CLAV December 2022 Newsletter

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Friends of the Library

Angel Tree

December 2022

The Friends of the Library have a giving tree in the library lobby in December! Just grab a tag and bring your donation back to the library. Stop by to see what you can give to the library to help prepare for next year!

(724) 226-3491 | 1522 Broadview Blvd. Natrona Heights, PA 15065 December 2022 A Publication of Community Library of Allegheny Valley Hours: Monday Thursday 10am to 7pm
10am to 3pm
9am to 4pm Closed Sunday

Children (Birth thru Kindergarten)

Baby Time - Every Wednesday | 9:30 am Winter session starts January 11

Miss Judy will present Baby Time in the library every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Join Miss Judy and Ploppers for stories, songs, rhymes and more! No registration required.

Story Time - Every Tuesday | 10:00 am—Winter session starts January 10

Join Miss Judy for Story Time in the library! This class is for children 3 to 5 years of age. We read stories, sing, count, recite the ABC's and a whole lot more fun! Registration is not required.

Register online at or by calling 724 226 3491 Funding for these programs is provided by the Ira and Frances Wood Library Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Support the library by purchasing a Cash Calendar Lottery Raffle Ticket. Tickets can be purchased for $5 each online or at the library and will be available for each month of 2022. All cash winnings will be determined by the amount shown on the ticket. Each entry is two lottery numbers.

Winning numbers taken from the official PA Daily 'PICK 3" No. 7 PM drawing 1st number drawn is official. Thanks for your support!

New Library Hours

The library will be adjusting its hours for the Winter months. Our new hours are:

Monday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Reminder: Holiday Closings

December 24th - 25th:

Library closed for Christmas December 31st, 2022:

Library closing at 2 p.m. for New Year’s Eve January 16th, 2023: Library closed for Staff Development Day

The library is 100 years old!

The library will be celebrating 100 years of library service to the community. It all started on March 15, 1923 when the Tarentum Library Association formed. Our first library card was given out almost a year later on January 14, 1924. We are so proud to be your library and grateful for all of the support you have shown us over the past 100 years!

We look forward to 100 more!

Samantha loved being with friends and enjoyed making crafts. Join us for hot chocolate and fun activities that include making both simple and fancy snowflakes! Dolls welcome!

For ages 7 & Up. Each participant is asked to bring a mug. Limited spaces. Please register in advance. Registration opens January 2nd.

Funding for these programs is provided by the Ira and Frances Wood Library Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Register online at or by calling 724 226 3491

Youth & Teens (Kindergarten

12th Grade)

Step-by-Step Painting for Teens: Winter Gnome

Wednesday, December 28 | 5:30 pm

Learn how to paint this adorable winter gnome! This acrylic painting Tutorial will be done on an 11 x 14 inch canvas with acrylic paints. We will follow along with an online video instructor to create your masterpiece!

All supplies provided. For teens (ages 12 18). There will be a $5 fee per participant. Seating and supplies are limited, so please register to attend. Registration opens on December 1.


Survived Book Club

Tuesday, December 20 | 5:00 pm

This historical fiction series tells a terrifying and thrilling story from history, through the eyes of a kid who lived to tell the tale! December’s book is: I Survived The Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967. One random name will be drawn from those in attendance to win a free paperback copy of next month's book!

Please RSVP to attend. Limited seating in person.

Needle and Thread Club

Saturday, December 10 | 1:00 pm

December Featured Project: DIY Yarn Gnomes

Join us for hands-on sewing, weaving and other textilebased projects. This self guided free program is for youth in 4th Grade & up. Basic materials provided. Registration opens December 1st. Please RSVP to attend.

Funding for these programs is provided by the Ira and Frances Wood Library Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Register online at or by calling 724 226 3491

Local History WHO


Musical Memories Local Music History

Tuesday, December 13 | 6:00 pm

Music has always been a large part of our area's history. Learn interesting facts about the variety of local music including area dance halls, drum & bugle corps, musical "hot spots" like the Tarena and Henry's, and the many native PA musical legends!

Discovering Family Roots Genealogy Group

Friday, December 16 1:00pm

Wanting to build your family tree, but don't know where to begin? A longtime genealogist, but stuck in your research? Overwhelmed with trying to organize your old family photos? Share ideas with others, learn new research tips, and see what research resources are available in the library local history department!

Registrations are required. More information and registrations are on our online calendar.

Funding for these programs is provided by the Ira and Frances Wood Library Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Register online at or by calling 724 226 3491

Fund. Local History Hours Monday Thursday: 12:00 - 6:00 pm Closed Friday By appointment Saturday
the library at
to make Saturday appointments.  Questions or
Registrations are requested for in library or Zoom presentations. Limited seating in person. Local history programming is made possible through
Frances Wood Library
(724) 226 3491
local history requests may
made to:
More local history info can be found on our website.


25th Annual Quilt Show

It’s that time again! This year celebrates 25 years of our annual quilt show! We will begin accepting submissions for quilts in January. We have decided to conduct our annual quilt show both on site and virtually this year. Quilts will be displayed in the library, as well as on our social media and our website. Voting for the quilts will begin in February.

The guidelines are: 

This is both an in person and virtual event. Quilts can be submitted to the library physically, or can be submitted via email: and fill out the form. 

Free to enter and vote 

Must be handmade but not necessarily by submitter 

There are 3 categories: hand quilted, machine quilted, wall hanging 

Winner of each category receives a prize*

Anime Club

*categories may be combined depending on number of entrants.

Wednesday, December 14

5:30 pm

Join our group of fellow anime enthusiasts for fun discussions and showings of awesome anime! If teens grade 9 and up would like to attend, please provide a permission slip from the front desk.

The Kitchen Sink Book Club

Wednesday, January 25 | 6:00 pm

This month, we will be reading and discussing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens! Stop by the library and get your copy today. Please register to attend.

Funding for these programs is provided by the Ira and Frances Wood Library Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Collection Connections

Have you noticed our new Collection Connections? The library now has two little free libraries located in Harrison Township and Tarentum Borough. The Tarentum location is in Riverview Park near the Children’s Playground and the Harrison Township location is along Montana Avenue. These Collection Connections offer free books, bookmarks, newsletters and in limited quantities, craft projects. Please feel free to access these boxes at any time when. We will be expanding this program and will let you know each time a new location is added.

Outside the Lines

Monday, January 23 5:30 pm

Join us for a group craft, or bring your own projects! No experience necessary. Plans are in the works for January. Please check out web site. Please register to attend. Limited seating.

50 Book Challenge

Tuesday, January 24 6:00 pm

Come and share your latest reads, swap book recommendations, and socialize with fellow readers! It is a very fun and relaxed structure that allows you to share in all things reading with like minded people. No registrations needed. No December meeting.

Moving Forward with PA Forward®

CLAV is a PA Forward® Gold Star Library!

What does that mean? PA Forward® is a literacy initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Its mission is to fuel success in our communities by promoting the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic & Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. The “Gold Star” library designation CLAV has held since 2020 showcases the library as a high quality learning provider, offering programming and services essential for early literacy and life long learning alike. Look for the Literacy Logos!

You will notice the PA Forward® literacy logos in CLAV’s flyers and newsletters. These designate programs which have a focus on one or more of the five literacies. Want to know more? Ask a librarian or visit for more information on this

Collection Connections are provided by a grant from the Ira and Frances Wood Foundation.