Sep 302015

Here are our storytime themes for October.

October 5 & 6: Pumpkin Patch

October 12 & 13: Children of the Night – Nocturnal Animals

October 19 & 20: Marvelous Monsters

October 26 & 27: Terrific Trick-or-Treat


Mondays at 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime with Sara (ages 2.5-5)

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM: Family Storytime with Janice (all ages)

Sep 252015

Mystery Book Group

Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 AM – Razor Sharp by Fern Michaels – Library Reading Room

razor sharp

Summary from Goodreads: “When it comes to repaying a debt, the women of the Sisterhood–Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle–never forget. And now one of their allies needs help only they can give. A powerful attorney with a cut-throat reputation, Lizzie Fox has just taken on a high-profile new client–Lily Flowers, the Madam of a high-end bordello operating under the guise of a summer camp.

The chips–a.k.a. the prominent Washington politicians who frequent the bordello–are stacked against Lily and her girls. But one phone call to the Sisterhood might just swing the vote. And soon, even the highest courts in the land will prove no match for seven fearless friends determined to ensure that real justice is served, Sisterhood style.”

Community Book Group

Monday, October 12 at 11:15 AM – Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs – YMCA Community Center

fatal voyage

Summary from Goodreads: “Investigating a plane crash in the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan discovers in a most disturbing way that the evidence doesn’t add up. Tripping over a coyote-chewed leg at the crash scene, she performs a little mental arithmetic and realizes that this victim wasn’t on the plane.”

September Movie

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Sep 182015

This month’s movie tells the story of a 20th century woman who becomes ageless after an accident and the man who convinces her to start living again.

age of adaline

Friday, September 25, at 1 PM

Saturday, September 26, at 10 AM & 1 PM

Rated PG-13

Conference Room (Downstairs)

Sep 112015

Our next family movie is the 2015 live-action version of the fairy tale about a girl, a fairy godmother, an evil stepmother, a prince, and a pair of glass shoes!

cinderella shoes

Saturday, September 19, at 1 PM

Rated PG

Conference Room (Downstairs)

Sep 042015

Kate DiCamillo, the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux is coming to Pittsburgh! And if you’re a student in grades 3-6, you have an opportunity to win a private meet-and-greet with her on October 15!

kate dicamillo

This contest is sponsored by the Allegheny County Library Association, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

Make a creative project (art, music, video, literature) in response to one of her books or an approved title.  You can draw a picture, write a story, compose a song, anything artistic and creative!

 NOTE: Songs and videos must be saved on a CD or DVD for judging.

Projects can be made by an individual or a group of no more than 5 participants.

Projects and entry forms are due at Avalon by September 15.  If you need a new entry form, we have extras at the desk.


2 Avalon entries will be selected by Avalon staff to move on to the next round (entire North region).

1 North region entry will be selected as the winner of the private meet-and-greet.  5 total winners will attend the meet-and-greet (1 each from the 4 cardinal directions and the city proper).

The Top 10 entries county-wide will receive tickets to Kate’s lecture at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland on October 15.

Other entries may be chosen to be displayed at the lecture.

Winners will be notified in early October.

More information about participating sites, rules, and prizes can be found here.