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

READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

August 19, 2015: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

September 16, 2015: My Antonia by Willa Cather

October 21, 2015: On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt

November 18, 2015: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

December 16, 2015: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

January 20, 2016: Planning Meeting

February 17, 2016: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Afternoon Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for more information.



EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

August 12, 2015: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

September 9, 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

October 14, 2015: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

November 11, 2015: Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke

December 9, 2015: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

January 13, 2016: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

February 10, 2016: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

March 9, 2016: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 13, 2016: Planning Meeting

May 11, 2016: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

June 8, 2016: Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

July 13, 2016: A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

The Evening Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724.941.9430, ext. 3270 for more information.



MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

August 25, 2015: Last Whisper in the Dark by Tom Piccirilli

September 29, 2015: Headline Murders by David W. Rees

October 27, 2015: Gallows View by Peter Robinson

The Mystery Book Club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call Peter Stamoolis at 724.941.9430 ext. 5767 for more more information.



PROGRAMS

2015 Potluck Dinner

6TH ANNUAL LOCAL FOODS POTLUCK DINNER

When: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Hosted by: the Peters Township Public Library Go Green Club and Cooking Club

The whole community is invited to celebrate the season's bounty at our 6th Annual Local Foods Potluck Dinner - always a popular event! Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish for 6 - 8 people to share made with locally grown foods or some samples from their home gardens. Bring along your recipe to share with the group. Registration is required to attend the potluck dinner. Email programs@ptlibrary.org or stop by the library's circulation desk by Wednesday, August 5. For more information, email the GO Green Club at ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com.



BEGINNER'S SEWING CLASS

Ages: 13 and older
When: Thursdays, September 3 and 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Limit: 4
Cost: $20.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Rhonda Skiles

No prior sewing experience needed. Get started with the basics - students will learn how read a pattern, learn sewing terminology, and apply their newly learned techniques by making their very own pillowcase in just two easy sessions.If you have a sewing machine you would like to use, please feel free to bring it to class. Otherwise, machines will be provided. Please see supply list when registering. Supplies will be needed for the first day of class. Any questions please email rhonda.skiles@gmail.com



MEDICARE 101

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Adele Dean, Apprise Regional Coordinator

Our nation's health care system has gone through a historic transformation. The Medicare program continues to provide important benefits as the health insurance program for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. Adele Dean, Regional APPRISE Coordinator, will present a PowerPoint program (about 45 minutes - 1 hour) on Medicare and the APPRISE Program. Handouts and New to Medicare packets will be available for participants, and she will also screen participants for assistance programs such as PACE/PACENET, Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program. This session will also provide detailed information about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Adele Dean is the Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging's APPRISE Program; she coordinates the program for 18 counties in Western PA and works for the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

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



THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE: MAKING YOUR LATER HALF YOUR GREATER HALF

When: Monday, September 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Carmen Accetta, M.S. Ed.

The second half of life, while daunting in some respects, is a fertile season in our lives for transformation: for healing, for remaking meaning and for responding to our soul’s deeper longing. The challenges of the second half of life, including retirement, an empty nest, and loss of loved ones can be seen as opportunities to re-evaluate our lives and move towards making our later years more vital, meaningful and purposeful. Come and learn the importance of conscious passage through the second half of life and how you can use this time to experience personal transformation.

Carmen Accetta is a psychotherapist with over 28 years of counseling experience.

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



COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Discover the ins and outs of how to pay for college at our annual College Financial Aid Night. A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will discuss a variety of methods to finance a college education, as well as looking at alternatives to the traditional college experience. High school parents and students are invited to the presentation by Jayeann Harr, Higher Education Access Partner from PHEAA, which will describe all federal and PA-state financial aid programs, scholarships and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application processes. Other topics will include how colleges award aid to families and how financial aid deadline dates interface with the college admissions process. Loan rates and interest rates for students and parents will also be explained.

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



HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS

Duration: 4 sessions
Dates:

Wednesdays, September 30, October 7, 21, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. (meet at the library and go to alternate location for photos
Minimum: 6
Maximum: 15
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Jim McNutt, Observer Reporter photojournalist for 45 years and former Adjunct Professor at Washington & Jefferson College for 22 years.

Grab your camera and head to the library to learn how to take great pictures. You will learn how to see photo possibilities, compose better images, and how to use your camera more effectively. Jim McNutt's work can be viewed at www.facebook.com/jim.mcnutt.photos. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk.



SAFE HOLIDAY ONLINE SHOPPING

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Kevin Coleman

Every year law enforcement and cyber security professionals warn holiday online shoppers about the ever present dangers of cyber scams and crime. Once the holiday shopping season has ended numerous reports are issued about how criminals were able to rob shoppers of some of their holiday cheer. Everyone is at risk. This presentation will provide some tips to help online shoppers avoid becoming a victim.

Kevin Coleman is a dynamic speaker, author, advisor, and visionary who presents insights on strategy, innovation, creativity and the high velocity technology era that is imminent. For over two decades he has advised leaders of business, government, industry and the military on the issues and opportunities created by new technology. He has spoken at some of the world's most prestigious organizations including the UN, before Congress, U.S. Strategic Command and multiple Fortune 200 organizations and conferences providing a glimpse into the future world that emerging technology is about to create.

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



ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

BEADING CLUB

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 12 and up
Facilitator: Karen Krohner

Come one, come all, come bead! Bring your UFO's (unfinished beaded "objects"), or begin a new project. Sit and bead in the company of other bead fanatics. Help is available, if needed. Facilitated by Karen Krohner of Beads 2 Wear. You may register for this program online or at the library's circulation desk. To register online, please select the date(s) you plan on attending from the following list:

No meeting in August
September 16, 2015 - register online here
October 21, 2015 - register online here
November 18, 2015 - register online here
December 16, 2015 - register online here



INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration: 4 weeks,

September 8 - 28, 2015 (Please note Tuesday start date due to library being closed on September 7)
and / or
October 5 - 26, 2015
When: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 per 4-week session (includes a start-up kit with crochet hook and yarn)
Maximum: 6
Instructor: Cathy Layton

Join us for a 4-week class to learn the basics of this old, now-new-again art of crochet. We'll enjoy learning about the originality of this craft and see how to use it in decorative and creative ways that are limited only by your imagination. It's not just about afghans! Register at the library's circulation desk. Please make sure to register before the first class so instructor knows how many kits to bring.



CROCHET CLUB

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Join us at the library for all things crochet! Bring your new or unfinished projects to work on while spending time with others who share your interest. The club is not intended for beginners - for those wanting to learn how to crochet, please consider attending an Introduction to Crochet class offered periodically (usually in September, October, April and May) throughout the year.



COMPUTER PROGRAMS

DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND AND LIMITED CLASS SIZES, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ON COMPUTER CLASSES HELD AT THE LIBRARY.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

Please register no later than the day before the class is to be held.

ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED COMPUTER INSTRUCTION BY APPOINTMENT
Would you like to use a computer but find it to be too much of a challenge? Perhaps you can't decide where to start. Do you wish there was somewhere you could go to get the help you need and have your questions answered? The library offers a"one-on-one" computer instruction service. A staff member or volunteer will spend 30 minutes with you to answer your computer questions. Contact Peter Stamoolis at 724.941.9430 ext. 5767 to schedule an appointment. A valid Peters Township Public Library card is required for this free session.



ONE-ON-ONE INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING

Are you interested in learning more about the library's 3-D printers? For a basic, 20-minute introduction, please contact Peter Stamoolis at the library at 724.941.9430, ext. 5767 to make an appointment. The library also offers more in-depth programs about the 3-D printers. Upcoming programs are listed with our other computer programs.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 2

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class covers compatibility issues and quick review, using formulas, functions and dressing up a spreadsheet. Basic spreadsheet data entry skills are required. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3.



PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Learn how to produce a slick newsletter for your group using MSWORD. Includes how to set up columns, include photos, artwork and tables. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10.



GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Students will learn how to use the library's resources to help you search for your roots. The lesson covers how to use the Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition databases. Learning how to Google will also be covered. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17.



BEGINNERS PC TOOLKIT

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

In this class students will learn how to use software tools in Windows to accomplish many common and useful tasks. Students will learn to work with directories, select and copy material, keyboard key combinations, useful Windows programs and many other tricks. This class is hands-on; basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Please note: there is no charge for this class. Register for this program at the library's circulation desk, or call 724.941.9430. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24.



3D DESIGN AND PRINTING

When: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class will introduce the use of 3D design software to design objects to be printed out. The various input and output file types will be explained, and the conversion of the output from the design software to printable machine files will be demonstrated. Objects will be printed out on several of our 3D printers. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31.



INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 25
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class is a demonstration of how to perform various common tasks with Photoshop Elements. Tasks like cropping, eliminating unwanted objects from a photo, and color and lighting adjustments will be covered. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5.



WORD PROCESSING 1

When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

In this class, students will learn how to create and save documents, work with text, format characters and paragraphs, print documents, and discuss compatibility issues related to the Microsoft Office 2007 programs at the library. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14.



WORD PROCESSING 2

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

In this class, students will learn about indents, tabs and tables, automating tasks, formatting pages, styles and themes, and discuss compatibility issues related to the Microsoft Office 2007 programs at the library. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21.



WORD PROCESSING 3

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

In this class, students will learn about templates, multiple columns, adding graphics, mail merge, and discuss compatibility issues related to the Microsoft Office 2007 programs at the library. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk. Advanced registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28.



ONGOING PROGRAMS

COOKING CLUB (no meeting in June or July)

When: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Cost: $7.00
Topic: To be announced

Love to cook? The Cooking Club needs you! We are looking for professional or home cooks who would like to spend a few hours sharing their knowledge about a particular cuisine or culinary skill through a program at the library. The Cooking Club meets at the library in the Meeting Room. A date and time can be selected at your convenience, and you will be reimbursed for food costs.

Please email caweaver@ptlibrary if you are interested or for more information. For more information about upcoming Fun for Foodies programs at the library, sign up to receive emails through the library's e-newsletter subscription. Any other questions, please email the club at ptplcookingclub@gmail.com.



COUPON CLUB

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Brenda Moore

Are you interested in learning how to save money in your monthly budget? Then the Peters Township Public Library Couponing Club is for you! Join is as we meet to swap coupons, exchange ideas and strategies for using coupons, and maintain the Coupon Swap Box in the library. Bring a pair of scissors to clip coupons during our lively and informative discussions. It's always a fun, profitable evening with the Couponing Club! Register at the library's circulation desk.



ROOTS GENEALOGY CLUB

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
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.



GO GREEN CLUB

When: 3rd Monday of the month (no meeting in June or July)
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Are you interested in learning to live lightly on the planet? If so, please join us for our next GO Green Club meeting. The mission of the PTPL GO Green Club is to provide the community with educational resources through programs, library materials, and volunteer activities to help create a more environmentally- friendly and responsible lifestyle. Please email the library at ptplgogreenclub@gmail.com if you plan on attending. If you do not have email, you may register at the library's circulation desk.

Check out our "Living the Green Life" blog for "green" library programs and other green links.



PHOTO CLUB

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May (the club does not meet in June, July and August)
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 (annual dues)

The Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters Photography Club meets in the library on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August. The club, begun in 1981, is dedicated to providing a forum where members can learn from guest speakers and from other members techniques to improve their photography -- both film and digital. An annual juried exhibition provides an opportunity for members to display their photographic skills. Annual dues for the calendar year are $15.00, payable in January to the club treasurer. Please click here to see the most recent copy of Western Pennsylvania Lensshooters.



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.



Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday except for the last Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:30 a.m - Noon

Do you love to golf or play tennis but don't want to deal with the weather? Like to bowl but not keen on lifting a heavy bowling 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. 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. Bring a friend or two and give it at try! No registration required -- just drop in!



WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP

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

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.



WRITER'S WORKSHOP

When:

Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
or
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 per month
Leader: Pat Easton

The Writer's Workshop meets weekly at the library and focuses on writing for children and teenagers. Please contact Pat Easton at peaston@washjeff.edu if interested in joining. Anyone with an interest in this area is encouraged to contact the instructor. Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable as well as work for the magazine or book market industry.



ADULT WRITING WORKSHOP

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (Please note: in June, July and August the Adult Writing Workshop will only meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month)

Time:

4th Tuesday: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Are you passionate about writing and looking for someone to critique your work? If you would like to give and receive inspiration, motivation, and encouragement in a group atmosphere, consider joining the Adult Writing Workshop.

Adult writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to this free program. New members are asked to contact Joann Cantrell at joann.cantrell@gmail.com prior to attending their first meeting.



MARATHON BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Community Room)

When: 1st Tuesday of the month (September - May)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


DUPLICATE BRIDGE (Now held in the Peters Township Community Room)

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month (September - May)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please contact Joan Knoll at 724.743.1767 for more information about the Bridge programs.



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 the 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.

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.



ONLINE BOOK CLUBS

The Library is delighted to offer several Online Book Clubs. Join one (or more) of the Online Book Clubs, and every weekday morning we'll email you a portion of a book that takes about five minutes to read. By the time Friday arrives, you'll have read the first two or three chapters of a book. If you like what you've read, and want to read more, simply come to the library and check out the book to finish it. A new book begins each Monday. Choose from the Non-Fiction Book Club (a mixture of fiction and nonfiction), the Fiction Book Club, the Romance Book Club, the Good News Book Club (a combination of religious and inspirational fiction and nonfiction), and the Teen Book Club. Join one or join them all! To enroll, click on the "Online Book Club" icon on any page within the Library's website, and follow the instructions. Membership is free and requires only the submission of an e-mail address. This information is kept confidential and used only for e-mailing book selections. Contact the Library with any questions. Sign up today and start reading with us tomorrow!


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