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SPECIAL EVENTS

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.


LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

For those interested in joining the "Book Club for Adults" or the "Evening Book Club for Adults", please contact a member of the library reference staff at (724) 941-9430. You may obtain book club selections directly from the Reference Department.

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

April 16, 2014: Rebels From West Point by Gerard A. Patterson

May 21, 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

June 18, 2014: Planning Meeting

July 16, 2014: Work Song by Ivan Doig

August 20, 2014: My Faraway Home: an American Family's WWII Tale of Adventure and Survival in the Jungles of the Philippines by Mary McKay Maynard
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room.' Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 327 for information.


EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

April 9, 2014: Defending Jacob by William Landay
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 327 for information.


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

April 30, 2014: Suspect by Robert Crais
The Mystery Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call Peter Stamoolis at 724-941-9430 ext. 252 for more information.


PROGRAMS

ROBERT QUALTERS: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MYTHOLOGIESRobert Qualters

When: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Robert Qualters

Join us as Pittsburgh artist legend Robert Qualters talks about his life as an artist. Qualters’ style, familiar to many Pittsburghers, features the artist’s commentary, appearing as cursive text, in the borders of his work. In four decades he has had more than 30 solo shows in galleries and museums in the region, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, and has created more than two dozen public murals and site-specific installations, including commissions from Mercy Hospital, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Three Rivers Arts Festival, and Oxford Development. He has also created more than a dozen murals with Pittsburgh high school students.

Qualters holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA from Syracuse University. He has taught painting at the State University of New York, Oswego; University of Pittsburgh; Carlow College; Slippery Rock State University; Indiana University of PA; West Virginia University; and Carnegie Mellon University. He has also been artist-in-residence at CAPA (Pittsburgh's High School for Creative and Performing Arts).

A retrospective of his work is currently on display at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, running through April 20, 2014. The exhibit was curated by Vicky A. Clark, who is the author of the recently published Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase after the program.

To see a February 15, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies, click here. Visit www.qualtersart.com to learn more about the artist.

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


INTRODUCTION TO STAMP COLLECTING

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Richard Landa

Stamp collecting is a hobby that lets you re-live history, travel to the lands of your ancestors, learn more about our country, and capture wild animals! Where else can you meet kings and queens, world leaders, athletes and entertainers without leaving the comfort of your home? Come and learn the basics of stamp collecting. Beginning with the February, 2014 issue, copies of the American Philatelist will be available for study in the 2nd floor periodical area. A new Stamp Club has started meeting at the library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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


THE BEST VACATION ... STAYCATION IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Tinsy Labrie, Vice President, Marketing, VisitPITTSBURGH

From National Geographic Travele to Forbes.com, Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit. CBS This Morning recently touted Pittsburgh as one of the "six places you wouldn't think to visit, but should in 2014!" Join Tinsy Labrie as she provides insight on how to be a tourist in “The Burgh.” VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County. Labrie has been promoting and packaging Pittsburgh as a leisure travel destination for 15 years for persons just like us! You will learn about family fun, tours and sightseeing, outdoor adventure, museums, performing and visual arts and other fun activities. In her presentation, Ms. Tinsy will highlight historic sites like the Duquesne Incline, Fort Pitt Museum, Heinz History Center, along with family attractions including the Zoo, Science Center, National Aviary and more! There will be giveaways on the day of the program; stay tuned for additional details.

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


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.


GOOD FRIENDS ARE COMFORT FOOD FOR THE SOUL -- THE FIVE ESSENTIAL FRIENDSHIPS THAT ENHANCE OUR LIVES

When: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Christine Mabon

According to the Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, one of the best things a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman, but one of the best things a woman can do for her health is to nurture the relationships with her girlfriends.

Women with a network of friendships tend to live longer, healthier, happier lives. In our modern society, many women neglect these essential relationships as our lives become busy with school, career, children and their activities, home and family responsibilities. This comes at a high price as it can be detrimental to our well being. It is in our best interest to balance the demands of modern life with the support of friendships.

When Christine Mabon’s husband, Jeff suffered a fatal heart attack at 44 years old, she came to realize the significance of friendship in her life. Women came in many sizes, shapes and colors to support, sustain and enrich her life in so many ways. Join us as she shares her story about the importance of friendship with others. You can learn more about Christine Mabon by visiting her website at www.christinemabon.com. In addition, you can read about her in the February 12, 2014 edition of USA Today here.

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


HAPPY HOME = HAPPY YOU!

When: Tuessday, May 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Sandra Lane, Certified Professional Organizer

Studies show that the environment you live and work in can have an effect on your overall health. Learn tips on how to de-clutter, organize and create a more peaceful, healthful and productive environment.

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




Vanity Case Planter

TRASH TO TREASURE

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00
Presented by: Nancy Vejlstrup, Penn State Master Gardener and Exhibit Designer for Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh

Come and be inspired by this all-new “Trash to Treasure” program and learn to look at everyday objects differently. Just because an item can no longer be used for its original purpose doesn’t mean that it should be headed for the trash pile! Three different pieces will be transformed into clever, creative planters, complete with green and blooming plants.

You will become the envy of your neighborhood as you learn how to create your own Trash to Treasure unique containers. Participants will receive handouts with ideas/suggestions along with photographs to help them get started on their own repurposed planters.

You will become the envy of your neighborhood as you learn how to create your own Trash to Treasure unique containers. Participants will receive handouts with ideas/suggestions along with photographs to help them get started on their own repurposed planters.

As part of “Trash to Treasure” event at the library, Nancy will be creating a centerpiece (from a birdcage) for our lobby to be raffled the evening of the program. Raffle tickets will be available for $5.00 per ticket or 4 tickets for $15.00. Each participant registering for the “Trash to Treasure” program will be given a free raffle ticket at the time of registration. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.


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.


HELP THE BIRDS -- MAKE A MINI GARDEN LOOM

When: Monday, June 2, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: 25.00 for supplies
Presented by: Andrea Marquis

Did you know there are many benefits to attracting birds to your yard, porch, or garden? Not only are birds beautiful and interesting to watch, they also can help control your pest insect population, pollinate plants, and even keep weeds under control by eating the seeds! In addition to providing extra food and water to welcome birds, consider building them a mini garden loom, which can hold extra snacks and nest-building materials. A garden loom is a fun and easy project, does not require special tools, and is a great way to recycle many items and add an ever-changing decoration to your outdoor space. Participants will make their own garden loom to take home.

Register for this program 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.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a monthly discussion series featuring topics pertaining to World War II. Participants meet to share their knowledge accumulated over the years through personal experience, reading, historical programs, and other resources.

Register at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430 to register. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 724.941.9430 ext. 327.


Wii SPORTS FOR SENIORS

When: Every Monday
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Seniors, do you love to golf, but don't want to deal with the weather? Maybe you were a bowler, but your arthritis keeps you from lifting the ball. Stay active in the comfort of the Peters Township Public Library. We'll use the large plasma TV and Nintendo Wii in the Teen Reading Room to stay fit. Join us and learn to play Wii Sports!

Peters Township teens will walk you through the use of the Wii-mote, a light-weight, motion-detecting controller that you swing like a golf club, baseball bat, bowling ball or tennis racquet. The benefit of Wii Sports is evident and being used in many senior living communities, and physical therapists are beginning to integrate the Wii into their every day routines. Bring a friend or two and give it a try! No registration required -- just drop in!


"ROOTS" GENEALOGY CLUB

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month (Please note: the April 8, 2014 meeting will be at Citizens Library, same time)
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Christi Harriger

Interested in learning more about your roots? Join us for an informal gathering as we share resources, information and methods for exploring your family's history. All are welcome. Memorabilia and other items of interest are encouraged! Register at the library's circulation desk.


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY STAMP CLUB

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Richard Landa

Stamp collecting is a hobby that lets you re-live history, travel to the lands of your ancestors, learn more about our country, and capture wild animals! Where else can you meet kings and queens, world leaders, athletes and entertainers without leaving the comfort of your home? Come and learn the basics, expand your collection and meet with others who share your interests. Beginning with the February, 2014 issue, copies of the American Philatelist will be available for study in the 2nd floor periodical area.

For more information please call (412) 653-0229. Register at the library's circulation desk.


HOMEBOUND DELIVERY

The Peters Township Public Library offers a homebound delivery service. Library materials are selected, picked up and delivered to Peters Township residents, regardless of age, who are unable to come to the Library because of a temporary or permanent physical, visual, or other limitation.

To apply, either complete a Homebound Delivery Reader Information Form and return it to the Library or contact Mrs. Lee at Library at (724) 941-9430 ext. 321.

Materials available for circulation include books, large print books, audio books, videos, DVD's, CD's, and magazines. Items are delivered by a Library volunteer every three weeks. Requests for renewals may be granted if there are no holds on the item, with the exception of videos and DVD's, which cannot be renewed.

Volunteers needed!

Homebound delivery is a volunteer-driven service. If you are interested in meeting and helping others, and are able and willing to deliver items to meet a real, growing need of those in your community, please call (724) 941-9430 ext. 321. 

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