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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.

February 17, 2016: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

March 16, 2016: Still Alice: a Novel by Lisa Genova

April 20, 2016: The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency by James Tobin

May 18, 2016: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

June 15, 2016: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

July 20, 2016: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

August 17, 2016: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

September 21, 2016: Planning Meeting

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

November 16, 2016: Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser

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



EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

March 9, 2016: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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

 

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

February 23, 2016: The Informant by James Grippando

March 29, 2016: Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross

April 26, 2016: Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

May 31, 2016: Last Words by Michael Kortya

June 28, 2016: Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

July 26, 2016: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

August 30, 2016: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

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

October 25, 2016: Desperate by Daniel Palmer

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

BRING MINDFULNESS TO THE TABLE: SAVOR LIFE'S SWEETNESS

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Limit: 24 adult participants
Presented by: Jen Stratakis, Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher 200 (E-RYT 200), Registered Yoga Teacher - 500 (RYT-500)

Yoga philosophy and practice are increasingly being used therapeutically to help people overcome destructive eating habits—like overeating, food addiction, and stress eating—and the resulting emotional distress they can cause. Join Jen Stratakis, E-RYT 200, RYT-500 to explore how to integrate yogic principles to bring mindfulness to mealtime. This interactive lecture will include a meditative practice and a mindful tasting of some select morsels. Jen Stratakis is a classically trained yoga teacher whose personal mission is to bring meaningful yoga to as many people as possible. In early 2012, she completed training in both Principle-Based Partner Yoga® and Yin Yoga. Her educational background includes a B.S. from Kent State and a Master's from CMU. Jen has studied and practiced yoga for over 14 years. She is grateful to her yogic influences – Sandra Anderson, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Seane Corn, Sarah Powers, and Judith Hanson Lasater - for their wisdom and guidance.

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.



Landscape Before

SECRETS OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Evan Evanovich

Whether you do-it-yourself or want your landscape done for you, come learn from Penn State Horticulturalist Evan Evanovich how to make your landscapeAfter Landscape compliment and add value to your home or business. Learn how to design and shape your shrubbery beds, how to use the shapes and heights of shrubs to elongate your home or business, and how to coordinate textures, colors, and flower patterns in your landscape. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.





PYSANKY EGG DISPLAY AND DEMONSTRATION
Pysanky Eggs
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Michael Yanchak

Join us for a delightful journey into the world of Pysanky Eggs. Michael Yanchak will display a variety of Pysanky Eggs, discuss the history and significance of the eggs, and offer a brief demonstration of decorating techniques. A display of Pysanky Eggs will also be available prior to the program in the display case located on the 2nd floor near the Reference Desk.




CELEBRATE HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE PITTSBURGH PHOTOGRAPHY WITH DAVE DICELLO

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we welcome highly acclaimed local photographer Dave DiCello. During this relaxed program you will learn more about the stories behind some (ten) of his favorite Pittsburgh photographs and how, where, and when, he was able to capture such unique perspectives. Dave DiCello photo of Pittsburgh Born and raised in Pittsburgh, DiCello's skilled works will transport you from the North Shore to Mt. Washington across the Pittsburgh Skyline to Oakland and beyond. "When you live in a city that is as beautiful as Pittsburgh, it's hard not to be into photography," says DiCello.

DiCello's passion for photography began at a young age when his father gave him a camera. This hour long program will conclude with questions and answers and prints will be available for purchase.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.



HEARTBREAK CLOSE TO HOME: THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN OUR COMMUNITIESDr. Neil A. Capretto

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Peters Township Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Washington County, in consultation with Washington Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc., and Harry J. Fruecht, Peters Township Police Chief/Public Safety Director, are hosting an informative program intended to educate both adults and teens. The discussion will focus on providing an overview of the rising heroin addiction and overdose epidemic in our communities. Guest speakers will explain treatment and legal issues. Experts will address the importance of prevention including the role of the community in breaking the heroin connection.

Eugene A. VittoneEugene A. Vittone, Washington County District Attorney, will provide the opening remarks -- giving an overview of rising heroin addiction and the overdose epidemic in our communities. Dr. Neil A. Capretto, Medical Director at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, and consultant for local media will address treatment options both current and future. Both Vittone and Capretto testified at a United States Senate October 2015 hearing in Pittsburgh on the drug overdose epidemic. Other professionals will share their expertise on treatment options available to heroin addicts and other resources existing to support family members and concerned caregivers.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.



ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

BEADING CLUB

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 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:

February 17, 2016 - register online here
March 16, 2016 - register online here
April 20, 2016 - register online here
May 18, 2016 - register online here
June 15, 2016 - register online here
July 20, 2016 - register online here
No meeting in August
September 21, 2016 - register online here
October 19, 2016 - register online here
November 16, 2016 - register online here
December 21, 2016 - register online here

INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:

4 weeks, March 7 - 28, 2016 OR
4 weeks, April 4 - 25, 2016
When: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 per 4-week session (includes a start-up kit with crochet hook and yarn)
Maximum: 6
Instructor: Cathy Layton

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


CROCHET CLUB

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 - 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

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

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

ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED COMPUTER INSTRUCTION BY APPOINTMENT

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



ONE-ON-ONE INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING

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



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 1

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15.



3D DESIGN AND PRINTING

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 6
Presented by: Aaron Hartman

Get certified to use our PTPL 3D Printers while learning how to prepare your very own 3D files. In this class, Aaron Hartman will take you directly to the Thingiverse where you’ll learn to download then get ready to slice, prepare, and print your 3D file of choice! Register at the library's circulation desk.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 2

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22.



GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EMAIL

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29.



SOCIAL NETWORKING ON THE INTERNET

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 10
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class will be a demonstration of three of the common forms of social networking including Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging. Topics to be covered are: how to set up accounts for the various services, how to send messages or post messages and photographs, and how to find and connect with other people using these services. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7.



BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 8
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Join us for a demonstration of how to use the library’s Digital Media Collection to download eBooks and eAudiobooks to various electronic devices. Please note: there is no charge for this class. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14.



COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.



GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28.



ONGOING PROGRAMS

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: Cathy Pigford

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


GO GREEN CLUB

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

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

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


PHOTO CLUB

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
Time: 7:00 - 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.


SPANISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE

When: 1st and 3rd Saturdays (Please note: there will be an additional meeting on April 30, 2016.)
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Leaders: Spanish speaking PTPL volunteers from W & J College

We are not a Spanish class. Our main purpose is to improve our Spanish language skills by meeting local Spanish language and culture lovers for conversation and fun! Make new amigos as you practice speaking Spanish. All levels are welcome. Led by Spanish speaking PTPL volunteers from W & J College, who facilitate a discussion in Spanish, on a variety of subjects. The group usually includes mostly intermediate Spanish speakers and some native speakers. All Conversation Circles are free, no registration necessary. Meeting 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., upstairs in the Reading Room around the fireplace!

 

STAMP CLUB

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

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

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


Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday 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 (please note: December meeting will be December 16)
Time: 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: George Dvorznak

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

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


WRITER'S WORKSHOP

When:

Every Monday: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
or
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 per month (same price for either group)
Leader: Pat Easton

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


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 Myra Oleynik, Library Director, at the library at 724.941.9430. Materials available for circulation include books, large print books, audio books, videos, DVD's, CD's, and magazines. Items are delivered by a Library volunteer every three weeks. Requests for renewals may be granted if there are no holds on the item.

Volunteers needed!

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


ONLINE BOOK CLUBS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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