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  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

Matt Friedman


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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come to the library and help save area patients by donating blood!

The need for blood products in our region is critical, especially with Labor Day approaching. The Central Blood Bank will be conducting a Blood Drive in the Peters Township Public Library's Multi-Purpose Room on August 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All participating donors will receive 2 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets to a future home game as a thank you (tickets will be mailed arfter the blood drive).

Appointments can be made by visiting Click on "Make an Appointment" and search for sponsor code C594. You may also call Alice at 412-209-7213. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Please remember to eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of fluids, and get a good night’s rest before donating. Also remember to bring a valid ID. Each donation helps save three lives! Click here to read about area patients.

WCCF Gives

Washington County Community Foundation Day of Giving
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Want to help the library and increase the value of your online donation? During the Washington County Community Foundation Day of Giving, every donation you make to the library will receive a percentage of a $100,000 matching pool of funds. Please visit our charity profile page on the Washington County Community Foundation website on Wednesday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. to make a donation to support the library!

Thank you for your help!

Animal Fair

Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fun for the whole family! Love animals? Join us as we celebrate our animal friends of the library. Check out and/or adopt a new pet friend, learn about pet care, and all things pet related. We’ll be visited by local shelters, vets, trainers, stores and more. Prizes and giveaways for you and your animal friend! Please bring a pet supply donation for the Washington County Humane Society, our local shelter. No need to register, just stop by during fair hours.

Great Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do your part to have a “Green Halloween” this year and join us for the GO Green Club’s Great Halloween Costume Swap Day. Why purchase a new costume when you can swap instead and save resources, packaging, transportation costs, AND money?

On Thursday, October 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. OR Friday, October 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. drop off your used but in GREAT condition adult or children’s costumes at the library and get a ticket for the swap. Come back to the library on October 11 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with your ticket and shop for your swap. Watch for more details about this event in early September. Want to help with the Swap? Email to volunteer!


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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