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Dr. Samuel Hazo


When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Samuel Hazo

Join us as we welcome Dr. Samuel Hazo, founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum. Dr. Hazo will recite a sampling of his poetry dating from 1958 – 2013.

Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays. In 1993, Governor Robert Casey named Dr. Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet Laureate and he held this honor until 2003. Throughout his writing career he has explored themes of morality, love, passion, art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In 1972, his book Once for the Last Bandit was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to founding the International Poetry Forum he is also the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University.

Copies of his recently published books, And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 and Sexes: the Marriage Dialogues will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Light refreshments will also be available. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

Great Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do your part to have a “Green Halloween” this year and join us for the GO Green Club’s Great Halloween Costume Swap Day. Why purchase a new costume when you can swap instead and save resources, packaging, transportation costs, AND money?

On Thursday, October 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. OR Friday, October 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. drop off your used but in GREAT condition children's, teen or adult costumes at the library and get a ticket for the swap. Come back to the library on October 11 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with your ticket and shop for your swap. Watch for more details about this event in early September. Want to help with the Swap? Email to volunteer!

David Shumway


When: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: David R. Shumway, Author and Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

“All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars,” states David Shumway in his introduction to Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen. In his most recent book published September 2014, Shumway looks at rock icons including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. In his review of the book in the blog New Books, Marshal Zeringue writes David Shumway’s Rock Stars “Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.”

Rock Star During his presentation, Shumway will focus on how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music, concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He also will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music

David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

A book signing and reception will follow the program; books will be offered at a special price for the program. Click here to view a video of Professor Shumway discussing Rock Star. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



Learn the art of computer programming with our new Finch Robots available for checkout.

What is a Finch? A Finch is a small robot designed for computer science education for students as young as 8 years old. It was created after four years of study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The Peters Township Public Library is the first location in Pennsylvania to launch a program lending the Finch to adults with a library card in the WAGGIN (Washington and Greene Greater Information Network) system.

A Finch can quickly be programmed by a novice to say “Hello, World,” or do a little dance, or make its beak glow blue in response to cold temperature or some other stimulus. The robot includes temperature and light sensors, a three-axis accelerometer and a bump sensor. It has color-programmable LED lights, a beeper and speakers. With a pencil inserted in its tail, Finch can be used to draw pictures. It can be programmed to be a moving, noise-making alarm clock. It even has uses beyond a robot; its accelerometer enables it to be used as a 3-D mouse to control a computer display.

The library is offering ten Finches for circulation. Stop by the circulation desk to check one out soon!



The library has subscribed to Flipster, an online magazine service. Flipster offers full text access to 18 magazine titles (including Consumer Reports and People magazine) and is available 24/7 with no waiting times, overdue charges or limits on the number of issues checked out. You can view magazines through your Internet browser, or you can use the Flipster app to download and read digital magazines offline. Flipster is easy to use and will be available at the library’s website with our Digital Media collection. Contact the library with any questions about accessing Flipster.


Did you know that Kindles are available for check out at the Peters Township Public Library? The Kindles are frequently updated with new release best selling fiction titles! Each Kindle comes preloaded with books and includes a USB cable and adaptor for charging the device, instructions, and carrying case. Ten Kindles are available for loan, and like many other library materials, can be placed on hold and kept on loan for 2 weeks. To check out a Kindle, patron must be at least 18 years of age and show a valid library card and photo ID.

Enjoy 2015


The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the sale of Enjoy...2015 Coupon Books. The coupon books are available at the circulation desk for $30.00.  Proceeds benefit the library.


Looking for some new and delicious recipes? The good cooks at the library are offering 225 of their finest recipes in our first ever library cookbook. Buy one for yourself, or buy copies as gifts – all proceeds benefit the library! Recipes enticing and Delicious (R.E.A.D.) would make a terrific hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Do you need a gift for your pet sitter, beautician or manicurist? What about your child's teachers? Do you ned somethig for a grab bag? The answer to all of these questions is the same: R.E.A.D.! Support your award-winning Peters Township Public Library as you take care of many of your gift-giving needs.

Cookbooks are available at the library or by mail order. To purchase by mail, please send payment ($10.00 + $3.00 for shipping and handling) to: Friends of the Peters Township Public Library, 616 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Please also remember to include an address where you would like the cookbook shipped to.

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