Mad Science!

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Jul 302016

On your mark, get set… energize!

Energy is the ability to do work. Hands-on experiments use combinations of elastic, springs, and gears to store potential energy and release kinetic energy.

See light converted into motion with a radiometer and motion converted into light with a hand-crank flashlight!mad science

Friday, August 12 at 2 PM

Presented by Mad Science Pittsburgh

For grades K-6

Conference Room (Downstairs)

Space is limited – RSVP by phone or in person NO LATER than Tuesday, August 9

August Storytime Themes

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Jul 292016

Here are our storytime themes for August.

August 1 & 2: Driving in the Fast Lane

August 8 & 9: Go for the Gold!

August 15 & 16: Are We There Yet?

August 22 & 23: School Daze

August 29 & 30: Dog (and Cat) Days

sesame street school

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

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

We also offer Books & Babies on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 AM for children up to 24 months!

And, of course, our canine companion Allie will be here on Saturday, August 13 & 27, at 2 PM!

August Book Club Selections

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Jul 252016

Mystery Book Group

Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 AM – A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn – Library Reading Room

fistful of collars

Summary from Goodreads: “Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what should have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated—especially when they discover that Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley that nobody wants to talk about. What kind of secret could Thad have left behind when he went to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune? The only people who might know the answer have a bad habit of turning up dead before they can talk.

As Bernie’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend Suzie goes long-distance, and Chet’s late-night assignations appear to have resulted in an unexpected dividend, it’s all our two sleuths can do to keep Thad and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on in their sights. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.”

Community Book Group

Monday, August 8 at 11:15 AM – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – YMCA Community Center

never let me go

Summary from Goodreads: “As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have re-entered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Paranormal Book Group

Saturday, August 27 at 10:30 AM – Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield  – Library Reading Room

bellman & black

Summary from Goodreads: “As a boy of 10, William Bellman killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who ‘could go to the good or the bad.’ And indeed, although William Bellman’s life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife’s fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called ‘Bellman & Black’ . . .”

July Movie

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Jul 232016

Country-western music star Hank Williams rises to fame, but it has tragic consequences on his health and personal life in this biographic drama.

I saw the light stills

Friday, July 29 at 1 PM

Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM & 1 PM

Conference Room (Downstairs)

Rated R

An Evening of Storytelling

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Jul 092016

There’s nothing quite like a good story!

Join master storyteller, Kathy Maron-Wood, for an evening of all-ages storytelling in support of the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival.


Thursday, July 14 at 7 PM

Conference Room (Downstairs)