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TASTE OF THE TOWNSHIP
Friday, April 25, 2014
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Valley Brook Country Club
Cost: $50.00 per ticket


 

Mark your calendar to reserve this date for an evening of fabulous food, dancing and unique auction items. Tickets are available at the library's circulation desk. Proceeds benefit the Peters Township Public Library.

 

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters and the Peters Township Public Library

Back by popular demand! The library, in cooperation with the Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters, will be hosting a photography contest. Three categories will be judged; photos of people, landscape, and animals. The 1st prize in each category will be $25.00; 2nd prize will be $10.00, and 3rd prize will be a certificate.

Deadline for entries to be submitted is Friday, April 25, 2014. There is a $3.00 fee per entry and a maximum of three entries per person. Photographic prints must be no smaller than 5” x 7” and no larger than 8.5” x 11”. Prints may not be framed or mounted, and may be delivered to the library’s circulation desk. Each entry must have a completed entry form (available at the circulation desk) along with the $3.00 fee. Cash or checks will be accepted. Checks may be made out to: Friends of the Peters Township Public Library.

Winning photographs will be on display at the library from May 6 – 13. Entrants wishing to pick up their photographs may do so between May 14 - 20.

Click here for a copy of the rules and requirements for the photography contest. Click here for an entry form. For additional information, please contact Jim McNutt at jpgh1001@yahoo.com.

Contest restricted to amateur photographers. Members of Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters or their relatives are not eligible to participate.

 


Kathleen George

AN EVENING WITH KATHLEEN GEORGE

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kathleen George, Author and Professor of Theatre Arts and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh

The 125th anniversary of the devastating Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood will be observed on May 31, 2014. Thousands perished in what was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history at the time. The Johnstown Girls, by Johnstown native and acclaimed mystery writer Kathleen George, will be released in April 2014. George’s fictional tale focuses on Ellen Emerson, who may be the last living survivor of theJohnstown Girls flood, and what happened to her twin sister, from whom she was separated by the deluge. She was only four years old on May 31, 1889, when twenty million tons of water decimated her hometown.

Join us as George reads excerpts from The Johnstown Girls as well as another recently published title Measure of Blood. A question and answer period will follow the readings. Copies of these titles will be available for purchasing and signing after the program. Visit www.kathleengeorge.com to learn more about the author.

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


GO GREEN CLUB "GREEN WEDNESDAYS" FILM SERIES
Wednesdays, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, 2014
Films start screening at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as the Peters Township Public Library GO Green Club hosts screenings of environmentally-focused films on the the first Wednesdays of March - June. Titles include:

Carbon Nation The library screened Carbon Nation on March 5. A copy is available for circulation if you missed the screening. Click here to watch the trailer.






Trashed The library screened Trashed - No Place for Waste (2012) on April 2. A copy is available for circulation if you missed the screening. Click here to watch the trailer.






Switch May 7: Switch (2012) Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here to register.




Chasing Ice June 4: Chasing Ice (2012) The story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here to register.

You may also register for the film screenings at the library's circulation desk or by calling 724-941-9430.

The library’s GO Green Club’s mission 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. For more information about the film series or the club, email ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com.


CIVIL WAR 150! WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Elaine Frantz Parsons, Associate Professor of History at Duquesne University

The Civil War reshaped cultural ideas of what it meant to be a woman. A small but influential group of northern women had launched a women's rights movement just a few years before the war's beginning: the war posed both challenges and opportunities for these reformers. Women’s rights advocates helped with the war effort, and used the war to make a case for further political, economic, and legal rights. The war disrupted traditional households, often allowing, or requiring, women to take on new roles. At the same time, the disruption of the war made many men and women, northern and southern, nostalgic for a return to traditional ways. Many freedpeople rushed to assume the domestic life that they had so long been denied. This talk explores the tensions between the reformist and traditionalist impulses.

Dr. Parsons’ work focuses on social movements and popular culture in the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Her first book Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) explores the social meanings of saloon violence. She is currently completing a book about the Ku Klux Klan, Constructing the Ku Klux: The Ku Klux Klan and the Modernization of the Reconstruction-Era South. She is the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for the study of violence in culture.

Peters Township Public Library is one of three sites throughout the United States to receive an additional Civil War 150! programming grant. Civil War 150! is a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During spring 2014, we will host two programs focusing on Civil War themes. Register for this program online, -->at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


CIVIL WAR 150! AMERICAN POETRY AND THE CIVIL WAR

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Faith Barrett, Associate Professor of English at Duquesne University

The American Civil War prompted an extraordinary outpouring of poetry by men and women from all walks of life. These writers turned to poetry to define their relationships to nation, region, home, and family, constructs that were all destabilized by the war. In reading a group of literary and popular poets, as well as work by women, African Americans and soldiers, this talk will argue that the nationalist “we” and the personal “I” are not opposed in the poetry of this era; rather they are related positions on a continuous spectrum of potential stances. Americans on both sides of the conflict believed that poetry had an important role to play in defining national identity. While the Civil War clearly changed American poetry, it is also the case that the Civil War poetry changed the way Americans understood their relationship to the nations of the Union, the Confederacy, and the United States.

Dr. Barrett coedited with Cristanne Miller Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry (U Mass, 2005). She is the author of To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave: American Poetry and the Civil Wa (U Mass, 2012), and she has published articles on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Abraham Lincoln.

Peters Township Public Library is one of three sites throughout the United States to receive an additional Civil War 150! programming grant. Civil War 150! is a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During spring 2014, we will host two programs focusing on Civil War themes. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


R.E.A.D. LIBRARY COOKBOOK (RECIPES: ENTICING AND DELICIOUS!)
 

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.
 


WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT THE LIBRARY!

Tickets for Washington Symphony Orchestra concerts are now available at the library. Tickets will be available one month prior to the concert. Unless otherwise noted, all regular season concerts take place at Trinity High School and start promptly at 8:00 p.m. Upcoming concerts include:

Saturday, May 3, 2014: Cue the Music
 
Tickets are $20.00 per adult (ages 18-64), $15.00 for youth (grades K - 12), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 65+). There are free music student tickets available at the door for any students Kindergarten through college who take private music lessons. They will be asked to fill out a form when picking up a ticket at the door -- free tickets are not available at the library. Please visit www.washsym.org for more information.

 

 


ORAL HISTORY DISPLAY

As part of an oral history project to record and preserve the history of the township through personal interviews with past and present residents, the library is currently offering a display about life in Peters Township. Pictures on display include various facets of the history of the township including farm life, education, transportation, government, recreation, churches and industry. Take a few moments next time you visit to see how life in the township has evolved over time.  



 
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