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

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.
Ages: 13 and older
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)

You know the moment. The one where you take a step forward, your gut churning, your heart racing... “Hello,” you say. Then the moment is upon you, that instant in time when you have to hold the other person’s attention and gain their interest with only a handful of words.

When we pick up a book for the first time, we have a similar decision to make. Often, we make our decisions not based on a pick up line, but instead on the opening paragraphs of a potential read. Do we want to get involved with this book? Develop a relationship with its characters? Join young adult authors, Joshua David Bellin, Patricia Harrison Easton, Stephanie Keyes, Carla Mooney, and Leah Pileggi as they explore what makes readers want to turn to page two. Bring along your favorite book to share!

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.



PRETTY LITTLE LIARS BOOK CLUB!
First Saturday of the month
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Do you love watching Pretty Little Liars? Read the series that started it all! Each month we will be discussing a book from the Pretty Little Liar (PLL) series. We will be reading them in order. Join us the first Saturday from 1 to 2 for some PLL book discussion, trivia, and of course episodes! Upcoming titles:

November 1, 2014: Perfect

December 6, 2014: PLL Christmas Party! Calling all PLL fans join us for a special PLL Christmas party! We will be watching special PLL episodes, making PLL crafts, and raffling off PLL books you can keep for yourself or give as a holiday gift.

January 3, 2015: PLL Season Premiere Kick Off Party. Excited for new PLL episodes? Join us for a new season kick off party!  We will watch the finale from last season and talk about your favorite PLL books.


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: Fridays, November 7, December 5, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Young Adults entering grade 6 and up in the fall

Upcoming Afternoon Movies:

November 7, 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past
December 5, 2014: Dawn of the Apes
Popcorn and snacks will be served -- see you there!


BOOKS IN THE MOVIES NIGHT

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: Young Adults entering grade 6 and up in the fall

So many of our favorite YA books have been made into movies. Come join us for a movie night to compare the film to the book. Upcoming movies:

November 3, 2014: I Am Number 4
December 8, 2014: A Christmas Carol (Get into the holiday spirit as we watch one of the many film-adaptations of the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. YOU vote on what version we watch! Popcorn and drinks will be served!)
January 5, 2015: If I Stay
Refreshments will be provided.


CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON

When: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Watch your favorite holiday movies while you decorate your own holiday cookies! Hot cocoa and holiday prizes will also be provided!


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.


MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, December 14, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart Tournament! Winner will receive a gift card. Free to play and snacks will be provide.


NHL 15 TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Love hockey? Challenge your friends to an afternoon of NHL 15! All participants will have a chance to win prizes! Free to play and snacks will be provided!


PROGRAMS

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY

When: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for games, snacks, and prizes as we celebrate Halloween in the Teen Room. Prize given to best costume!


HUNGER GAMES MARATHON

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Excited to see the new Hunger Games movie Mockingjay? Join us for a marathon of the first two Hunger Games movies along with trivia, games, food and MORE! May the odds be ever in your favor!


DR. WHO PARTY!

When: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Attention Dr. Who fans! Join us for an afternoon of everything WHO. We will watch classic episodes, play games, and make Dr. Who themed crafts. Snacks will also be provided.


S.A.T. PREPARATION WORKSHOP

When: 4 sessions, Sundays, February 15 - March 8, 2015
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $190.00
Limit: 45
Presented by: Educational Achievement Center

All materials, including the student workbook, will be provided.  Students are asked to bring pencils and paper for note taking.  Any student who has attended the workshop in the past can return to this workshop for a tuition price of $60.00.  S.A.T. test date: Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Register at the library's circulation desk.


ON-GOING PROGRAMS

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

When: Every Sunday
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.


PUZZLES & MORE

When: Every Monday
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 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 - 5:00 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.

On Tuesdays from December 2 - 23 join us to make special gifts for your friends and family. All supplies will be provided and we'll make different gifts each week.


PING PONG CHALLENGE

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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


GAMERS UNITE!

When: Every Thursday
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 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
Time: 3:00 - 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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