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Library Butterfly Exhibit

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

On the weekend of August 25-26, we will be celebrating 23 area libraries that worked with us to memorialize children lost in the Holocaust by participating in the Butterfly Project. We will watch the award-winning documentary, Not the Last Butterfly, and audiences will meet the co-founder and director of the project, Cheryl Rattner Price.  Learn more and register.

On Saturday night, we will have a temporary exhibit displaying all pieces created by and for 23 area libraries together. The gallery will also be open to view these on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 27 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Wednesday, August 29 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Friday August 31 (10am-2pm)
  • Wednesday, September 5 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Friday, September 7 (10am-2pm)
  • Wednesday, September 12 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Friday, September 17 (10am-2pm)

After the 17th, the pieces will be distributed to the participating libraries.

The Butterfly Project at Allegheny County Libraries

Learn more and register for the final event, “Not the Last Butterfly” Screening


This summer, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh partnered 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 of all ages in the Butterfly Project learned about children who died in the Holocaust and received a card with the story of a specific child. The participants then painted a butterfly, inspired by the story of that child. As they learn about children lost in the Holocaust, we will challenge the community to embrace difference and to fight against bigotry and intolerance happening now. 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.


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.