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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.

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 20, 2015: Planning Session

June 17, 2015: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
 
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room.' Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for information.

 


EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

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

August 12, 2015: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

September 9, 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

October 14, 2015: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

November 11, 2015: Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke

December 9, 2015: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

January 13, 2016: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

February 10, 2016: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

March 9, 2016: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 13, 2016: Planning Meeting

May 11, 2016: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

June 8, 2016: Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

July 13, 2016: A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for information.

 


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

April 28, 2015: The Doomsters by Ross MacDonald

May 26, 2015: Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

June 30, 2015: Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky

July 28, 2015: The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker

August 25, 2015: Last Whisper in the Dark by Tom Piccirilli

September 29, 2015: Headline Murders by David W. Rees

October 27, 2015: Gallows View by Peter Robinson
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

MAKING INFORMED SENIOR CARE DECISIONS

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Presented by: Kim Jackson (Visiting Angels), Barb Kramer (Senior Living Advisors), and Matthew Kikta, Esq. (Julian Gray & Associates)

Join us for a discussion of a range of issues concerning senior care. Kim Jackson will discuss the difference between home health and home care and highlight the pros and cons of hiring private caregivers vs. using a home care company. Barb Kramer will speak about the challenges of finding safe living arrangements for seniors who may need extra (sometimes permanent) care after an illness or injury. Kramer will explain how a professional advisor can help expedite the process and act as an advocate for the family while searching for a safe living arrangement. Matthew Kikta will offer planning tips for affording long term care and discuss when to start planning for long term care, using trusts for planning and how veterans benefits may help pay for care.

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


THE "NEXT BIG THING" IN TECHNOLOGY

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kevin Coleman

The Internet tech boom of the late 90's impacted all of us, in our personal lives, in business and in government. Now, three different technologies are rapidly being adopted and advancing at the same time! The emerging era dubbed the "Internet of Things" includes wearable technology and cars and trucks that are becoming computing platforms.  The combination of these three areas of technology will have a profound impact on businesses and individuals. Learn about how these technologies will affect you and how to be prepared as they increasingly become integrated with existing technology. Read more about the Internet of Things in this article from Wired magazine.

Kevin is a dynamic speaker, author, advisor, and visionary who presents insights on strategy, innovation, creativity and the high velocity technology era that is imminent. For over two decades he has advised leaders of business, government, industry and the military on the issues and opportunities created by new technology. He has spoken at some of the world's most prestigious organizations including the UN, before Congress, U.S. Strategic Command and multiple fortune 200 organizations and conferences providing a glimpse into the future world that emerging technology is about to create.

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


Laura Freedman

WOMEN, MEN & MONEY: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY IT MATTERS

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Laura Freedman

During this 90 minute workshop, you will participate in a lively and informative discussion about:

  • The distinct difference between men and women and why it matters as it relates to money.
  • How women can become involved proactively vs. reactively in decisions that drive financial goals and independence.
  • How this type of decision making impacts women both personally and professionally.

Laura Freedman is a financial advisor and former Senior Human Resource Executive. Laura lends over 25 years of experience advising leaders on sensitive matters and complex business decisions. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Executive Coach.

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


Ina Garten Make It Ahead book cover

PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY COOKING CLUB PRESENTS

I LOVE INA! MAKE AHEAD RECIPES FROM THE BAREFOOD CONTESSA


When: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Doors open for seating at 12:45 p.m.
Limit: 20 adults
Cost: $7.00 to be collected at the door prior to entry into the program to cover food samples
Presented by: Carrie Weaver

PLEASE NOTE: This program and the waiting list have both been filled.

Join library staff member and Ina Garten superfan Carrie Weaver for a cooking demonstration featuring recipes from Garten's 9th cookbook Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Just like Ina, Carrie has no formal culinary training, but she has been using the Barefoot Contessa"srecipes for years to create delicious meals for friends and family. With fresh ingredients and a little planning, you can wow your guests and be a relaxed hostess too. As Ina says, "How easy is that?"


CYBERCRIME AND SENIORS

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kevin Coleman

If you are over fifty years old, you may be a target for cyber criminals. Seniors are at risk for medical identify theft as well as cyber fraud and scams. These two problems have risen to such levels that the FBI now addresses both on their website. Join us as Kevin Coleman discusses what you can do to protect your information and avoid being a cybercrime victim.

Kevin is a dynamic speaker, author, advisor, and visionary who presents insights on strategy, innovation, creativity and the high velocity technology era that is imminent. For over two decades he has advised leaders of business, government, industry and the military on the issues and opportunities created by new technology. He has spoken at some of the world's most prestigious organizations including the UN, before Congress, U.S. Strategic Command and multiple fortune 200 organizations and conferences providing a glimpse into the future world that emerging technology is about to create.

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


SAVING AND BUDGETING / FIVE STATEGIES TO SLASH YOUR DEBT

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Jennifer Dunn, Fifth Third Bank

Creating a budget can be an overwhelming process and there never seems to be enough left over at the end of the month. This session will focus on the components of a budget, how to align savings goals and ultimately choose a process that will get you on track to meet your personal goals. There will also be tips and tricks to use every day to save money on everyday items from groceries to utilities. Building a budget and prioritizing wants and needs will ultimately allow individuals to tackle debt. Four different strategies for slashing debt will be presented as well as ways to prevent going into debt in the future.

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


MEDICARE 101

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Adele Dean, Apprise Regional Coordinator

Our nation's health care system has gone through a historic transformation. The Medicare program continues to provide important benefits as the health insurance program for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. Adele Dean, Regional APPRISE Coordinator, will present a PowerPoint program (about 45 minutes - 1 hour) on Medicare and the APPRISE Program. Handouts and New to Medicare packets will be available for participants, and she will also screen participants for assistance programs such as PACE/PACENET, Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Adele Dean is the Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging's APPRISE Program; she coordinates the program for 18 counties in Western PA and works for the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

Register for this program online, 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: 12 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. 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 20, 2015 - register online here
June 17, 2015 - register online here
July 15, 2015 - register online here
No meeting in August
September 16, 2015 - register online here
October 21, 2015 - register online here
November 18, 2015 - register online here
December 16, 2015 - register online here

INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:

4 weeks, April 6 - 27, 2015 OR
4 weeks, May 4 - 26 (no class on Monday, May 25; moved to Tuesday, 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.

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.


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.


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.


GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EMAIL

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This course will teach students how to use free and fee-based e-mail on the Internet. Topics covered will be: composing, sending, viewing, creating attachments, copying and pasting, address book and managing accounts. 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 1

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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, May 12, 2015
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.


PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 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.


GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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.


3D DESIGN AND PRINTING

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class will introduce the use of 3D design software to design objects to be printed out. The various input and output file types will be explained, and the conversion of the output from the design software to printable machine files will be demonstrated. Objects will be printed out on several of our 3D printers. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk.


POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 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. 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

COOKING CLUB

When: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Cost: $5.00
Topic: To be announced

Love to cook? The Cooking Club needs you! We are looking for professional or home cooks who would like to spend a few hours sharing their knowledge about a particular cuisine or culinary skill through a program at the library. The Cooking Club meets at the library in the Meeting Room. A date and time can be selected at your convenience, and you will be reimbursed for food costs.

Please email caweaver@ptlibrary if you are interested or for more information. 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 other questions, please email the club at ptplcookingclub@gmail.com.
 


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 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.


"ROOTS" 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.


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 (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.


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 at the library's circulation desk.
 


Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday except for the last Wednesday of the month
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: 11:00 a.m - 12:30 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: Mondays
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
        OR
When: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 per month
Leader: Pat Easton

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:

2nd Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
4th Tuesday: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
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.

Adult writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to this free program. New members are asked to contact Joann Cantrell at joann.cantrell@gmail.com prior to attending their first meeting.

 


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 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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