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Reference librarians in the Adult, Young Adult, and Children's Department will assist you in finding answers to your questions, or guiding you to the resources you need. Visit us or call the Adult Reference Desk at 724-941-9430, ext. 327, the Young Adult Reference Desk at 724-941-9430 ext. 226, or the Children's Reference Desk at 724-941-9430, ext. 316.

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Computer Classes

Library staff teach classes on basic computer skills, searching the Internet, accessing email, using Microsoft Word Office programs, and other special programs, as needed. Pre-registration at the circulation desk is required.  A current list of computer classes may be found on the EventKeeper calendar or at the Adult Programs page.

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Computers

Computers with high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Word Office programs are provided on the 2nd floor near the reference area. Self-registration is available with your Peters Township Public Library card. Children under 17 must have a signed parent permission form on file to use the 2nd floor computers.  Printing from computers is available for a small fee.    Filtered computers with Internet access are also available in the Children's Department – children must be logged on by a library staff member.

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Copy Machines

A coin-operated copy machine is available on the 2nd floor of the library. Copies can be made for 10¢ per page.

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Daily Book Sale

Gently used books are available for purchase on the 2nd floor near the elevator on shelving labeled "Used Book Sale." Books may be taken to the Circulation Desk for purchase.

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Family Activity Center

The Family Activity Center features many hands-on interactive items for young children, and also houses the library's collection of toddler books.

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Finch Robots

What is a Finch? A Finch is a small robot designed for computer science education for students as young as 8 years old. It was created after four years of study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The library is the first location in Pennsylvania to launch a program lending the Finch to adults with a library card in the WAGGIN (Washington and Greene Greater Information Network) system.

During a two-week checkout period, any patron, including families with children in elementary grades through high school, can experience a user-friendly introduction to computer science learning and programming. A Finch can quickly be programmed by a novice to say “Hello, World,” or do a little dance, or make its beak glow blue in response to cold temperature or some other stimulus. The robot includes temperature and light sensors, a three-axis accelerometer and a bump sensor. It has color-programmable LED lights, a beeper and speakers. With a pencil inserted in its tail, a Finch can be used to draw pictures. It can be programmed to be a moving, noise-making alarm clock. It can even be used as a 3-D mouse to control a computer display!

Twenty Finches are available for circulation and are located at the library’s circulation desk. To learn more about the Finch, please visit www.finchrobot.com.

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Holds

You may place holds on items online by accessing your online account . Alternatively, you may fill out a hold request form located at the circulation desk.

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Homebound Delivery

The Peters Township Public Library offers a homebound delivery service for those Peters Township residents unable to come to the library because of a temporary or permanent physical, visual or other limitation, regardless of age. Library volunteers will select, deliver and pick up library materials to qualifying residents. For a Homebound Delivery form, click here.

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Income Tax Forms

The library offers a collection of the most commonly utilized forms for the public to pick up from January through April 15th. Reproducible tax forms from the previous 2 years are also available.

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Interlibrary Loan

Items not part of the library collection may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan Service. Ask for information from the Reference Librarian on the second floor. Patrons will be notified when their item arrives. Due dates are set by the lending library, and items cannot be renewed.

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KEENage KORNER

The KEENage KORNER is a space for senior citizens to read, play games, socialize and learn about the newest technologies, including the iPad, IPod Touch, Nook, Kindle, mp3 players, webcams and whatever comes next! The area is also equipped with a variety of puzzles and board games for low-tech fun!

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Local History Room

The Local History Room contains many historical resources, including the transcripts and records of the Oral History Project.

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Meeting Rooms

The library offers three meeting rooms used for library programs, meetings of established non-profit organizations, or meetings of a civic, cultural or educational nature (that must be co-sponsored by the library). The Multi-Purpose Room on the 1st floor features a moveable partition and a small kitchen, and comfortably seats up to 80 people. The Reading Room on the 2nd floor is furnished with upholstered chairs and a wide-screen TV, and comfortably seats 35 people. The Conference Room on the 2nd floor features a large table with chairs and comfortably seats 8-10 people. Patrons interested in reserving a room must fill out a Meeting Room Application Form, and return it to the library for board approval. Forms are also available at the circulation desk. Rooms can be reserved no sooner than 3 months in advance.

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Newsletters

Library programs are currently listed in the bimonthly In Peters Township magazine. The library also provides a weekly electronic newsletter for patrons who wish to supply their email address to receive it. Please click here to subscribe to the library's electronic newsletter.

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Programs

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. For more information, check the EventKeeper calendar or the Programs listings.

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Renewals

Patrons may renew materials online by accessing their online account. Telephone renewal of materials is available by calling the Circulation Desk at 724-941-9430

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Study Rooms

Four study rooms are available on the 2nd floor for quiet reading / studying. Each room comfortably seats 6 people. Study Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved. Patrons must see a reference librarian and have a Peters Township Public Library card to use a study room.

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Teen Reading Room

The Teen Reading Room features young adult books, magazines, Wii and Xbox gaming systems, an overhead projector for displaying wall-sized movies, and many other resources.

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Typewriter

A self-correcting typewriter, located behind the circulation desk, is provided for public use on a walk-in basis. Patrons must bring their own paper.

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Wireless Internet Access

The library provides wireless Internet access within the library building. Patrons are required to follow the Peters Township Public Library Computer and Internet Use Policy while using the free wireless network. Patrons may consult Adult Reference Desk staff to retrieve procedures for using the wireless service.
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