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What's New Meredith Grelli

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Meredith Grelli, co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey

American Whiskey was born in Pittsburgh and the city’s history – from frontier town to industrial center – was shaped by whiskey. At this program you will learn how Pittsburgh made America’s original drink and how Wigle Whiskey, the city’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, is bringing our heritage back home.

Meredith Grelli is co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey. When she’s not at the distillery, she teaches New Product Development in Chatham University’s Food Studies Program. Before Wigle, Grelli worked in brand management at the Heinz Company, went to business school at Carnegie Mellon University, cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, worked in Urban Redevelopment efforts and studied urban history at the University of Chicago.

Whiskey Insurrection Wigle Whiskey is named for a good-natured gentleman who was sentenced to hang for his unsinkable love of whiskey. In 1794, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector. He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops. Wigle Whiskey is working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by these rebellious distillers. They make spirits much the same way Phillip Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey – with a copper pot and fresh local, organic ingredients.

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 3rd grade and up (parents welcome)
Limit: 6 children
Presented by: Jessica Miller

Have you taken a Finch robot out of the library, but could not figure out where to start? Then sign up for our Finch Robot Workshop. We will learn the basics of controlling the robot; including making it move, light up and buzz. In addition, we will look at using some of the sensors to allow the Finch to make decisions on its own about what to do next. Students should bring a laptop with a USB port on it to class. Please install Snap! and Java on your laptop before the class. If you need help installing either program, please stop by the reference desk at 1:30.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us at the library for this family friendly event featuring dancers from the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company & School (PYBCO). Come listen to the adventures of Clara, Mouse King and the Nutcracker! Children will enjoy meeting favorite characters, make a craft, and color a masterpiece for a chance to win performance tickets for PYBCO's Nutcracker on December 5,6 or 7! For more information about the school, please visit

Register for this program online, at the Children's Reference Desk or call 724-941-9430.



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.



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!


Tickets for Washington Symphony Orchestra concerts are now available at the library. Tickets will be available one month prior to the concert. Unless otherwise noted, all regular season concerts take place at Trinity High School and start promptly at 8:00 p.m. Upcoming concerts include:

Sunday, December 7, 2014: Ho Ho Ho with the WSO (3:00 p.m. matinee performance)

Saturday, February 14, 2015: Love Hurts

Sunday, March 8, 2015: Up Close and Personal (3:00 matinee performance; tickets are $10.00 and sold only online or at the door. Location is the First Baptist Church, Wheeling & College Sts., Washington, PA)

Saturday, May 2, 2015: For Honor and Glory! Tickets are available at the library, online at, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS. Tickets are also available at Washington Financial bank braches and Citizens Library. Tickets are $22.00 per adult (ages 18-64), $17.00 for youth (grades K - 12), and $17.00 for seniors (ages 65+). Season tickets are on sale now at a signficant discount by going to or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.

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