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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.

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!



READING ACTIVITIES / PROGRAMS

LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

October 19, 2016: Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

November 16, 2016: Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser

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.

October 12, 2016: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

November 9, 2016: Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

December 14, 2016: I'll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes

January 11, 2017: Station Eleven by Emily St. John

February 8, 2017: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix

March 8, 2017: Planning Meeting

April 12, 2017: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

May 10, 2017: Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

June 14, 2017: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

July 12, 2017: Aftertaste: a Novel in Five Courses by Meredith Mileti

August 9, 2017: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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.

September 27, 2016: Gone, But Not Forgotten by Philip Margolin

October 25, 2016: Desperate by Daniel Palmer

November 29, 2016: Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

January 31, 2017: Accused by Lisa Scottoline

February 28, 2017: Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

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 information.



PROGRAMS

HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS

Duration: 4 sessions
Dates:

Wednesdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 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.


STEEL CITY GROOVES: CELEBRATING PITTSBURGH'S JAZZ LEGENDS

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic: An audio-visual biographic sketch of Johnny Costa (1922-1996), an important contributor to jazz with Western PA roots
Presented by: Max Gonano and/or Judith Sutton, Senator John Heinz History Center

When you think of jazz towns in America, New Orleans and New York are obvious choices that come to mind, but Pittsburgh also has played an important role in the evolution of jazz – often called the one true American art form. In these cities, music thrives; performers are born and nurtured to their creative maturity, and the hip culture of jazz music is expressed in the language, attitudes and even the dress of each generation. In this program, you will learn about jazz icon Johnny Costa and how he helped to shape Pittsburgh as a bonafide jazz town.

This program is hosted by the Peters Township Public Library in partnership with the Washington Symphony Orchestra.

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


MEDICARE 101

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Adele Dean, Regional APPRISE Coordinator for Western PA

Join us for a discussion of both the Medicare and APPRISE programs. Handouts and New to Medicare packets will be available. Dean will screen participants for assistance programs, such as PACE/PACENET, Extra Help, and the Medicare Savings Programs. The session will provide detailed information about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period as well.

Medicare continues to provide benefits for people 65 and older, people under 65 with certain disabilities and people of any age with end-stage renal disease and permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. As a reminder, open enrollment for 2017 Medicare coverage will be from October 15 - December 7, 2016.

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


DON'T BE A VICTIM: SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Presented by: State Senator Guy Reschenthaler, Specialist Philip Little from the PA Office of Attorney General, and Douglas E. grimes, Chief of Police, Peters Township Police Department

There are nearly 2 million residents over the age of 65 in Pennsylvania, the third highest percentage of elderly residents in the U.S., reports the PA Office of Attorney General. Scam artists are well aware of these potential targets.

Join us for this presentation aimed at educating the community about the threat of these crimes and how to avoid them.

Senator Reschenthaler will relate his experiences with identity theft and scams as a District Judge. Philip Little will be discussing the different ways people become victims of identity theft and scams, and how you can learn to minimize your chances of becoming a target. Chief Grimes will provide a local perspective with examples of the trends his department is seeing and the increase in reported cases.

“It is important that the public recognizes phone calls or email solicitations that request personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers, bank account information, or credit card information are almost always a SCAM,” explains Chief Grimes. “People have to remember that your bank, the IRS, your credit card company, etc. already know your account number and your personal information. So if they have to call you and ask for it, something is drastically wrong – hang-up!”

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


STAYCATION MOVIE NIGHT: IN CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

When: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service we will be screening the first installment of Ken Burn's riveting six-part documentary about the National Parks. We'll be showing the last episode on Thursday, October 13.

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


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Presented by: Jane Hollman

Please join us for a discussion of A Midsummer Night's Dream -- a fun and upbeat comedy which Shakespeare wrote for entertainment at a wedding. Jane Hollman, a former English teacher at Upper St. Clair High School and fervent Shakespeare fan, will provide some background of the English Renaissance and of Shakespeare's contributions to his times. Then she will lead us in a discussion in preparation for viewing A Midsummer Night's Dream.

We suggest you read the play, come to the discussion, and make your plans to attend one of the Little Lake Theatre performances. Discover why Shakespeare said in the play "Lord, what fools these mortals be!". For information/reservations about the Little Lake Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, please visit Little Lake Theatre.

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


SCORE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS

SCORE Pittsburgh has partnered with the Peters Township Public Library and the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce to present FREE seminars focusing on starting your own small business. To register, please go to https://pittsburgh.score.org/localworkshops.

Upcoming Seminars:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This introductory seminar focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Presented will be an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business, including advantages of owning a business, business formation, marketing, cash flow, and funding sources.


Financial Essentials for Profitability and Efficiency

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Class participants will gain a practical and applicable understanding of key financial ratios to determine the profitability and performance of a department or a business. The class will learn where to locate financial information in order to use these ratios to measure profitability and efficiency.


Marketing on Facebook

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Class participants will learn how to set-up a business page and advertise effectively on Facebook. This will include automating your posts, what to post, when to post and the use of analytics to track engagement.


Dr. Christopher HughesADVANCED DIRECTIVE WORKSHOP

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Christopher M. Hughes

Join us for a discussion about Advance Healthcare Directives. Dr. Hughes will review major court decisions in end of life care such as Cruzan vs. Missouri Department of Health and the case of Terry Schiavo, and he will also discuss the history of advance directives in general. This will be followed by a look at Pennsylvania’s current Advance Directive law and a review of actual Advance Directive forms, section by section.

Dr. Hughes has nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in hospital medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He began practicing hospice and palliative medicine with the University of Pittsburgh's Palliative and Supportive Institute and Family Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Pittsburgh in 2012, and he has been involved in crafting legislation as lead negotiator for Pennsylvania's Advance Directive law.

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


Voices From the Attic

VOICES FROM THE ATTIC

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Carleton Young, author of Voices From the Attic

While cleaning out his parent’s attic, author Carleton Young discovered an enormous collection of letters written during the Civil War by two soldiers. After spending more than a decade transcribing the letters with the help of friends, Young’s book tells the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. They preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters. Rediscovered after 150 years, their letters offer a fascinating insight as seen through the eyes of two soldiers fighting in America’s great Civil War.

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


Trinity Bell Choir

TRINITY BELL CHOIR

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: The Trinity Bell Choir of the Trinity United Methodist Church

Join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday bell music. Refreshments will be provided by The Peters Township Library Foundation after the performance.


ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

BEADING CLUB

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 16 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. Walk-ins welcome!


CROCHET CLUB

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 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

Join us at our 2nd floor computer lab to brush up your computer skills. Computers will be provided. Due to the high demand and limited class sizes, there will be no refunds 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 WAGGIN 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. A valid WAGGIN library card is required for this free session. The library also offers more in-depth programs about the 3-D printers. Upcoming programs are listed with our other computer programs.


BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 8
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Join us for a demonstration of how to use the library’s Digital Media Collection to download eBooks and eAudiobooks to various electronic devices. 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, September 26.


PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 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. by Saturday, October 3.


INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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 Monday, October 10.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 1

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class covers creating an excel spreadsheet, printing a range, customization, working with rows and columns, and data validation. 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, October 17.



BASIC EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, PART 2

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2016
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, October 26.



COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This hands-on course will teach students how to use Microsoft Word on a PC to prepare professional looking cover letters and resumes. The purposes and various formats of each will be covered. 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, October 31.



GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EMAIL

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This course will teach students how to use free and fee-based e-mail on the Internet. Topics covered will be: composing, sending, viewing, creating attachments, copying and pasting, address book and managing accounts. 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, November 7.



GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 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, November 14.



BEGINNERS PC TOOLKIT

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 7:15 - 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, November 28.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

COLORING, COFFEE AND CLASSICS

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Cafe Lee on the 2nd floor

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Take a break and spend an hour coloring while you listen to classical music and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. For ages 18 and up. No registration necessary.



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: Cathy Pigford

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
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
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 June, 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

Remember being trapped indoors last winter? This season you can spend your time with Kings and Queens, Sports Legends, Movie Stars and more! You can start your own art collection, connect with the past, or travel to far and mysterious lands. How? Join our Stamp Club! Come and learn the basics, expand your collection and meet with others who share your interests.

For more information please call Richard Landa at 412.653.0229. Register at the library's circulation desk.



Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday
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: 11:30 a.m - 1:00 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:

Every Monday: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
or
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 per month for the Wednesday program, no charge for the Monday program
Leader: Pat Easton

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



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 Myra Oleynik, Library Director, at the library at 724.941.9430. 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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