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A complete and detailed list of adult scheduled programs is on this page. Read this month's brochure for a list of featured programs in all departments scheduled this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Emancipation Cartoon

Exhibit: Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War

August 30 - September 27

This exhibit explores the Civil War and issues of slavery through political cartoons depicting Abraham Lincoln and his policies. The cartoons are vividly biting and invite the viewer to put aside 21st century assumptions and look at events through the eyes of people living in the era. As Americans continue to debate the legacy of slavery, these cartoons provide a historical reference for current events.

This exhibit comes to the library courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Fall Animal Fair, Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fall Animal Fair

Saturday, September 24, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Love animals? Join us as we celebrate our animal friends at the library. Check out and/or adopt a new pet friend, learn about pet care and all things pet related. We'll be visited by local shelters, vets, trainers, stores and more. Prizes and giveaways for you and your animal friend! Please bring a pet supply donation for the Washington County Humane Society, our local shelter. Fun for the whole family!

 


READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

September 21, 2016: Planning Meeting

October 19, 2016: Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

November 16, 2016: Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser

The Afternoon Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for more information.


EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

September 14, 2016: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

October 12, 2016: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

November 9, 2016: Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

December 14, 2016: I'll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes

January 11, 2017: Station Eleven by Emily St. John

February 8, 2017: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix

March 8, 2017: Planning Meeting

April 12, 2017: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

May 10, 2017: Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

June 14, 2017: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

July 12, 2017: Aftertaste: a Novel in Five Courses by Meredith Mileti

August 9, 2017: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Evening Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for more information.

 


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

August 30, 2016: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

September 27, 2016: Gone, But Not Forgotten by Philip Margolin

October 25, 2016: Desperate by Daniel Palmer

November 29, 2016: Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

January 31, 2017: Accused by Lisa Scottoline

February 28, 2017: Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

The Mystery Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call Peter Stamoolis at 724.941.9430 ext. 5767 for more information.


PROGRAMS

STAYCATION MOVIE NIGHT: IN CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

When: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, we will be screening the first installment of Ken Burn's riveting six-part documentary about the National Parks. We'll be showing the remaining five episodes on the following Thursday dates: September 15, 22, October 6, 13, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Register for the September 1, 2016 program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


An Evening with Lincoln

AN EVENING WITH LINCOLN

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Richard Miller

Please join us as we welcome Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, as he shares stories and anecdotes from his presidency and his earlier years. Abraham Lincoln invites you to bring your questions as he likes to interact with his audience. Richard Miller shares his impression of Abraham Lincoln as a survivor of his Assassination in order to have a conversation with Lincoln - similar to Mel Brooks and the "2000 Year-Old Man".

Richard Miller is a member of the Association of Lincoln presenters and portrays Lincoln several times a year at parades, fairs, and other events. He is a former mine inspector and earned his degree in Geology from Pennsylvania State University. He began impersonating Abraham Lincoln at the invitation of a school teacher who invited him to speak at her class. Miller is an avid reader of books on Abraham Lincoln and finds Lincoln to possess an outstanding sense of humor. "Humor is the lubricant of the soul" is one of Rick Miller's favorite Abraham Lincoln quotations.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War. This exhibit will be at the library August 30 - September 27 and comes to the library courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Please call the library's circulation desk at 724.941.9430 to see if any spaces still remain to register for this program.


SUNDAE SUNDAY WITH TRIVIA ON TOP

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 in Café Lee

Remember Saved by the Bell, Backstreet Boys, Furbies and dancing the Macarena ? Break out those stirrup leggings and neon colors for an afternoon of flashbacks as we quiz your 90’s pop culture knowledge. This program is designed for Millennial adults in their 20s and 30s, but all adults are welcome to join the fun. Ice cream with all the fixings will be provided! We will be using Kahoot! – a fun, fast-paced game platform played on any mobile device. Space is limited for this new program Register at the Circulation Desk or call 724.941.9430.


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Jayeann Harr, Education Access Partner with PHEAA

Significant changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year. To help students and parents understand how the changes will affect filing for federal financial aid and possibly how much aid they will receive, the Peters Township Public Library will partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to offer this informative program.

With the new process, families will be able to begin completing the FAFSA on October 1, rather than January 1. This change more closely aligns the financial aid application process with the admission application process. In order to accommodate this earlier filing schedule, the FAFSA will collect income information from two years prior to the academic year rather than the previous year.

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


HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS

Duration: 4 sessions
Dates:

Wednesdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. (meet at the library and go to alternate location for photos
Minimum: 6
Maximum: 15
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Jim McNutt, Observer Reporter photojournalist for 45 years and former Adjunct Professor at Washington & Jefferson College for 22 years.

Grab your camera and head to the library to learn how to take great pictures. You will learn how to see photo possibilities, compose better images, and how to use your camera more effectively. Jim McNutt's work can be viewed at www.facebook.com/jim.mcnutt.photos. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk.
Dr. Elaine Frantz Parsons

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE CAREWORN, GENTLE FACE OF WARTIME VIOLENCE

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Elaine Frantz Parsons

Political cartoons, like other popular media, often focused on the person of Abraham Lincoln as a way to think about the inconceivable violence of the Civil War. Depicted as a calm, rational man, slow to anger, physically strong yet ungainly and nonthreatening, Lincoln came to serve as a sign of the controlled and patient wisdom of the north, as opposed to the aggression of the south. As a plain "man of the people", his was the common sense of the common man. This made the fact that he controlled a capacity for violence unknown to the nation seemingly less troubling. This talk will discuss how the figure of Lincoln mediated discussions of violence during the war.

Dr. Elaine Frantz Parsons is an associate professor of history at Duquesne University. Her most recent book, Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan in the Reconstruction Era, was published in January, 2016. She is currently working on a labor history of hired violence workers.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War. This exhibit will be at the library August 30 - September 27 and comes to the library courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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


STEEL CITY GROOVES: CELEBRATING PITTSBURGH'S JAZZ LEGENDS

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic: An audio-visual biographic sketch of Johnny Costa (1922-1996), an important contributor to jazz with Western PA roots
Presented by: Max Gonano and/or Judith Sutton, Senator John Heinz History Center

When you think of jazz towns in America, New Orleans and New York are obvious choices that come to mind, but Pittsburgh also has played an important role in the evolution of jazz – often called the one true American art form. In these cities, music thrives; performers are born and nurtured to their creative maturity, and the hip culture of jazz music is expressed in the language, attitudes and even the dress of each generation. In this program, you will learn about jazz icon Johnny Costa and how he helped to shape Pittsburgh as a bonafide jazz town.

This program is hosted by the Peters Township Public Library in partnership with the Washington Symphony Orchestra.

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


MEDICARE 101

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Adele Dean, Regional APPRISE Coordinator for Western PA

Join us for a discussion of both the Medicare and APPRISE programs. Handouts and New to Medicare packets will be available. Dean will screen participants for assistance programs, such as PACE/PACENET, Extra Help, and the Medicare Savings Programs. The session will provide detailed information about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period as well.

Medicare continues to provide benefits for people 65 and older, people under 65 with certain disabilities and people of any age with end-stage renal disease and permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. As a reminder, open enrollment for 2017 Medicare coverage will be from October 15 - December 7, 2016.

Register for the Septmeber 29 program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


THE 3 R'S BOOK CLUB FOR TEACHERS: READ. RECOMMEND. REPEAT.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Nancy Hobbs & Myra Oleynik

Attention Teachers: School's Out, but Reading is IN!! Are you looking for exciting titles to share with your students next year? If so, this is the book group for you! Teachers of all grade levels and homeschool educators are invited to come, discuss and recommend new or favorite Children's and YA books that they are reading. No time to read? No problem! Use this group as your guide to finding great books for your future students.

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


Dr. Christopher HughesADVANCED DIRECTIVE WORKSHOP

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Christopher M. Hughes

Join us for a discussion about Advance Healthcare Directives. Dr. Hughes will review major court decisions in end of life care such as Cruzan vs. Missouri Department of Health and the case of Terry Schiavo, and he will also discuss the history of advance directives in general. This will be followed by a look at Pennsylvania’s current Advance Directive law and a review of actual Advance Directive forms, section by section.

Dr. Hughes has nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in hospital medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He began practicing hospice and palliative medicine with the University of Pittsburgh's Palliative and Supportive Institute and Family Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Pittsburgh in 2012, and he has been involved in crafting legislation as lead negotiator for Pennsylvania's Advance Directive law.

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

 


ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

BEADING CLUB

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Facilitator: Karen Krohner

Come one, come all, come bead! Bring your UFO's (unfinished beaded "objects"), or begin a new project. Sit and bead in the company of other bead fanatics. Help is available, if needed. Facilitated by Karen Krohner of Beads 2 Wear. Walk-ins welcome!


INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:4 weeks

September 6 - 26, 2016 (please note Tuesday start date due to library being closed on September 5)

OR

October 3 - 24, 2016
When: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 per 4-week session (includes a start-up kit with crochet hook and yarn)
Maximum: 6
Instructor: Cathy Layton

Join us for a 4-week class to learn the basics of this old, now-new-again art of crochet. We'll enjoy learning about the originality of this craft and see how to use it in decorative and creative ways that are limited only by your imagination. It's not just about afghans! Register at the library's circulation desk. Please make sure to register before the first class so instructor knows how many kits to bring.

CROCHET CLUB

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us at the library for all things crochet! Bring your new or unfinished projects to work on while spending time with others who share your interest. The club is not intended for beginners - for those wanting to learn how to crochet, please consider attending an Introduction to Crochet class offered periodically (usually in September, October, April and May) throughout the year.


COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Join us at our 2nd floor computer lab to brush up your computer skills. Computers will be provided. Due to the high demand and limited class sizes, there will be no refunds on computer classes held at the library. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please register no later than the day before the class is to be held.

ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED COMPUTER INSTRUCTION BY APPOINTMENT

Would you like to use a computer but find it to be too much of a challenge? Perhaps you can't decide where to start. Do you wish there was somewhere you could go to get the help you need and have your questions answered? The library offers a"one-on-one" computer instruction service. A staff member or volunteer will spend 30 minutes with you to answer your computer questions. Contact Peter Stamoolis at 724.941.9430 to schedule an appointment. A valid WAGGIN library card is required for this free session.


ONE-ON-ONE INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING

Are you interested in learning more about the library's 3-D printers? For a basic, 20-minute introduction, please contact Peter Stamoolis at the library at 724.941.9430 to make an appointment. A valid WAGGIN library card is required for this free session. The library also offers more in-depth programs about the 3-D printers. Upcoming programs are listed with our other computer programs.


WORD PROCESSING 3

When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

In this class, students will learn about templates, multiple columns, adding graphics, mail merge, and discuss compatibility issues related to the Microsoft Office 2007 programs at the library. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29.


COMPUTERS 101

When: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Determine what computer to buy by looking at what you want to do with it. Participants will learn about: the various parts of a computer and what they do, computer terminology, software that will be needed, and useful techniques that will make using computers easier. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5.


POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Learn how to prepare slide presentations using different themes and layouts. Then add text, drawings, charts, photos, clipart, and wordart. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12.


3D DESIGN AND PRINTING

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Learn to use 123D Design to design a 3D object and save the file to print your object later @ your library! Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19.


BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 8
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Join us for a demonstration of how to use the library’s Digital Media Collection to download eBooks and eAudiobooks to various electronic devices. Please note: there is no charge for this class. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26.


PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Learn how to produce a slick newsletter for your group using MSWORD. Includes how to set up columns, include photos, artwork and tables. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. by Saturday, October 3.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

COLORING, COFFEE AND CLASSICS

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Cafe Lee on the 2nd floor

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Take a break and spend an hour coloring while you listen to classical music and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. For ages 18 and up. No registration necessary.


COUPON CLUB

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Brenda Moore

Are you interested in learning how to save money in your monthly budget? Then the Peters Township Public Library Coupon Club is for you! Join is as we meet to swap coupons, exchange ideas and strategies for using coupons, and maintain the Coupon Swap Box in the library. Bring a pair of scissors to clip coupons during our lively and informative discussions. It's always a fun, profitable evening with the Coupon Club! Register at the library's circulation desk.


ROOTS GENEALOGY CLUB

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Cathy Pigford

Interested in learning more about your roots? Join us for an informal gathering as we share resources, information and methods for exploring your family's history. All are welcome. Memorabilia and other items of interest are encouraged! Register at the library's circulation desk.


GO GREEN CLUB

When: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Are you interested in learning to live lightly on the planet? If so, please join us for our next GO Green Club meeting. The mission of the PTPL GO Green Club is to provide the community with educational resources through programs, library materials, and volunteer activities to help create a more environmentally- friendly and responsible lifestyle. Please email the library at ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com if you plan on attending. If you do not have email, you may register at the library's circulation desk.

Check out our "Living the Green Life" blog for "green" library programs and other green links.


PHOTO CLUB

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 (annual dues)

The Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters Photography Club meets in the library on the second Wednesday of every month except June, July and August. The club, begun in 1981, is dedicated to providing a forum where members can learn from guest speakers and from other members techniques to improve their photography -- both film and digital. An annual juried exhibition provides an opportunity for members to display their photographic skills. Annual dues for the calendar year are $15.00, payable in January to the club treasurer. Please click here to see the most recent copy of Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters.


STAMP CLUB

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Richard Landa

Remember being trapped indoors last winter? This season you can spend your time with Kings and Queens, Sports Legends, Movie Stars and more! You can start your own art collection, connect with the past, or travel to far and mysterious lands. How? Join our Stamp Club! Come and learn the basics, expand your collection and meet with others who share your interests.

For more information please call Richard Landa at 412.653.0229. Register at the library's circulation desk.


Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:30 a.m - Noon

Do you love to golf or play tennis but don't want to deal with the weather? Like to bowl but not keen on lifting a heavy bowling ball? Stay active in the comfort of the Peters Township Public Library. We'll use the large plasma TV and Nintendo Wii in the Teen Reading Room to stay fit. Peters Township teens will walk you through the use of the Wii-mote, a light-weight, motion-detecting controller that you swing like a golf club, baseball bat, bowling ball or tennis racquet. Bring a friend or two and give it at try! No registration required -- just drop in!


WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: George Dvorznak

Join us for a monthly discussion series featuring topics pertaining to World War II. Participants meet to share their knowledge accumulated over the years through personal experience, reading, historical programs, and other resources.

Register at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430 to register. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 724.941.9430 ext. 327.


WRITER'S WORKSHOP

When:

Every Monday: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
or
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 per month for the Wednesday program, no charge for the Monday program
Leader: Pat Easton

The Writer's Workshop and focuses on writing for children and teenagers. Anyone with an interest in joining is asked to contact Pat Easton at peaston@washjeff.edu . Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable as well as work for the magazine or book market industry.

 


MARATHON BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Community Room)

When: 1st Tuesday of the month (September - May)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


DUPLICATE BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Community Room)

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month (September - May)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please contact Joan Knoll at 724.743.1767 for more information about the Bridge programs.


HOMEBOUND DELIVERY

The Peters Township Public Library offers a homebound delivery service. Library materials are selected, picked up and delivered to Peters Township residents, regardless of age, who are unable to come to the Library because of a temporary or permanent physical, visual, or other limitation. To apply, either complete a Homebound Delivery Reader Information Form and return it to the library or contact Myra Oleynik, Library Director, at the library at 724.941.9430. Materials available for circulation include books, large print books, audio books, videos, DVD's, CD's, and magazines. Items are delivered by a library volunteer every three weeks. Requests for renewals may be granted if there are no holds on the item.

Volunteers needed!

Homebound delivery is a volunteer-driven service. If you are interested in meeting and helping others, and are able and willing to deliver items to meet a real, growing need of those in your community, please call 724.941.9430 ext. 321.


ONLINE BOOK CLUBS

The Library is delighted to offer several Online Book Clubs. Join one (or more) of the Online Book Clubs, and every weekday morning we'll email you a portion of a book that takes about five minutes to read. By the time Friday arrives, you'll have read the first two or three chapters of a book. If you like what you've read, and want to read more, simply come to the library and check out the book to finish it. A new book begins each Monday. Choose from the Non-Fiction Book Club (a mixture of fiction and nonfiction), the Fiction Book Club, the Romance Book Club, the Good News Book Club (a combination of religious and inspirational fiction and nonfiction), and the Teen Book Club. Join one or join them all! To enroll, click on the "Online Book Club" icon on any page within the Library's website, and follow the instructions. Membership is free and requires only the submission of an e-mail address. This information is kept confidential and used only for e-mailing book selections. Contact the Library with any questions. Sign up today and start reading with us tomorrow!

 

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