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Programs

Programs for Tweens and Teens in 6th - 12th grade unless otherwise noted; please register at the Children's Reference Desk unless otherwise noted.

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

BRINGING AMERICAN HISTORY TO LIFE
FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Peters Township Public Library was chosen through a competitive application process to receive a monetary grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s new Public Library Affiliate Program, which is designed to help public libraries host programs for student-age audiences and teachers interested in exploring American history.


Matthew Cheran and Carla McCue

PROPAGATING PROPAGANDA IN WORLD WAR II
Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Matthew Cheran and Carla McCue

Join us as Matthew Cheran and Carla McCue present a program concerning the use of propaganda in and around World War II. They will illustrate how propaganda was used at home and abroad as it applied to both the allied and axis powers. Using both a PowerPoint presentation and examples of propaganda posters from both sides of the war, they will reveal how nearly identical methods were used to get out very different messages. A discussion will be held concerning how propaganda might be evident today so that audience members can make a real life connection to the lesson.

Presenters Matthew Cheran and Carla McCue are Peters Township School District Middle School Faculty where they have worked collaboratively for many years on both World War I and World War II topics. Peters Township Middle School is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Awardee. Mr. Cheran is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and received his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Georgia. Following a career in the private sector, Matthew obtained another Bachelor’s degree and began teaching in Peters Township eleven years ago. Mr. Cheran enjoys teaching and learning about history and its applications. Mrs. McCue received both her undergraduate and Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching in the Peters Township School District for the past 14 years. Carla taught previously in California before returning to the Pittsburgh area. As part of her expertise in English/Language Arts, Carla McCue is well versed in propaganda, its uses, and its applications.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.


Dr. Todd DePastino

THE AMERICAN HOME FRONT IN
WORLD WAR II
Thursday, May 14, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Todd DePastino

Join us as Dr. Todd DePastino presents a program for middle school students on the American Home Front in World War II to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The program will consist of a lively presentation and hands-on activity interpreting various photographs and artifacts from home front life. The program seeks to tie various aspects of the home front experience—women’s roles, racial segregation, Japanese American internment, rationing and shortages, Civil Defense and censorship—tied together by the heightened relationship between citizens and government during the war.

Presenter Dr. Todd DePastino has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University where in 2008 he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front which won the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure. Todd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(C) (3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public.

Register for this program at the library's circulation desk or call 724.941.9430.



The Flame Release Party
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the second annual release party for The Flame, Peters Township High School literary magazine! This publication features original poems, short fiction, photography, and artwork by students. Parents, students, and community members are invited to join us for refreshments and readings as well as a display of photography and artwork.


MOVIE NIGHTS

TEEN AFTERNOON MOVIE

Are movie prices getting you down? We have just the solution for you! Join us for our Teen Afternoon Movies, complete with popcorn! Movies will be shown in the Teen Reading Room using the overhead projector and big screen. Call the Teen Desk or check back at the website to see what movie we're showing each month.

When: Friday, May 8
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Grades 6 and up

Upcoming Afternoon Movies:

No movie in April

May 8, 2015: Title to be decided
Popcorn and snacks will be served -- see you there!


GAMING TOURNAMENTS

OPEN GAMING SESSIONS

The Teen Room is open for gaming, music, and socialization during all library hours unless being used for library programs.


FIFA 15 TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a Fifa 15 Tournament. Refreshments will be provided and winner will receive a $5.00 gift card!


FAMILY MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a Fifa 15 Tournament. Refreshments will be provided and winner will receive a $5.00 gift card!


SUPER SMASH BROS WII U TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a Fifa 15 Tournament. Refreshments will be provided and winner will receive a $5.00 gift card!


PROGRAMS

HARRY POTTER SCENT IT CHALLENGE

When: Monday, March 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Do you love Harry Potter? Join us for a trivia night with fun Scene It games based on the books and movies. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.


EASTER EGG DYING

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Attempt various egg dying techniques to create some wonderful works of art and take home whatever you decorate! All materials will be provided.


EARTH DAY RECYCLE ART

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Create some awesome art and crafts using only recycled materials. Take home your creation and all materials will be provided for you.


ON-GOING PROGRAMS

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

When: Every Sunday (no session on April 5)
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Have you ever played the game Dungeons and Dragons? Pros and new players are welcome to join us for this on-going game. The game will be led by a Teen “Dungeon Master” from our Youth Advisory Council. Registration at the Children's Reference Desk is preferred. Please note: starting May 24th the library will be closed on Sundays. Dungeons and Dragons will temporarily break from meeting and resume on Mondays, 1 – 3 p.m., beginning Monday, June 8, 2015).


PUZZLES & MORE

When: Every Monday (no session on May 25)
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Help us build a puzzle in the Teen Room. Word searches and brain teasers will also be provided to challenge your brain!


TEEN CRAFTERNOONS

When: Every Tuesday
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Do you love to make things? Come to the library every Tuesday for an afternoon of crafting! The library will supply materials and you are allowed to freely create what you want! Register at the Children's Reference Desk.


PING PONG CHALLENGE

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Challenge your friends and peers to a pick-up game of Ping Pong!


GAMERS UNITE!

When: Every Thursday
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Do you love video games or board games? Challenge your friends to a Wii or Xbox challenge or choose from one of our many board games! Register at the Children's Reference Desk. Attention gamers! The library now has Xbox One, Wii U, 3Ds, and PS4 games available for check out!


TRADING CARD AND ANIME CLUB

When: Every Friday (no session on April 3)
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh? Stop by the library's Teen Room on Friday afternoons for casual trading card games with fellow teens.


VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

VOLUNTEENS

Ages: Grades 6 - 12
Time: One to two hours per week

If you're in grades 6 - 12, like meeting new people, want to gain some valuable work experience and make a contribution to your community... you can be a teen volunteer at the Peters Township Public Library! Please visit the library's circulation desk to get an application form!


PETERS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

Meeting dates: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Looking for leadership roles? We are in the process of revamping our YAC group! We are currently looking for teens to serve as board leaders, president, vice president, secretary, etc. Please contact Shannon Pauley, Youth Services Librarian for details at readerserviceslibrarian@ptlibrary.org


TEEN ONLINE BOOK CLUB

Our Teen Online Book Club features mysteries, comedies, true-life adventures and even some science fiction.  Every day a new five minute read; every week a new book.  Reading was never so easy and so much fun!  Click here to sign up for the Teen Online Book Club.

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