroeville Public Library – Friday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Springdale Free Public Library – Friday, July 27, 2 p.m.

CC. Mellor Memorial Library – Monday, July 30, 2 p.m.

CLP – Beechview – Friday, August 3, 10 a.m.

Bridgeville Public Library – Friday, August 3, 2 p.m.

Upper St. Clair Public Library – Monday, August 6, 10 a.m.

Clairton Public Library – Monday, August 6, 2 p.m.

Northern Tier Regional Library – Wednesday, August 8, 10:30 a.m.

Sharpsburg Library – Friday, August 10, 10 a.m.