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

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.

Sep 022015

Mystery Book Group

Saturday, September 12 at 10:30 AM – Love You More by Lisa Gardner – Library Reading Room


Community Book Group

Monday, August 10 at 11:15 AM – The Private Patient by P.D. James – YMCA Community Center

private patient

Sep 022015

Here are our storytime themes for September.

There will be no storytime on September 7.  We’ll be closed for Labor Day.

September 8: Janice’s Choice

September 14 & 15: Golden Grands – Celebrate Grandparents’ Day

September 21 & 22: Fall into Autumn!

September 28 & 29: An Apple a Day


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

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

Aug 272015

pirate parrot

Monday 8/31 is the last day to turn in any Pirates Tales forms!  If you’re between the ages of 4-12, stop in and grab some last minute entry forms today.  3 kids from Avalon will win tickets to an upcoming Pirates game!

August Movie Selection

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Aug 202015

This month we’re screening the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel about a woman and her three very different suitors.

far from the madding crowd still

Friday, August 29, at 1 PM

Saturday, August 30, at 10 AM & 1 PM

Rated PG-13

Conference Room (Downstairs)