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2013 Peters Township Public Library Annual Report

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Providing Resources to Lifelong Learners

What's New

The library will be closed on Sundays throughout the summer and will resume normal Sunday hours (Noon - 4:00 p.m.) on Sunday, September 7.


The library now offers Freegal Movies & TV, a streaming video service that features thousands of films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download since the service is browser or app based. Users can stream three movies or TV shows per week. New content is added on a regular basis. First time users must register in person at the 2nd floor Reference Desk to begin using Freegal Movies & TV.

Potluck Dinner

Friday, August 1, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Peters Township Public Library GO Green Club and Cooking Club

The whole community is invited to celebrate the season’s bounty at our 5th Annual Local Foods Potluck Dinner – always a popular event! Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share made with locally grown foods or some samples from their home gardens. Bring along your recipe to share with the group. Click here to see a July 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the Potluck Dinner.

Registration is required by July 30 to attend the potluck dinner. Please register online at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430. For more information, email the GO Green Club at

Matt Friedman

Saturday, August 2, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Matt Friedman

Hong Kong resident and international anti-trafficking expert Matt Friedman will visit the library to speak about human trafficking – a global, multi-faceted human rights abuse that exists in virtually every country around the world including the United States. Human trafficking, which is also described as modern day slavery, is rapidly emerging as the 21st Century’s most prominent, pervasive, and complex human rights violation. Human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal industry affecting 27 million people worldwide and includes the recruitment, enslavement, and sale of children and adults for forced labor practices and sexual purposes. Mr. Friedman will also speak about the fight against human trafficking and counter-trafficking efforts.

Matt Friedman, an international traffic expert, has 23 years of experience as a counter-trafficking activist, fund-raiser, and program designer for raising awareness about human trafficking. Mr. Friedman served as Regional Project Manager for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking from 2006 – 2012. He designed and managed both country and regional counter-trafficking programs in Asia, helped to establish a counter-trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning films on human trafficking. In addition, Matt Friedman is frequently cited in the news media on issues related to human trafficking including CNN, BBC, SCMP (South China Morning Post), Economist, New York Times, Herald Tribune etc. and is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the world.

Mr. Friedman’s current initiatives include working with corporations, law enforcement agencies and others in the fight against human trafficking. He is also developing a school-based curriculum for educating students about this criminal activity. Click here to view his Tedx Talk. Click here to view a July 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about him.

This program is hosted by Peters Township Public Library and World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh with support for the 2014 International Program Series by McMurray Veterans of Foreign Wars POST 764.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come to the library and help save area patients by donating blood!

The need for blood products in our region is critical, especially with Labor Day approaching. The Central Blood Bank will be conducting a Blood Drive in the Peters Township Public Library's Multi-Purpose Room on August 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All participating donors will receive 2 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets to a future home game as a thank you (tickets will be mailed arfter the blood drive).

Appointments can be made by visiting Click on "Make an Appointment" and search for sponsor code C594. You may also call Alice at 412-209-7213. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Please remember to eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of fluids, and get a good night’s rest before donating. Also remember to bring a valid ID. Each donation helps save three lives! Click here to read about area patients.


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.

Every Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Peters Township High School Senior Roy Wang will offer tips on playing a great game of chess. All ages are welcome, beginners too! Register at the library’s circulation desk.


The Washington County Library Sytstem is conducting a brief survey to determine how to improve resources and services. Please take a few moments to fill out a survey form here. Thank you!


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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