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Please note: the Peters Township Public Library will be offline on Monday, April 20, 2015 due to an upgrade of software used by the Circulation Desk. Library patrons must bring a valid WAGGIN library card in order to check out items. During this time there will be no renewals, holds/requests, access to the library catalog, patron look-ups, or fine payments. Patron computers on the second floor will still be available for patron use, and Wi-Fi will be available for those bringing their own devices. Thank you for your patience as we improve our library services!

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You are your best defense against identify theft! The first rule of Identify Protection – if you don’t need it, dispose of it … responsibly.

The Better Business Bureau will offer free on-site document destruction at the library on April 18. BBB volunteers will guide cars through a moving line, offload their disposable items, shred them on the spot and distribute goodie bags with educational ID theft and fraud prevention materials. Each vehicle may dispose of a maximum of 3 boxes / bags of paper-based materials.

For more information, please visit the Better Business Bureau or call 877.267.5222.

Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters and the Peters Township Public Library

Back by popular demand! The library, in cooperation with the Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters, will be hosting a photography contest. Three categories will be judged; photos of people, landscape, and animals. The 1st prize in each category will be $25.00; 2nd prize will be $10.00, and 3rd prize will be a certificate. All winners will receive a free one year membership to the Lensshooters.

Deadline for entries to be submitted is Friday, April 24, 2015. There is a $3.00 fee per entry and a maximum of three entries per person. Photographic prints must be no smaller than 5” x 7” and no larger than 8.5” x 11”. Prints may not be framed or mounted, and may be delivered to the library’s circulation desk. Each entry must have a completed entry form (available at the circulation desk) along with the $3.00 fee. Cash or checks will be accepted. Checks may be made out to: Friends of the Peters Township Public Library.

Winning photographs will be on display at the library from May 6 – 13. Entrants wishing to pick up their photographs may do so between May 14 - 20.

Click here for a copy of the rules and requirements for the photography contest. Click here for an entry form. For additional information, please contact Jim McNutt at

Contest restricted to amateur photographers. Members of Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters or their relatives are not eligible to participate.

Friday, April 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $5.00
Maximum: 5
Minimum age: 12
Presented by: Sue Gates, owner of Sew Much Fun

The library has acquired a Janome Sewist 500 sewing machine to help furnish our new Maker Space. Join us to learn some of the basic requirements needed to operate the machine, including how to properly thread the needle, how to wind and install a bobbin, how to access an assortment of decorative stitches and other basic operating procedures. Register at the library's circulation desk.

Friday, April 24, 2015
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 P.m.
Cost: $5.00
Maximum: 5
Minimum age: 12
Presented by: Sue Gates, owner of Sew Much Fun

The library has acquired a Janome 350E Memory Craft embroidery machine to help furnish our new Maker Space. Join us to learn some of the basic requirements needed to operate the machine, including how to properly thread the needle, what materials are needed to create a pleasing machine embroidered design, how to correctly hoop fabric and install the hoop on the machine, and other basic operating procedures. Register at the library's circulation desk.

2014 Taste of the Township

Save the date!
14th Annual
Friday, May 1, 2015
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Valley Brook Country Club
Cost: $50.00 per ticket

2014 Taste of the Township

Mark your calendar to reserve this date for an evening of fabulous food, live music, and unique auction items. Tickets will be available soon at the library's circulation desk. Proceeds benefit the Peters Township Public Library.

Promote your business by becoming a sponsor for this event or by donating an auction item. Please contact Margaret Verlato, TOT Committee Chairperson, at 724-942-0396 if you wish to become a sponsor or make a donation to our silent or Chinese auctions.


The Peters Township Public Library participates with the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to provide a limited number of Federal and State Tax forms for the convenience of our library patrons. As soon as tax forms/publications become available, we place them in our Tax Distribution Area located on the second floor of the library. We also offer AARP Tax-Aide Free Help for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Please visit our tax information page for more information.


America's News

The library is pleased to announce America’s News, our new digital newspaper collection. Included in the collection are current and archived issues of local newspapers including the Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as well as many other newspapers from across the country. Users may search, browse, print, save and e-mail articles from the full-text edition of newspapers offered. America’s News is located on our “Online Databases” page under the “Find Information” tab. The library is also now subscribing to the online edition of Consumer Reports,, also located at our Online Databases page. All resources on our Online Databases page are available 24/7 in the library as well as remotely.

You must have a valid library card to access our online databases. Please contact a Reference Department staff member if you need assistance accessing any of these sites.


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.


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:

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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