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AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
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.

Deadline for entries to be submitted is Friday, April 25, 2014. 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 jpgh1001@yahoo.com.

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


 


TASTE OF THE TOWNSHIP
Friday, April 25, 2014
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Valley Brook Country Club
Cost: $50.00 per ticket


 

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


R.E.A.D. LIBRARY COOKBOOK (RECIPES: ENTICING AND DELICIOUS!)
 

Looking for some fresh recipes as we enter the holiday season? Remember – the library’s first ever cookbook is now available for purchase. Buy one for yourself, or buy copies as gifts – the good cooks at the library are offering 225 of their finest recipes, and all proceeds benefit the library! Cookbooks are available at the library for $10.00 each 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.


READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

May 21, 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

June 18, 2014: Planning Meeting

July 16, 2014: Work Song by Ivan Doig

August 20, 2014: My Faraway Home: an American Family's WWII Tale of Adventure and Survival in the Jungles of the Philippines by Mary McKay Maynard
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room.' Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 327 for information.


EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

May 14, 2014: Defending Jacob by William Landay

June 11, 2014: The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

July 9, 2014: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

August 13, 2014: Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon

September 10, 2014: Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

October 8, 2014: Help for the Haunted by John Searles

November 12, 2014: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

December 10, 2014: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarity

January 14, 2015: Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

February 11, 2015: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

March 11, 2015: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

April 8, 2015: Planning session

May 13, 2015: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

June 10, 2015: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

July 8, 2015: Pompeii by Robert Harris
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 327 for information.


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

April 30, 2014: Suspect by Robert Crais
The Mystery Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call Peter Stamoolis at 724-941-9430 ext. 252 for more information.


PROGRAMS

PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY COOKING CLUB - 2014 FUN FOR FOODIES SERIES


When: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 to be collected at program
Limit: 30
Topic: The Gluten-Free Revolution

The Library's Cooking Club continues its 2014 Fun for Foodies series with guest chef Caroline Shannon-Karasik, author of The Gluten-Free Revolution. Caroline will discuss her journey to becoming gluten-free and share recipes with samples, including a delicious Thai Quinoa Salad and decadent Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430. A $5 fee will be collected at the program to help defray costs. Space is limited to 30 participants.

For more information about upcoming Fun for Foodies programs at the library, sign up to receive emails through the library's e-newsletter subscription. Any questions, please email the club at ptplcookingclub@gmail.com.


THE BEST VACATION ... STAYCATION IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Tinsy Labrie, Vice President, Marketing, VisitPITTSBURGH

From National Geographic Traveler to Forbes.com, Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit. CBS This Morning recently touted Pittsburgh as one of the "six places you wouldn't think to visit, but should in 2014!" Join Tinsy Labrie as she provides insight on how to be a tourist in “The Burgh.” VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County. Labrie has been promoting and packaging Pittsburgh as a leisure travel destination for 15 years for persons just like us! You will learn about family fun, tours and sightseeing, outdoor adventure, museums, performing and visual arts and other fun activities. In her presentation, Ms. Tinsy will highlight historic sites like the Duquesne Incline, Fort Pitt Museum, Heinz History Center, along with family attractions including the Zoo, Science Center, National Aviary and more! VisitPITTSBURGH will be giving away free a gift bag of Pittsburgh food items -- each participant will be given a chance to win, winner must be present to accept gift bag. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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


Kathleen George

AN EVENING WITH KATHLEEN GEORGE

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kathleen George, Author and Professor of Theatre Arts and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh

The 125th anniversary of the devastating Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood will be observed on May 31, 2014. Thousands perished in what was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history at the time. The Johnstown Girls, by Johnstown native and acclaimed mystery writer Kathleen George, will be released in April 2014. George’s fictional tale focuses on Ellen Emerson, who may be the last living survivor of theJohnstown Girls flood, and what happened to her twin sister, from whom she was separated by the deluge. She was only four years old on May 31, 1889, when twenty million tons of water decimated her hometown.

Join us as George reads excerpts from The Johnstown Girls as well as another recently published title Measure of Blood. A question and answer period will follow the readings. Copies of these titles will be available for purchasing and signing after the program. Visit www.kathleengeorge.com to learn more about the author.

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


GOOD FRIENDS ARE COMFORT FOOD FOR THE SOUL -- THE FIVE ESSENTIAL FRIENDSHIPS THAT ENHANCE OUR LIVES

When: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Christine Mabon

According to the Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, one of the best things a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman, but one of the best things a woman can do for her health is to nurture the relationships with her girlfriends.

Women with a network of friendships tend to live longer, healthier, happier lives. In our modern society, many women neglect these essential relationships as our lives become busy with school, career, children and their activities, home and family responsibilities. This comes at a high price as it can be detrimental to our well being. It is in our best interest to balance the demands of modern life with the support of friendships.

When Christine Mabon’s husband, Jeff suffered a fatal heart attack at 44 years old, she came to realize the significance of friendship in her life. Women came in many sizes, shapes and colors to support, sustain and enrich her life in so many ways. Join us as she shares her story about the importance of friendship with others. You can learn more about Christine Mabon by visiting her website at www.christinemabon.com. In addition, you can read about her in the February 12, 2014 edition of USA Today here.

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


JUMP START YOUR CHILD'S COLLEGE SAVINGS

When: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Jayeann Harr, PHEAA Higher Education Access Partner of SW PA

With college costs rising every year, this program will help parents of students in elementary and middle school understand their options and prepare to finance their child’s college education well before their high school years. As your child gets older, he/she will face educational and career decisions that can seem overwhelming. To prepare for your role in this family event, inform yourself about educational costs and financial aid. Learn from a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency about the college financial aid process, the programs for aid that are available, and how to apply for scholarships. Do what you can, now, to help ease your child’s transition from high school to college.

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


HAPPY HOME = HAPPY YOU!

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Sandra Lane, Certified Professional Organizer

Studies show that the environment you live and work in can have an effect on your overall health. Learn tips on how to de-clutter, organize and create a more peaceful, healthful and productive environment.

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




GO GREEN CLUB "GREEN WEDNESDAYS" FILM SERIES

When: Wednesdays, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, 2014
Time: Films start screening at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as the Peters Township Public Library GO Green Club hosts screenings of environmentally-focused films on the the first Wednesdays of March - June. Titles include:

Carbon Nation The library screened Carbon Nation on March 5. A copy is available for circulation if you missed the screening. Click here to watch the trailer.






Trashed The library screened Trashed - No Place for Waste (2012) on April 2. A copy is available for circulation if you missed the screening. Click here to watch the trailer.






Switch May 7: Switch (2012) Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here to register.




Chasing Ice June 4: Chasing Ice (2012) The story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here to register.

You may also register for the film screenings at the library's circulation desk or by calling 724-941-9430.

The library’s GO Green Club’s mission 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. For more information about the film series or the club, email ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com.


Vanity Case Planter

TRASH TO TREASURE

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00
Presented by: Nancy Vejlstrup, Penn State Master Gardener and Exhibit Designer for Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh

Come and be inspired by this all-new “Trash to Treasure” program and learn to look at everyday objects differently. Just because an item can no longer be used for its original purpose doesn’t mean that it should be headed for the trash pile! Three different pieces will be transformed into clever, creative planters, complete with green and blooming plants.

You will become the envy of your neighborhood as you learn how to create your own Trash to Treasure unique containers. Participants will receive handouts with ideas/suggestions along with photographs to help them get started on their own repurposed planters.

As part of “Trash to Treasure” event at the library, Nancy will be creating a centerpiece (from a birdcage) for our lobby to be raffled the evening of the program. Raffle tickets will be available for $5.00 per ticket or 4 tickets for $15.00. Each participant registering for the “Trash to Treasure” program will be given a free raffle ticket at the time of registration. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk.


SOLAR ENERGY 101 (A GO GREEN CLUB PROGRAM)

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Ron Berman of SUNWPA (Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania)

Does solar really work in Pittsburgh? How much does solar cost? What does energy independence mean? Ron Berman of SUNWPA will answer these questions and others at this presentation. Bring your questions and get the answers from a solar owner who generates 100% of his electricity from the sun. SUNWPA Organizational Members are comprised of the region’s leading solar installation and development companies, support businesses, solar owners, non-profit organizations and solar enthusiasts devoted to proliferating solar in Western PA through awareness, education and legislative advocacy. This program is being hosted by the library’s GO Green Club.

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


CIVIL WAR 150! WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Elaine Frantz Parsons, Associate Professor of History at Duquesne University

The Civil War reshaped cultural ideas of what it meant to be a woman. A small but influential group of northern women had launched a women's rights movement just a few years before the war's beginning: the war posed both challenges and opportunities for these reformers. Women’s rights advocates helped with the war effort, and used the war to make a case for further political, economic, and legal rights. The war disrupted traditional households, often allowing, or requiring, women to take on new roles. At the same time, the disruption of the war made many men and women, northern and southern, nostalgic for a return to traditional ways. Many freedpeople rushed to assume the domestic life that they had so long been denied. This talk explores the tensions between the reformist and traditionalist impulses.

Dr. Parsons’ work focuses on social movements and popular culture in the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Her first book Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) explores the social meanings of saloon violence. She is currently completing a book about the Ku Klux Klan, Constructing the Ku Klux: The Ku Klux Klan and the Modernization of the Reconstruction-Era South. She is the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for the study of violence in culture.

Peters Township Public Library is one of three sites throughout the United States to receive an additional Civil War 150! programming grant. Civil War 150! is a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During spring 2014, we will host two programs focusing on Civil War themes. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


HELP THE BIRDS -- MAKE A MINI GARDEN LOOM

When: Monday, June 2, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: 25.00 for supplies
Presented by: Andrea Marquis

Did you know there are many benefits to attracting birds to your yard, porch, or garden? Not only are birds beautiful and interesting to watch, they also can help control your pest insect population, pollinate plants, and even keep weeds under control by eating the seeds! In addition to providing extra food and water to welcome birds, consider building them a mini garden loom, which can hold extra snacks and nest-building materials. A garden loom is a fun and easy project, does not require special tools, and is a great way to recycle many items and add an ever-changing decoration to your outdoor space. Participants will make their own garden loom to take home.

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


CIVIL WAR 150! AMERICAN POETRY AND THE CIVIL WAR

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Faith Barrett, Associate Professor of English at Duquesne University

The American Civil War prompted an extraordinary outpouring of poetry by men and women from all walks of life. These writers turned to poetry to define their relationships to nation, region, home, and family, constructs that were all destabilized by the war. In reading a group of literary and popular poets, as well as work by women, African Americans and soldiers, this talk will argue that the nationalist “we” and the personal “I” are not opposed in the poetry of this era; rather they are related positions on a continuous spectrum of potential stances. Americans on both sides of the conflict believed that poetry had an important role to play in defining national identity. While the Civil War clearly changed American poetry, it is also the case that the Civil War poetry changed the way Americans understood their relationship to the nations of the Union, the Confederacy, and the United States.

Dr. Barrett coedited with Cristanne Miller Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry (U Mass, 2005). She is the author of To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave: American Poetry and the Civil Wa (U Mass, 2012), and she has published articles on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Abraham Lincoln.

Peters Township Public Library is one of three sites throughout the United States to receive an additional Civil War 150! programming grant. Civil War 150! is a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During spring 2014, we will host two programs focusing on Civil War themes. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:

4 weeks, April 7 - 28, 2014
4 weeks, May 5 - June 2, 2014 (no class on May 26)
When: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 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.


LEARN ODD COUNT PEYOTE STITCH

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 for supplies
Instructor: Karen Krohner

Learn the odd count peyote stitch while making a bracelet with Swarovski crystal embellishments. All materials will be supplied. Please bring reading glasses and a task light with extension cord if you have one. Project will not be completed in class – students are encouraged to attend a Beading Club meeting (3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.) for additional beading time and assistance. Register at the library's circulation desk.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY CROCHET CLUB

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 - 8:45 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.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY BEADING CLUB

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 12 and up
Facilitator: Karen Krohner of Beads 2 Wear

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. You may register for this program online or at the library's circulation desk. To register online, please select the date(s) you plan on attending from the following list:

May 21, 2014 - register online here
June 18, 2014 - register online here
July 16, 2014 - register online here
No session in August
September 17, 2014 - register online here
October 15, 2014 - register online here
November 19, 2014 - register online here
December 17, 2014 - register online here


COMPUTER PROGRAMS

DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND AND LIMITED CLASS SIZES, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES 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 ext. 5767 to schedule an appointment. A valid Peters Township Public Library card is required for this free session.


NEW! TECH TIMES @ THE LIBRARY

When:

Every Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Every Monday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Receive help with your technology questions from knowledgeable high school students. Drop by the patron computer area on the 2nd floor of the library for assistance. There is no charge for this service.


BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 1

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class covers creating an excel spreadsheet, printing a range, customization, working with rows and columns, and data validation. 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.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 2

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class covers compatibility issues and quick review, using formulas, functions and dressing up a spreadsheet. Basic spreadsheet data entry skills are required. 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.



BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 10
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.


COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This hands-on course will teach students how to use Microsoft Word on a PC to prepare professional looking cover letters and resumes. The purposes and various formats of each will be covered. Please note: there is no charge for this class. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk, or call 724-941-9430.



GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Students will learn how to use the library's resources to help you search for your roots. The lesson covers how to use the Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition databases. Learning how to Google will also be covered. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk.


DOING RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET

When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This hands-on course will teach students how to do research on the internet. Topics covered will be search engines, search strategy structure and language, links, and an examination of the various databases available in 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.



ONGOING PROGRAMS

Wii SPORTS FOR SENIORS

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

Seniors, do you love to golf, but don't want to deal with the weather? Maybe you were a bowler, but your arthirits keeps you from lifting the 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. The benefit of Wii Sports is evident and being used in many senior living communities, and physical therapists are beginning to integrate the Wii into their everyday routines. Bring a friend or two and give it at try! No registration required -- just drop in!


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY GO GREEN CLUB

When: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 7:00 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.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY COUPONING CLUB

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

Are you interested in learning how to save money in your monthly budget? Then the Peters Township Public Library Couponing 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 Couponing Club! Register at the library's circulation desk.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY STAMP CLUB

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

Stamp collecting is a hobby that lets you re-live history, travel to the lands of your ancestors, learn more about our country, and capture wild animals! Where else can you meet kings and queens, world leaders, athletes and entertainers without leaving the comfort of your home? Come and learn the basics, expand your collection and meet with others who share your interests. Beginning with the February, 2014 issue, copies of the American Philatelist will be available for study in the 2nd floor periodical area.

For more information please call (412) 653-0229. Register for the March session online or at the library's circulation desk.


WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

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.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUGHTER CLUB

When:

Thursday, June 19, 2014 (register online here)
Thursday, September 18, 2014 (register online here)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 (register online here)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Julie Ann Sullivan, Certified Laughter Leader

What is a Laughter Club? Laughter Clubs promote laughter inside to support happiness outside. Participants get together to use laughter to improve health and outlook, as laughter can reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, and lower your blood pressure. Laughter Clubs utilize a systematic activity approach that is based on a foundation of practices, such as yoga, meditation, and modern medical science. Members of Laughter Clubs are engaged in active and interactive participation. In addition to registering online (see above), you may also register at the library's circulation desk, or call 724-941-9430. Drop-Ins are also welcomed!


MONDAY MORNING COFFEE BREAK

When: Every Monday
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

All are welcome to join us at the library every Monday to enjoy coffee and to talk books. Books and new resources will be introduced – there will be something different every week!


WRITER'S WORKSHOP

When: Mondays
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
        OR
When: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Leader: Patricia Easton
Cost: $20.00 per month

The Writer's Workshop meets weekly at the library and focuses on writing for children and teenagers. Please contact Pat Easton at patheaston@aol.com if interested in joining. Anyone with an interest in this area is encouraged to attend. Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable as well as work for the magazine or book market industry.


ADULT WRITING WORKSHOP

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Leader: Linda Foltz

Are you passionate about writing and looking for someone to critique your work? If you would like to give and receive inspiration, motivation, and encouragement in a group atmosphere, consider joining the Adult Writing Workshop on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Facilitating the writing workshop is author Linda Foltz, whose accomplishments include a published book and articles that have appeared in various magazines, including Seventeen, Teen Voices, and Family Resources Magazine. She has also been featured on local and national radio and television, including The Montel Williams Show. Linda believes her writing success is due largely to the ongoing support of members of her first writing group – eventually all of its members were professionally published. Linda is currently working on her second full-length manuscript.

Adult writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to this free program. New members are asked to contact Ms. Foltz at (412) 628-5544 prior to attending their first meeting.


GENEALOGY CLUB

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

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.


PHOTO CLUB

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May (the club does not meet in June, July and August)
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 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 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.


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.


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 Mrs. Lee at the library at (724) 941-9430 ext. 321. 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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