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Dr. Samuel Hazo

AN EVENING WITH DR. SAMUEL HAZO

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Samuel Hazo

Join us as we welcome Dr. Samuel Hazo, founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum. Dr. Hazo will recite a sampling of his poetry dating from 1958 – 2013.

Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays. In 1993, Governor Robert Casey named Dr. Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet Laureate and he held this honor until 2003. Throughout his writing career he has explored themes of morality, love, passion, art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In 1972, his book Once for the Last Bandit was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to founding the International Poetry Forum he is also the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University.

Copies of his recently published books, And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 and Sexes: the Marriage Dialogues will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



David Shumway

ROCK STAR: THE MAKING OF MUSICAL ICONS FROM ELVIS TO SPRINGSTEEN

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: David R. Shumway, Author and Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

“All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars,” states David Shumway in his introduction to Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen. In his most recent book published September 2014, Shumway looks at rock icons including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. In his review, New Books Reviewer Marshal Zerigue writes David Shumway’s Rock Stars “Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.”

Rock Star During his presentation, Shumway will focus on how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music, concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He also will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music

David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

A book signing and reception will follow the program; books will be offered at a special price for the program. Click here to view a video of Professor Shumway discussing Rock Star. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



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.

October 15, 2014: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

November 19, 2014: Rebecca: a Novel by Daphne du Maurier

December 17, 2014: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

January 21, 2015: Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

February 18, 2015: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

March 18, 2015: Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

April 15, 2015: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

May 20, 2015: Planning Session

June 17, 2015: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room.' Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 3270 for information.


EVENING BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

October 8, 2014: Help for the Haunted by John Searles

November 12, 2014: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

December 10, 2014: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarity

January 14, 2015: Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

February 11, 2015: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

March 11, 2015: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

April 8, 2015: Planning session

May 13, 2015: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

June 10, 2015: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

July 8, 2015: Pompeii by Robert Harris
The book club meets in the library's 2nd floor Reading Room. Please call the Reference staff at 724-941-9430, ext. 3270 for information.


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS

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

September 30, 2014: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

October 28, 2014: Six Years by Harlan Coben

November 25, 2014: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

December 2, 2015: A Cold & Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry (Please note change of date for December meeting)

January 27, 2015: A Cold & Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry

February 24, 2015: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

March 31, 2015: After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman

April 28, 2015: The Doomsters by Ross MacDonald

May 26, 2015: Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

June 30, 2015: Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky

July 28, 2015: The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker

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 information.



PROGRAMS

HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS

Duration: 4 sessions
Dates:

Thursdays, September 11, 18, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 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.



COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

When: Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: : Jayeann Harr from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)

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, 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. A question and answer session will follow the program.

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



INTRODUCTION TO THE FIVE WISHES LIVING WILL

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Presented by: Library staff and local health care professionals

The Five Wishes Living Will is a new resource developed by the Aging with Dignity organization. This easily completed document lets your family and doctors know who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them, the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want near end of life, how comfortable you want to be near end of life, how you want people to treat you near end of life, and what you want your loved ones to know near end of life. The will is a legal document recognized in Pennsylvania and is the only advance directive / living will that speaks to all of a person’s concerns, not just the medical and legal ones. Join us to learn more about the benefits of using the Five Wishes Living Will. Copies of the form will be available to program participants after the program for $1.00.

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



Cookie White

WHAT IS A WOMAN'S LIFE COACH AND DO I NEED ONE?

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Cookie White

Learn about the latest trend in life coaching….that of assisting women with day-to-day life situations. Topics to be covered include: Understanding Yourself and Others; Fitness, Diet, Beauty and Healthy Living; Key Principles in Managing Work, Home and Life; Handling Conflict and Life Transitions. Cookie White has lived in Peters Township for over 25 years and is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors as a Women’s Life Coach. She is also the founder of an online women’s ministry, The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries.

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



HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: Library staff

The 2010 census shows an increase of immigrants residing in the Washington County area. Many may wish to become U.S. citizens and need help preparing to take the U.S. Citizenship Test. Advantages to becoming a U.S. citizen include the right to vote, the chance to reunite families, and the ability to protect children’s rights to remain in the U.S. Part of becoming a U.S. citizen is passing the naturalization test, in which up to 10 questions from a list of 100 will be asked – at least 6 must be answered correctly to pass the test. Join us to help yourself or a loved one prepare for the test and feel more confident when entering the naturalization interview.

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



Dr. Samuel Hazo

AN EVENING WITH DR. SAMUEL HAZO

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Samuel Hazo

Join us as we welcome Dr. Samuel Hazo, founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum. Dr. Hazo will recite a sampling of his poetry dating from 1958 – 2013.

Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays. In 1993, Governor Robert Casey named Dr. Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet Laureate and he held this honor until 2003. Throughout his writing career he has explored themes of morality, love, passion, art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In 1972, his book Once for the Last Bandit was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to founding the International Poetry Forum he is also the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University.

Copies of his recently published books, And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 and Sexes: the Marriage Dialogues will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



RE-ENERGIZE YOURSELF AT WORK

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Robert O'Friel of O'Friel Coaching & Consulting

Stuck in a career rut? Tired of seeing others advance ahead of you? During this interactive discussion, we will explore ways you can jump start your career, fight your own negativity, and achieve your professional goals. Get re-energized by using any, or all of the five different ways we will discuss during this exciting seminar. It will get you started!

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



Demon of Brownsville Road

THE DEMON OF BROWNSVILLE ROAD BOOK TALK

When: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Book signing to follow the program.
Presented by: Bob Cranmer, former Allegheny County commissioner

October 1988: Bob Cranmer buys a house in the Pittsburgh suburb he grew up in. He has no idea that his dream home is about to become his worst nightmare.

The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased the house that Bob had always dreamed of owning. But soon, the family began experiencing strange phenomena-objects moving on their own, ghostly footsteps, unsettling moaning sounds-that gradually increased in violence, escalating to physical assaults and, most disturbingly, bleeding walls... Now, Bob Cranmer recounts the harrowing true story of the evil presence that tormented his family and the epic spiritual war he fought to save everything he held dear.

Bob Cranmer was born in Pittsburgh, graduating from Brentwood High School in 1974 and Duquesne University in 1978. He then entered the US Army as a second lieutenant and served with the 101st Airborne Division and in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Bob went to work for AT&T and returned to Pittsburgh. Entering politics, he was elected Allegheny County Commissioner in 1995, serving as chairman. He was instrumental in a major development plan for Pittsburgh involving the construction of two sports stadiums and a new convention center. Bob currently runs a firm providing government relations.

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



Marian Szczepanski

PLAYING ST. BARBARA: AN AUTHOR TALK BY MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Marian Szczepanski

Join us as Marian Szczepanski discusses her debut novel Playing St. Barbara. Inspired by her family background and her work at a Houston domestic violence hotline, her novel focuses on how the secrets, struggles and self-redemption of a Depression-era coal miner’s wife and three daughters play out against a turbulent historical backdrop of Ku Klux Klan intimidation and the 1933 Pennsylvania Mine War. Their intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners, and each woman writes her own courageous ending to St. Barbara’s story. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Ms. Szczepanski was raised in Greensburg and is the granddaughter of immigrant coal miners. She has an MFA in fiction from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her short fiction garnered the de Maine Award for an Emerging Writer from Clackamas Literary Review. She has been recognized by the Houston Press Club for magazine feature writing, and the Houston Press named her to the 2014 list of “100 Houston Creatives.” Read more about her at www.marianszczepanski.com.

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



Paul Manfredi

HOLLYWOOD VIP TOUR

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Paul Manfredi

Have you ever wanted to attend a TV show taping in Hollywood? Have you ever wanted to take a tour of a major movie studio?

Join us as we welcome Paul Manfredi, a current member and former vice president of education of Pittsburgh Toastmasters Club 144, a former Dale Carnegie course trainer and a frequent visitor to Hollywood, CA.

Hollywood VIP Tour is Paul’s personal backstage tour of Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios Hollywood and other movie studios, sharing his personal photo collection. Paul shares behind the scenes stories and recollections from many show tapings that he has attended including: “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, “Mom”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Evening Shade”, “Coach”, “Mad About You”, “Mike and Molly”, “According to Jim”, “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”, “Empty Nest” and many more. Enjoy the entire experience of how to become an audience member and what to expect including seeing big stars blow their lines and cause many retakes. Learn behind the scenes stories of the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the career of Abbott and Costello.

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



David Shumway

ROCK STAR: THE MAKING OF MUSICAL ICONS FROM ELVIS TO SPRINGSTEEN

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: David R. Shumway, Author and Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

“All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars,” states David Shumway in his introduction to Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen. In his most recent book published September 2014, Shumway looks at rock icons including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. In his review, New Books Reviewer Marshal Zerigue writes David Shumway’s Rock Stars “Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.”

Rock Star During his presentation, Shumway will focus on how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music, concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He also will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music

David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

A book signing and reception will follow the program; books will be offered at a special price for the program. Click here to view a video of Professor Shumway discussing Rock Star. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



Alan Irvine

GHOST STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Alan Irvine, Storyteller

Join us for an hour of scary ghost stories, with an emphasis on scary! Master storyteller Alan Irvine will share a variety of ghost stories, including traditional ghost stories and legends, stories adapted from literary sources, “true” ghost stories, as well as some of his original stories. A great way to prepare for All Hallows’ Eve!

Alan Irvine has performed at numerous festivals, including the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival and many others. In addition to performing, Alan teaches workshops and classes on storytelling. In 1988, he helped found the storytelling group StorySwap. He has produced numerous storytelling shows, and was the chair of the 2006 National Storytellers Conference, held in Pittsburgh. Alan has numerous recordings, several of which have won Storytelling World and NAPPA awards. Visit www.alanirvine.com to learn more about him.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear ghost stories told by a true master of the art. A cookie reception will follow the performance (to calm the nerves!). Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



Meredith Grelli

PITTSBURGH: WHISKEY REBELLION, PROHIBITION, AND THE RESTORATION OF A PITTSBURGH TRADITION

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Meredith Grelli, co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey

American Whiskey was born in Pittsburgh and the city’s history – from frontier town to industrial center – was shaped by whiskey. At this program you will learn how Pittsburgh made America’s original drink and how Wigle Whiskey, the city’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, is bringing our heritage back home.

Meredith Grelli is co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey. When she’s not at the distillery, she teaches New Product Development in Chatham University’s Food Studies Program. Before Wigle, Grelli worked in brand management at the Heinz Company, went to business school at Carnegie Mellon University, cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, worked in Urban Redevelopment efforts and studied urban history at the University of Chicago.

Whiskey Insurrection Wigle Whiskey is named for a good-natured gentleman who was sentenced to hang for his unsinkable love of whiskey. In 1794, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector. He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops. Wigle Whiskey is working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by these rebellious distillers. They make spirits much the same way Phillip Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey – with a copper pot and fresh local, organic ingredients.

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



PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY COOKING CLUB -- 2014 FUN FOR FOODIES SERIES

eatPGH FOOD LOVERS' GUIDE TO PITTSBURGH


When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Julia Gongaware, Amanda McFadden, Sarah Sudar, and Laura Zorch

Join local authors Julia Gongaware, Amanda McFadden, Sarah Sudar, and Laura Zorch (the four ladies behind eatPGH.com) as they dish on the local food scene, as well as talk about their two books: The Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Chef's Table. The second edition of the Food Lovers’ Guide to Pittsburgh is the go-to Pittsburgh book for all the best places to eat, drink, and buy food in our fair city. This handy travel book will help you decide where to eat, and, best of all, it’ll help inform folks from all corners of the US that Pittsburgh is the bees knees in terms of eateries. Plus, you’ll find 12 recipes in the back from the chefs that make this city awesome. Pittsburgh Chef’s Table is part cookbook, part biography and all around awesome. 100% Pittsburgh, it features over 80 recipes from 50 of the city’s hottest chefs. A book sale and signing with light refreshments will follow the program -- both titles will be available for purchase.

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430. Please note: there is no charge for this program.



LOST: WHEN WANDERING TURNS DANGEROUS

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presented by: Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, Gerontology Educator at the Aging Institute

Six out of ten seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia exhibit wandering type behaviors. Unfortunately three out of ten will become lost when they wander away. This behavior can result in serious consequences because if the individual is not located within eight hours, they are at high risk for serious injury or death. This presentation will focus on recognizing and preventing wandering behaviors, maintaining a secure environment, search and rescue information along with location devices, and having an appropriate plan of action in place should it become necessary. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

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



Library Hosts Local Author Event as Part of Pennsylvania Library Association “PA Forward Speak Up! – Authors & Illustrators Speak Up for Libraries”

PICK-UP LINES THAT WORK: POWERFUL OPENINGS IN YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Stephanie Keyes, local author of young adult books
Participating local authors of young adult books: Joshua David Bellin (Survival Colony 9), Patricia Harrison Easton (Summer’s Chance), Stephanie Keyes (The Star Catcher), Carla Mooney (Samson’s Tale), and Leah Pileggi (Prisoner 88)

All ages are welcome to join local authors Joshua David Bellin, Patricia Harrison Easton, Stephanie Keyes, Carla Mooney, and Leah Pileggi as they explore powerful openings in young adult books and what makes readers want to turn to page two. Authors will discuss some of their favorite books with the audience, focusing on powerful protagonists, what drives the characters, and other gems that make the beginning of a book work. Participants are welcome to bring one of their own favorite reads to this event. Following a panel discussion, the audience will break into groups for a review/discussion of opening paragraphs. A Q&A session will follow. This special “PA Forward Speak Up!” event celebrating authors and libraries will conclude with book signings and light refreshments. Tables will be set up in the library lobby.

Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very, very short). A Pittsburgh native, Josh graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his PhD. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught college English, published three nonfiction books (one about monsters!), and taken part in the movement to protect the environment. Survival Colony 9 is Josh’s debut novel, and the sequel is already in the works! Read more about him at joshuadavidbellin.com.

Patricia Harrison Easton is the author of four children's books and two novels for adults. She teaches children's book writing at the Institute for Children's Literature and serves as the regional adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in western Pennsylvania. She resides in McMurray, Pennsylvania. Read more about her on her Facebook page.

Stephanie Keyes' family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination” as a teenager Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers. Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel. Read more about her at www.stephaniekeyes.com.

Carla Mooney is the author of more than 60 nonfiction books for kids and teens. As long as she can remember, she has been in love with reading and writing. She is thrilled to explore new worlds and ideas in each of her books and hopes readers enjoy the journey as much as she has. Carla lives in Gibsonia, PA with her husband and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Read more about her at www.carlamooney.com.

Leah Pileggi began writing a journal twenty years ago when her grandmother died leaving many unanswered questions about her life. Leah started the journal as a record of her life for her daughter, but eventually story ideas -- particularly children's stories -- began to emerge. She published a couple of them in Hopscotch Magazine and Fun for Kids. Her first novel, Prisoner 88, is a middle-grade historical novel set at the Idaho Penitentiary in the 1880s. She also published a book of history, How to Design a World-Class Engineering College: A History of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her first-person pieces occasionally appear in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her blog "It's a Wonder-Filled Life" can be found at leahpileggi.blogspot.com/.

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



Library Continues Civil War Programming as part of 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

GETTYSBURG AND LINCOLN: THE AFTERMATH AND THE ADDRESS
Rea Andrew Redd

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Rea Andrew Redd

In recognition of the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln’s most famous speech, Rea Andrew Redd presents a program at the library.

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”. Of the 165,000 soldiers at the battle, 46,000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing which is 28 out of every 100 soldiers. Burying the dead, caring for the wounded and prisoners, and Lincoln’s cemetery dedication speech will be covered. Redd will also present on the Battle of Gettysburg’s emergency medical situation, the farms used as hospitals, and the creation of the national cemetery at Gettysburg. Canonsburg-native Jonathan Letterman, known as the pioneer of battlefield emergency medical care, will be discussed. Redd will also show and discuss an American Civil War surgeon’s equipment.

Rea Andrew Redd is a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania. He received a Master’s Degree in History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently he is the Director of the Eberly Library, Waynesburg University, where he also serves as an Instructor of American History. Since 1993 Rea Andrew Redd has reenacted the American Civil War as a Federal Infantry, A Federal Medical Service Captain, and as President Lincoln.

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



AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 101

When: Monday, November 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Jennifer Grybosky, Western Region Healthcare Navigator, Mental Health America of Westmoreland County

This workshop will discuss how the Affordable care Act law works, who it helps and what it means for you. It will provide a brief overview of the history and current status of the U.S. Healthcare system. It will also explain how the Affordable Care Act impacts consumers. A brief overview of the application process will be provided as well as the Health Exchanges. Find out how to get assistance in paying for monthly premium. Also discuss real life barriers to healthcare access and possible solutions to the problems. Participants will have the opportunity to schedule a free session at a later date to enroll in a health insurance plan provided by the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.

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



Trinity Bell Choir

TRINITY BELL CHOIR

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: The Trinity Bell Choir of Trinity United Methodist Church

Join us for a relaxing hour of beautiful holiday bell music. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library after the performance. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



LIVEN UP YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH FRESH GREENS
Boxwood Tree Centerpiece
When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Debie Carso from Crossroads Florist

Celebrate the season with a touch of nature. Designers from Crossroad Florist will demonstrate several ideas to use live evergreen and boxwood to create beautiful holiday decorations. Did you ever wonder how to make a door swag using fresh cut evergreen? They will show you how simple it is to create a door piece that will last throughout the season and make your entry sparkle. The designers will also create a festive tabletop tree using live boxwood. This program is a demonstration only but please bring any questions or ideas you may have. As time permits, other decorations may be made.

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



ART/CRAFT PROGRAMS

INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET

Duration:

4 weeks, September 8 - 29, 2014 and/or
4 weeks, October 6 - 27, 2014
When: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 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.


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:

October 15, 2014 - register online here
November 19, 2014 - register online here
December 17, 2014 - register online here



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.


TECH TIMES @ THE LIBRARY

When:

Every Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Every Monday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Receive help with your technology questions from knowledgeable high school students. Drop by the patron computer area on the 2nd floor of the library for assistance. There is no charge for this service.


COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.



GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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.



BOOKS TO GO -- eBOOKS AND eAUDIOBOOKS

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Limit: 10
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.



POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Learn how to prepare slide presentations using different themes and layouts. Then add text, drawings, charts, photos, clipart, and wordart. Basic mouse and keyboarding 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.



WORD PROCESSING 1

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.



WORD PROCESSING 2

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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.



WORD PROCESSING 3

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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.



SOCIAL NETWORKING ON THE INTERNET

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 10
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This class will be a demonstration of three of the common forms of social networking including Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging. Topics to be covered are: how to set up accounts for the various services, how to send messages or post messages and photographs, and how to find and connect with other people using these services. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk.



DOING RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

This hands-on course will teach students how to do research on the internet. Topics covered will be search engines, search strategy structure and language, links, and an examination of the various databases available in 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.



INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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.



PRODUCING A NEWSLETTER

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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.



COMPUTERS 101

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: 12
Instructor: Peter Stamoolis

Determine what computer to buy by looking at what you want to do with it. Participants will learn about: the various parts of a computer and what they do, computer terminology, software that will be needed, and useful techniques that will make using computers easier. Pre-registration is required. Registration is not complete until payment is received; register at the library's circulation desk.



ONGOING PROGRAMS

Wii SPORTS FOR ADULTS

When: Every Wednesday except for the last Wednesday of the month, no session on December 17
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!


CHESS CLUB

When: Every Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Roy Wang, Peters Township High School Student

Roy Wang offers tips on playing a great game of Chess. All ages are welcome, beginners, too! Please register at the library's circulation desk.



COOKING CLUB - 2014 FUN FOR FOODIES SERIES

When: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Cost: $5.00
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
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.


LAUGHTER CLUB

When:

Thursday, September 18, 2014 (register online here)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 (register online here)

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Julie Ann Sullivan, Certified Laughter Leader

What is a Laughter Club? Laughter Clubs promote laughter inside to support happiness outside. Participants get together to use laughter to improve health and outlook, as laughter can reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, and lower your blood pressure. Laughter Clubs utilize a systematic activity approach that is based on a foundation of practices, such as yoga, meditation, and modern medical science. Members of Laughter Clubs are engaged in active and interactive participation. In addition to registering online (see above), you may also register at the library's circulation desk, or call 724-941-9430. Drop-Ins are also welcomed!



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.
 


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
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
        OR
When: Wednesdays
Time: 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 patheaston@aol.com if interested in joining. Anyone with an interest in this area is encouraged to attend. 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
Time:

2nd Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
4th Tuesday: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Leader: Linda Foltz

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 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Facilitating the writing workshop is author Linda Foltz, whose accomplishments include a published book and articles that have appeared in various magazines, including Seventeen, Teen Voices, and Family Resources Magazine. She has also been featured on local and national radio and television, including The Montel Williams Show. Linda believes her writing success is due largely to the ongoing support of members of her first writing group – eventually all of its members were professionally published. Linda is currently working on her second full-length manuscript.

Adult writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to this free program. New members are asked to contact Ms. Foltz at (412) 628-5544 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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