ROCK STAR: THE MAKING OF MUSICAL ICONS FROM ELVIS TO SPRINGSTEEN
Sunday, October 26, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: David R. Shumway, Author and Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University
“All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars,” states David Shumway in his introduction to Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen. In his most recent book published September 2014, Shumway looks at rock icons including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. In his review of the book in the blog New Books, Marshal Zeringue writes David Shumway’s Rock Stars “Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.”
During his presentation, Shumway will focus on how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music,
concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He also will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music
David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
A book signing and reception will follow the program; books will be offered at a special price for the program. Click here to view a video of Professor Shumway discussing Rock Star. 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”
PICK-UP LINES THAT WORK: POWERFUL OPENINGS IN YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
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 leahpileggi.blogspot.com/.
Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.
NUTCRACKER STORY TIME
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us at the library for this family friendly event featuring dancers from the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company & School (PYBCO). Come listen to the adventures of Clara, Mouse King and the Nutcracker! Children will enjoy meeting favorite characters, make a craft, and color a masterpiece for a chance to win performance tickets for PYBCO's Nutcracker on December 5,6 or 7! For more information about the school, please visit
Register for this program online, at the Children's Reference Desk or call 724-941-9430.
TRINITY BELL CHOIR
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: the Trinity Bell Choir of Trinity United Methodist Church
Join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday bell music. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library after the performance.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND HOLIDAY PARTY
Join us at the library for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Party, held in partnership with the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department. Festivities will include lighting
and decorating the outdoors township tree at 6:00, followed by holiday caroling. Refreshments, visits with Santa, and holiday crafts for
children will also be offered in the library. It’s a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit and spend time with family and friends!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
ENJOY... 2015 COUPON BOOKS ON SALE AT THE LIBRARY
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the sale of Enjoy...2015 Coupon Books. The coupon books are available at the circulation desk for $30.00. Proceeds benefit the library.
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.
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.
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, December 6, 2014: Ho Ho Ho with the WSO
Tickets are available at the library, online at www.washsym.org, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS. Tickets are also available at Washington Financial bank braches and Citizens Library. Tickets are $22.00 per adult (ages 18-64), $17.00 for youth (grades K - 12), and $17.00 for seniors (ages 65+). Season tickets are on sale now at a signficant discount by going to www.washsym.org or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.
Sunday, December 7, 2014: Ho Ho Ho with the WSO (3:00 p.m. matinee performance)
Saturday, February 14, 2015: Love Hurts
Sunday, March 8, 2015: Up Close and Personal (3:00 matinee performance; tickets are $10.00 and sold only online or at the door. Location is the First Baptist Church, Wheeling & College Sts., Washington, PA)
Saturday, May 2, 2015: For Honor and Glory!
In Community Peters Township Magazine
August / September 2014