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A complete and detailed list of children's scheduled programs is on this page. Read this month's brochure for a list of featured programs in all departments scheduled this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Fall Animal Fair, Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FALL ANIMAL FAIR

Saturday, September 24, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Love animals? Join us as we celebrate our animal friends at 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. Fun for the whole family!



WQED INQUIRE WITHIN KICK OFF PARTY (with special guest Curious George!)

Saturday, October 1, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Peters Twp Public Library was recently selected to be one of 13 Inquire Within libraries with WQED. Because of this, we will be able to offer MORE wonderful programs featuring your favorite PBS Kids characters. Join us for an afternoon of shows, activities, stories and more to help us celebrate! ALSO you will have a chance to meet a favorite WQED character! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


GREAT HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP

Saturday, October 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The library’s GO Green Club will host the 4th annual “Great Halloween Costume Swap” on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the library. Instead of purchasing new costumes each year, the group aims to encourage the community to swap their slightly used costumes to save resources, packaging, transportation costs, and money. Persons interested in participating can drop off gently used costumes for children, teens or adults on Thursday, Oct.6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Costumes should be in GREAT condition. Participants will get a token for each costume donated. Return on Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with your token and shop for a swap. Any costumes and accessories remaining will be donated to a local charity. Adult and teen volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturday to help with the swap. Email ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.


HOLIDAY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES!

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Come to our spooky storytime … just in time for Halloween!


GIVING THANKS STORYTIME

When: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Enjoy a “thankful” storytime. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for our local food pantry.


ELF ON THE SHELF KICK-OFF

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a party with a story, craft, treat, and a movie as we kick-off the elf on the shelf season. Every day after the party visit the Children’s Department to hunt for the elf and discover what he is reading and enter a drawing for a gift basket.


EDIBLE HOLIDAY TREATS

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Come to our spooky storytime … just in time for Halloween!


WILL SANTA COME TONIGHT?

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Author Joan Dinan will read her book Will Santa Come Tonight? Then we will sing holiday songs, and enjoy a special cookie treat. Mrs. Dinan will be on hand to autograph her book and have shiny gold satchels filled with Enchanted Reindeer Treats available for a special family Christmas Eve activity.


FAMILY ORNAMENT NIGHT

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Add some sparkle to the holidays and your gift giving with a special handmade ornament!


PROGRAMS

FALL PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Fall session: 9 weeks, September 12 - November 11, 2016. Registration begins August 8 for residents, August 15 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 13 - November 8, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymnes, and finger plays. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 13 - November 8, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and love of reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 12 - November 9, 2016
When:

Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 9 weeks, September 13 - November 9, 2016
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, and crafts make this 45-minute program a big hit. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME

Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds
Duration: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 10, 2016
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Topic: Tales from the Vegetable Garden
Limit: 35 children

This program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 11, 2016
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 at the Youth Services Desk.



SCIENCE PROGRAMS

SCIENCE FOR TOTS OCTOBER -- EDIBLE FAKE BLOOD

Ages: 2 and up with a parent (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 3 weeks, Thursdays, October 13 - 27, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25

Please register at the Youth Services Desk.


SCIENCE FOR TOTS NOVEMBER -- BLAST INTO SPACE

Ages: 2 and up with a parent (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 2 sessions, Thursdays, November 3 & 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25

Please register at the Youth Services Desk.


MAGIC SCHOOL BUS SCIENCE EXPLORER

Ages: Preschool and up with a parent (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 6 weeks, Mondays, September 12, 26, October 17, 24, November 14, 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Limit: 25

Please register at the Youth Services Desk.


PROGRAMS FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN AND UP (please look at individual programs for any age restrictions)

MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

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

October 1, 2016: Monday with a Mad Genius
November 5, 2016: Moonlight on the Magic Flute
December 3, 2016: Stallion by Starlight
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 at the Youth Services Desk.


GIRLS' BOOK CLUB

Ages: Girls in grades 3 - 6
When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

October 8, 2016: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
November 12, 2016: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
December 10, 2016: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks provided. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


CHESS WITH A CHAMPION

Ages: Grades 1 - 6
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Peter Vuljanic, a champion chess player, will offer free chess instruction and tips to children in grades 1 through 6 and all skill levels. Registration at the Youth Services Desk is requested.



LEGO BUILDERS CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 and older
When: 4th Tuesday 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 at the Youth Services Desk.


FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JR. KICK-OFF

Ages: 6 to 10
When: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love – LEGO. Guided by adult coaches, teams explore a real-world scientific challenge, create a poster of discovery, and construct a motorized model of what they learned, all in a non-competitive environment. The 2016-2017 challenge is CREATURE CRAZE. Come to hear what it is all about and join a team! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


JR. STUDENTS ACTIVE FOR ENVIRONMENT (SAFE) CLUB

Ages: Grades 4 - 8
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, beginning September 12, 2016
Time: Immediately after school (3:15 - 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Immediately after school (3:15 to 3:45 p.m.) to 5 p.m. Interested in learning more about the beautiful planet we call home? Kids in grades 4 through 8 are invited to join our Jr. SAFE Club. Assisted by members of the PTHS SAFE Club, every session will explore a different environmental theme or issue. We’ll have lots of fun hands-on activities while learning about our world.


CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 2 - 8
Duration: 5 weeks, October 1 - 29, 2016
When: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $50.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., (native Chinese speaker); more about Chen at www.chenchinese.com

This class will combine Mandarin Chinese lessons and an extensive range of culture activities to make sure our students get the most out of their experience at Chinese language. This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. The basic pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures will be introduced in the program. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. 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, September 14, 2016 - May 24, 2017
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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


PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

WILD KRATTS WEDNESDAYS

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: Every Wednesday
Time: Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Join Miss Linda for a Wild Kratts episode! Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch. Children will take home a worksheet or coloring page. Register at the Youth Services Desk.



A NIGHT WITH WQED

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come and view a new or loved WQED PBS program and enjoy an activity. Upcoming features include Peg & Cat on October 13. Register at the Youth Services Desk.



FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 6:45 p.m. until movie is done
Upcoming movies:

October 20, 2016: Finding Nemo (G, 100 minutes)
November 17, 2016: Finding Dory (G, 97 minutes)
December 15, 2016: Polar Express (G, 100 minutes)
Time: 6:45 p.m. until movie is done (unless otherwise noted)

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 at the Youth Services Desk.


PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Children in preschool and up
When: Saturdays, September 10, October 8, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Come to the library, curl up with a canine companion, and ... you guessed, read! In this program, children in preschool and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to an attentive animal. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

ACRYLIC PAINTING

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 3 weeks, October 11, 18, November 1, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $13.00 plus supplies

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques. Register at the library's circulation desk. Please see supply list when registering.


WATERCOLOR PENCILS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, November 8 - 29, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $13.00 plus supplies

Students will learn basic techniques with watercolor pencils, with one session devoted to cartoon drawing. Register at the library’s circulation desk. Please see supply list when registering.


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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