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SPECIAL EVENTS

Potluck Dinner

5TH ANNUAL LOCAL FOODS 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 ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com



READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

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

September 17, 2014: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

October 15, 2014: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

November 19, 2014: Rebecca: a Novel by Daphne du Maurier

December 17, 2014: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

January 21, 2015: Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

February 18, 2015: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

March 18, 2015: Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

April 15, 2015: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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.

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. 3270 for information.


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

July 29, 2014: Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri

August 26, 2014: The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke

September 30, 2014: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

October 28, 2014: Six Years by Harlan Coben

No meeting in November

December 2, 2014: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (Please note change of date for December meeting)

January 27, 2015: A Cold & Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry

February 24, 2015: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

March 31, 2015: After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman

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

Matt Friedman

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF PITTSBURGH: BREAKING THE LINKS -- A CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Time: 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.


WW1

ORIGINS OF THE GREAT WAR, 1914

When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Todd DePastino

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Todd DePastino presents his program, “Origins of the Great War, 1914.” The Great War, as it was known, is the seminal event of modern history because it unleashed the demons of the 20th century: Communism, Fascism, the Great Depression, and World War II. The war killed 10 million people, swept away four empires, and sparked revolutions from the western border of France to the Sea of Japan. Yet, precisely how and why it happened is still something of a mystery. An archduke gets murdered in Sarajevo on June 28, and six weeks later, the world is at war. Come hear the story, and understand why, after a century, it haunts us still. Light refreshments will be available after the presentation.

Todd DePastinoTodd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Todd is the author of BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton), which won the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure and was a 2009 Eisner Award nominee. Todd is general editor of Fantagraphics Books’ complete Mauldin series, which so far includes the acclaimed WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS (2008) and WILLIE & JOE: BACK HOME (2011). Todd’s previous books include CITIZEN HOBO: HOW A CENTURY OF HOMELESSNESS SHAPED AMERICA (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and THE ROAD BY JACK LONDON (Rutgers University Press, 2006). He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University where in 2008 he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.

This program is hosted by the Peters Township Public Library and Memorial Park Post 764 VFW in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1

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:

Thursdays, September 11, 18, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 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.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Library staff

The 2010 census shows an increase of immigrants residing in the Washington County area. Many may wish to become U.S. citizens and need help preparing to take the U.S. Citizenship Test. Advantages to becoming a U.S. citizen include the right to vote, the chance to reunite families, and the ability to protect children’s rights to remain in the U.S. Part of becoming a U.S. citizen is passing the naturalization test, in which up to 10 questions from a list of 100 will be asked – at least 6 must be answered correctly to pass the test. Join us to help yourself or a loved one prepare for the test and feel more confident when entering the naturalization interview.

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



COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

When: Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: : Jayeann Harr from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)

Discover the ins and outs of how to pay for college at our annual College Financial Aid Night. A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will discuss a variety of methods to finance a college education, as well as looking at alternatives to the traditional college experience. High school parents and students are invited to the presentation, which will describe all federal and PA-state financial aid programs, scholarships and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application processes. Other topics will include how colleges award aid to families and how financial aid deadline dates interface with the college admissions process. Loan rates and interest rates for students and parents will also be explained. A question and answer session will follow the program.

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



INTRODUCTION TO THE FIVE WISHES LIVING WILL

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Presented by: Library staff and local health care professionals

The Five Wishes Living Will is a new resource developed by the Aging with Dignity organization. This easily completed document lets your family and doctors know who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them, the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want near end of life, how comfortable you want to be near end of life, how you want people to treat you near end of life, and what you want your loved ones to know near end of life. The will is a legal document recognized in Pennsylvania and is the only advance directive / living will that speaks to all of a person’s concerns, not just the medical and legal ones. Join us to learn more about the benefits of using the Five Wishes Living Will. Copies of the form will be available to program participants after the program for $1.00.

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



WHAT IS A WOMAN'S LIFE COACH AND DO I NEED ONE?

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Cookie White

Learn about the latest trend in life coaching….that of assisting women with day-to-day life situations. Topics to be covered include: Understanding Yourself and Others; Fitness, Diet, Beauty and Healthy Living; Key Principles in Managing Work, Home and Life; Handling Conflict and Life Transitions. Cookie White has lived in Peters Township for over 25 years and is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors as a Women’s Life Coach. She is also the founder of an online women’s ministry, The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries.

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



Dr. Samuel Hazo

AN EVENING WITH DR. SAMUEL HAZO

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Samuel Hazo

Join us as we welcome Dr. Samuel Hazo, founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum. Dr. Hazo will recite a sampling of his poetry dating from 1958 – 2013.

Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays. In 1993, Governor Robert Casey named Dr. Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet Laureate and he held this honor until 2003. Throughout his writing career he has explored themes of morality, love, passion, art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In 1972, his book Once for the Last Bandit was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to founding the International Poetry Forum he is also the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University.

Copies of his recently published books, And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 and Sexes: the Marriage Dialogues will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



RE-ENERGIZE YOURSELF AT WORK

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Robert O'Friel of O'Friel Coaching & Consulting

Stuck in a career rut? Tired of seeing others advance ahead of you? During this interactive discussion, we will explore ways you can jump start your career, fight your own negativity, and achieve your professional goals. Get re-energized by using any, or all of the five different ways we will discuss during this exciting seminar. It will get you started!

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



Marian Szczepanski

PLAYING ST. BARBARA: AN AUTHOR TALK BY MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Marian Szczepanski

Join us as Marian Szczepanski discusses her debut novel Playing St. Barbara. Inspired by her family background and her work at a Houston domestic violence hotline, her novel focuses on how the secrets, struggles and self-redemption of a Depression-era coal miner’s wife and three daughters play out against a turbulent historical backdrop of Ku Klux Klan intimidation and the 1933 Pennsylvania Mine War. Their intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners, and each woman writes her own courageous ending to St. Barbara’s story. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Ms. Szczepanski was raised in Greensburg and is the granddaughter of immigrant coal miners. She has an MFA in fiction from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her short fiction garnered the de Maine Award for an Emerging Writer from Clackamas Literary Review. She has been recognized by the Houston Press Club for magazine feature writing, and the Houston Press named her to the 2014 list of “100 Houston Creatives.” Read more about her at www.marianszczepanski.com.

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



LOST: WHEN WANDERING TURNS DANGEROUS

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, Gerontology Educator at the Aging Institute

Six out of ten seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia exhibit wandering type behaviors. Unfortunately three out of ten will become lost when they wander away. This behavior can result in serious consequences because if the individual is not located within eight hours, they are at high risk for serious injury or death. This presentation will focus on recognizing and preventing wandering behaviors, maintaining a secure environment, search and rescue information along with location devices, and having an appropriate plan of action in place should it become necessary. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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



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

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 a 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.


ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:

4 weeks, September 8 - 29, 2014 and/or
4 weeks, October 6 - 27, 2014
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.


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

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:

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.


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.


INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 20
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class is a demonstration of how to perform various common tasks with Photoshop Elements. Tasks like cropping, eliminating unwanted objects from a photo, and color and lighting adjustments will be covered. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk.


PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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.


COMPUTERS 101

When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 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.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 1

When: Tuesday, September 9, 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, September 16, 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.



COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES

When: Tuesday, September 23, 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, September 30, 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.


BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, October 7, 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.


POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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

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.
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.


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 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.
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.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUGHTER CLUB

When:

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!


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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