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When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Julia Gongaware, Amanda McFadden, Sarah Sudar, and Laura Zorch

PLEASE NOTE: Registration by Sunday, November 2 is necessary to attend this program.

Join local authors Julia Gongaware, Amanda McFadden, Sarah Sudar, and Laura Zorch (the four ladies behind as they dish on the local food scene, as well as talk about their two books: The Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Chef's Table. The second edition of the Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh is the go-to Pittsburgh book for all the best places to eat, drink, and buy food in our fair city. This handy travel book will help you decide where to eat, and, best of all, it'll help inform folks from all corners of the US that Pittsburgh is the bees knees in terms of eateries. Plus, you'll find 12 recipes in the back from the chefs that make this city awesome. Pittsburgh Chef's Table is part cookbook, part biography and all around awesome. 100% Pittsburgh, it features over 80 recipes from 50 of the city's hottest chefs. A book sale and signing with light refreshments will follow the program -- both titles will be available for purchase.

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430. Please note: there is no charge for this program.


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

Library Hosts Local Author Event as Part of Pennsylvania Library Association "PA Forward Speak Up! - Authors & Illustrators Speak Up for Libraries"


When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Ages: 13 and older
Facilitator: Stephanie Keyes, local author of young adult books
Participating local authors of young adult books: Joshua David Bellin (Survival Colony 9), Patricia Harrison Easton (Summer's Chance), Stephanie Keyes (The Star Catcher), Carla Mooney (Samson's Tale), and Leah Pileggi (Prisoner 88)

You know the moment. The one where you take a step forward, your gut churning, your heart racing... “Hello,” you say. Then the moment is upon you, that instant in time when you have to hold the other person’s attention and gain their interest with only a handful of words.

When we pick up a book for the first time, we have a similar decision to make. Often, we make our decisions not based on a pick up line, but instead on the opening paragraphs of a potential read. Do we want to get involved with this book? Develop a relationship with its characters? Join young adult authors, Joshua David Bellin, Patricia Harrison Easton, Stephanie Keyes, Carla Mooney, and Leah Pileggi as they explore what makes readers want to turn to page two. Bring along your favorite book to share!

A Q&A session will follow. This special "PA Forward Speak Up!" event celebrating authors and libraries will conclude with book signings and light refreshments. Tables will be set up in the library lobby.

Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very, very short). A Pittsburgh native, Josh graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his PhD. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught college English, published three nonfiction books (one about monsters!), and taken part in the movement to protect the environment. Survival Colony 9 is Josh's debut novel, and the sequel is already in the works! Read more about him at

Patricia Harrison Easton is the author of four children's books and two novels for adults. She teaches children's book writing at the Institute for Children's Literature and serves as the regional adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in western Pennsylvania. She resides in McMurray, Pennsylvania. Read more about her on her Facebook page.

Stephanie Keyes' family always accused her of having an "overactive imagination" as a teenager. Now, she's encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers. Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she's a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel. Read more about her at

Carla Mooney is the author of more than 60 nonfiction books for kids and teens. As long as she can remember, she has been in love with reading and writing. She is thrilled to explore new worlds and ideas in each of her books and hopes readers enjoy the journey as much as she has. Carla lives in Gibsonia, PA with her husband and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Read more about her at

Leah Pileggi began writing a journal twenty years ago when her grandmother died leaving many unanswered questions about her life. Leah started the journal as a record of her life for her daughter, but eventually story ideas -- particularly children's stories -- began to emerge. She published a couple of them in Hopscotch Magazine and Fun for Kids. Her first novel, Prisoner 88, is a middle-grade historical novel set at the Idaho Penitentiary in the 1880s. She also published a book of history, How to Design a World-Class Engineering College: A History of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her first-person pieces occasionally appear in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her blog "It's a Wonder-Filled Life" can be found at

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


Looking for some new and delicious recipes? The good cooks at the library are offering 225 of their finest recipes in our first ever library cookbook. Buy one for yourself, or buy copies as gifts – all proceeds benefit the library! Recipes enticing and Delicious (R.E.A.D.) would make a terrific hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Do you need a gift for your pet sitter, beautician or manicurist? What about your child's teachers? Do you ned somethig for a grab bag? The answer to all of these questions is the same: R.E.A.D.! Support your award-winning Peters Township Public Library as you take care of many of your gift-giving needs.

Cookbooks are available at the library 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.

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