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Meredith Grelli

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Meredith Grelli, co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey

American Whiskey was born in Pittsburgh and the city’s history – from frontier town to industrial center – was shaped by whiskey. At this program you will learn how Pittsburgh made America’s original drink and how Wigle Whiskey, the city’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, is bringing our heritage back home.

Meredith Grelli is co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey. When she’s not at the distillery, she teaches New Product Development in Chatham University’s Food Studies Program. Before Wigle, Grelli worked in brand management at the Heinz Company, went to business school at Carnegie Mellon University, cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, worked in Urban Redevelopment efforts and studied urban history at the University of Chicago.

Whiskey Insurrection Wigle Whiskey is named for a good-natured gentleman who was sentenced to hang for his unsinkable love of whiskey. In 1794, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector. He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops. Wigle Whiskey is working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by these rebellious distillers. They make spirits much the same way Phillip Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey – with a copper pot and fresh local, organic ingredients.

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.

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.

Library Continues Civil War Programming as part of 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War


Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Rea Andrew Redd

In recognition of the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln’s most famous speech, Rea Andrew Redd presents a program at the library.

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”. Of the 165,000 soldiers at the battle, 46,000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing which is 28 out of every 100 soldiers. Burying the dead, caring for the wounded and prisoners, and Lincoln’s cemetery dedication speech will be covered. Redd will also present on the Battle of Gettysburg’s emergency medical situation, the farms used as hospitals, and the creation of the national cemetery at Gettysburg. Canonsburg-native Jonathan Letterman, known as the pioneer of battlefield emergency medical care, will be discussed. Redd will also show and discuss an American Civil War surgeon’s equipment.

Rea Andrew Redd is a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania. He received a Master’s Degree in History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently he is the Director of the Eberly Library, Waynesburg University, where he also serves as an Instructor of American History. Since 1993 Rea Andrew Redd has reenacted the American Civil War as a Federal Infantry, A Federal Medical Service Captain, and as President Lincoln. Redd is the author of The Gettysburg Campaign Study Guide, Volume I (2012) and Volume II (2014).Visit his blog at Civil War Librarian.

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

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.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
6:00 p.m.

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!

Enjoy 2015


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.


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.


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.


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

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!
Tickets are available at the library, online at, 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 or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.

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