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SPECIAL EVENTS

AMERICAN GIRL COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Dress up your American Girl doll and come to a costume party! Girls are welcome to dress up too! Enjoy an American Girl story, video, game, treat and craft. Registration is required. Please register in the Children’s Department.



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 www.pybco.com.

Register for this program online, at the Children's Reference Desk or call 724-941-9430.



TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND HOLIDAY PARTY
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!




HOLIDAY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

HALLOWEEN STORY-TIME: GET SPOOKED!

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Come to our oooky spooky story-time … just in time for Halloween!



THANKSGIVING STORY-TIME

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Gobble-Gobble! Come count your blessings at our Thanksgiving story-time! A non-perishable food donation for our local food pantry is requested.



THE ELF ON THE SHELF KICK OFF PARTY

When: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Santa is sending one of his elves to keep an eye on his friends at the library! Come help us welcome the elf at our Elf on the Shelf Kick Off Party! We will read The Elf on the Shelf, make an elf craft, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while we watch An Elf’s Story (a special movie based on The Elf on the Shelf). Then, every day from December 2-21 children can find the elf hiding somewhere in the library reading a book! If they tell the Children’s Department staff what book the elf is reading they will receive a ticket for a special holiday prize to be raffled off on December 22nd!



FAMILY ORNAMENT NIGHT

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Make special ornaments with the whole family for the holidays. Add some sparkle to your holidays and your holiday gift giving!



EDIBLE HOLIDAY TREATS

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Make beautiful and edible holiday treats with your family. Santa never had better taste or tasted better!



HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Join us for a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol.



FALL PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Fall session: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 14, 2014. Registration begins August 11 for residents, August 18 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 11, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

You can't start too early at the library! In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays, helping them take their first steps toward a lifetime love of books and reading. Register in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 11, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! 20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading. Register in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 12, 2014
When:

Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. or
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Register in the Children's Department.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 12, 2014
When:

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. or
Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Limit: 35 children

They're almost ready to learn on their own -- help them get there with this parent-optional preschool storytime. Stories, games, activities, movies, crafts and more make this 45-minute program a big hit. Register in the Children's Department.


KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME

Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds
Duration: 9 weeks, September 18 - November 13, 2014
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Topic: Tale Twists
Limit: 35 children

This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register in the Children's Department.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks September 19 - November 14, 2014
When: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Have fun and keep fit at the library! Bodies in Motion is a 30-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register in the Children's Department.



TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 10, 2014
When: Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Limit: 20 children

Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Register in the Children's Department.


SCIENCE PROGRAMS FOR AGES 2-5

FAKE BLOOD SCIENCE OCTOBER

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 4 weeks, October 9 - 30, 2014
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.



SWEET SCIENCE NOVEMBER

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 3 weeks, November 6 - 20, 2014
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.


MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

November 1, 2014: Carnival at Candlelight
December 6, 2014: Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
January 3, 2015: Blizzard of the Blue Moon
Imagine you had a magical tree house that could take you to another time and place! Travel with Jack and Annie in their magic tree house when you read a great Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne. Join us for a discussion and activities based on these great books! Register in the Children's Department.


PROGRAMS FOR GRADES ONE AND UP

PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Grades 1 and up
When: Saturdays, September 13, October 18, November 8, December 13, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Come to the library, curl up with a canine companion, and ... you guessed, read! In this program, children in grades 1 and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to these attentive animals. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register in the Children's Department.


GIRLS' BOOK CLUB

Ages: Girls in grades 3 - 6
When: Mondays,

November 10, 2014: Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
December 8, 2014: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
January 12, 2015: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
February 9,2015: All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins
March 9, 2015: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

It's a girls' night! Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks for brain and stomach provided.


LEGO BUILDERS CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 and older
When: 4th Monday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join fellow Lego enthusiasts to create what is only limited by your imagination. Lego's will be provided or feel free to bring your own! The library will gratefully accept Lego donations for our club! Register in the Children's Department.


CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: 4 weeks, September 27 - October 18, 2014
When: Saturdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., native Chinese speaker

This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. Students will learn pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions, please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. Register at the library's circulation desk.


CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: 4 weeks, December 6, 2014 - January 3, 2015 (no session on December 27)
When: Saturdays, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: $35.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., native Chinese speaker

This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. Students will learn pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions, please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. Register at the library's circulation desk.


FINCH ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

Ages: Grades 1 and up
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Limit: 10
Presented by: Peters Township High School students Roy Wang, Matt Gummersbach, and Delaney Wehn

Are you interested in computers? Do you want to increase your reasoning skills? Join us for the Finch Robotics Workshop! The Finch robot is a simple to program, fun-filled robot that allows kids of all ages to learn about computer programming. The workshop will include an introduction to basic programming with Snap! as well as prizes for winning contests. In this day and age, computers are becoming more and more important, begin to learn how to master them! Please note: participants must bring a laptop that has a USB port. Register at the library's circulation desk.


HOMESCHOOLERS' GROUP

Ages: Parents and children grades 1 and up (parents and younger children also welcome)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays beginning October 8, 2014 - May 27, 2015 (no meeting on December 24, 2014)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Attention homeschoolers! Share your experiences and get great tips at the library’s weekly homeschoolers’ group. While the parents facilitate their own idea swap group, their multi-age children will participate in a librarian-led enrichment class. Registration in the Children’s Department is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcomed.


PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS

Ages: For kids and parents of all ages
When:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Wednesday, November 19, 2014: James and the Giant Peach
Time: 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

It's movie night at the library! Bring your whole family as we watch terrific family-friendly movies. We'll provide the popcorn and candy -- you don't even have to buy tickets! What could be better? Just bring a sleeping bag and/or a stuffed animal friend. See you at the movies! Register in the Children's Department.


WILD KRATTS WEDNESDAYS

When: Wednesdays, October 1 - 29, 2014
Time: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a Wild Kratts Episode with Miss Linda!


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

SCULPEY CLAY

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, October 7 - 28, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn techniques with Sculpey clay with some Halloween designs incorporated into the classes. Register at the library’s circulation desk; please see supply list when registering.


WATERCOLOR COLORED PENCILS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, November 4 - 25, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic techniques with watercolor colored pencils and will create some festive winter cards (instructor will supply cardstock). Register at the library’s circulation desk; please see supply list when registering.


WINTER PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Winter session: 9 weeks, January 5 - March 6, 2015. Registration begins December 8 for residents, December 15 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, January 6 - March 3, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

You can't start too early at the library! In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays, helping them take their first steps toward a lifetime love of books and reading. Register in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, January 6 - March 3, 2015
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! 20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading. Register in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, January 5 - March 4, 2015
When:

Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. or
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Register in the Children's Department.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 9 weeks, January 6 - March 4, 2015
When:

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. or
Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Limit: 35 children

They're almost ready to learn on their own -- help them get there with this parent-optional preschool storytime. Stories, games, activities, movies, crafts and more make this 45-minute program a big hit. Register in the Children's Department.


KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME

Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds
Duration: 9 weeks, January 8 - March 5, 2015
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Topic: Ocean Motion
Limit: 35 children

This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register in the Children's Department.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks January 9 - March 6, 2015
When: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Have fun and keep fit at the library! Bodies in Motion is a 30-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register in the Children's Department.



TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, January 5 - March 2, 2015
When: Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Limit: 20 children

Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Register in the Children's Department.


KID SURVEY

Washington County Libraries along with various community partners are creating a webpage specifically for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 4-8 are being asked to provide feedback for developing and adding to the webpage. Please click on the following link if you would like to participate in the survey: Kid Survey  
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