CLAV September 2022 Newsletter

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(724) 226-3491 1522 Broadview Blvd. Natrona Heights, PA 15065

September 2022

A Publication of Community Library of Allegheny Valley

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am to 8pm - Friday 10am to 3pm - Saturday 9am to 4pm - Closed Sunday

We are thrilled to announce the return of “Love Your Library” month this September. Thanks, again to the generosity of the Jack Buncher Foundation, every donation made to Community Library of Allegheny County throughout the month of September will receive a prorated MATCH - up to $500 per donor! With an entire month to "Love Your Library," there are many ways to get involved and double the impact of your support. See our website at for details and get ready to share the love this September!

Support & Sponsorships Make your support go even further by making a tax-deductible donation to CLAV during “Love Your Library” month! See our website under “Donate,” or stop by the library to give in person.

Library Used Book Sale: $5 Bag Sale Do some shopping and support your library! Books are on sale at $5 a bag all month long. All purchases in September count!

Fundraisers Make sure to participate in one of the library’s fundraisers this month:  Buy a library lottery raffle ticket.  Take a chance to win a very cute stuffed bear! He loves the library.  Stop by the library and donate $1 to have a “I Love My Library Heart” displayed for all to see

your love and support!  Merle Norman is donating 10% of sales during the week of September 18-24 to the library.

Children (Birth thru Kindergarten) Baby Time - Every Wednesday Starting September 7 | 9:30 am Baby Time is back for fall! Miss Judy will present Baby Time in the library every Wednesday morning through December 6! There is no registration required. Join Miss Judy and Ploppers for stories, songs, rhymes and more!

Story Time - Every Tuesday starting September 6| 10:00 am Miss Judy is back with 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.

Need Resources for Young Children? We’ve Got You Covered! Check out the “Health and Information Literacy” shelves in the children’s section. We have books on a number of topics to help you better care for and nurture your child!

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) Teens: Love Your Library Hearts

Lego Challenges

Starting Saturday, September 3

Wednesday, September 7 | 4:30 pm

Show your library some love! Make a cool sharpie Calling all LEGO Builders! This program offers & alcohol heart painting on a mini canvas to challenge activities to spark your imagination and display. For teens in the Young Adult area of the build critical thinking skills. For children in Grades 2library. Limited supply, first come first serve.

5. Please RSVP to attend.

Magic Tree House Adventures Thursday, September 15 | 4:30 pm Join Mrs. Wilson at the library as she reads aloud from a selected Magic Tree House book that includes a hands-on book related activity/craft. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House is one of the best selling chapter book series of all time. Come travel through time with Jack and Annie! This free program is for children in grades 1-4. Registration required. Limited spaces.

Needle and Thread Club

I Survived Book Club

Saturday, September 17 | 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 27 | 5:00 pm

Join us for hands-on sewing, weaving and other

This historical fiction series tells a

textile-based projects. This self-guided free

terrifying and thrilling story from

program is for youth in 4th Grade & up. Basic

history! One name will be drawn



from those in attendance to win a


free paperback copy of next


month's book! 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 KNEW? Wonders of Libraries

Discovering Family Roots

Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Genealogy Group


Friday, September 16

Did you know Pittsburgh industrialist, Andrew Carnegie,

1:00 pm

donated more than $40 million dollars in his lifetime to open Share ideas with others, learn new "free" libraries? The first of 1,679 "free" libraries he opened research tips, and see what research across the country was the Carnegie Free Library of Braddock in resources are available in the library 1889. Discover many other amazing and interesting facts about local history department! libraries through time and their importance in today's world! Registrations are required. More Please RSVP to attend. Limited seating in person. information and registrations are on our Local history programming is made possible through the Ira online calendar. and Frances Wood Library Fund.

Local History Hours Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 6:00 pm Closed Friday By appointment Saturday Call the library at (724) 226-3491 to make Saturday appointments.  Questions or local history requests may be made to:  More local history info can be found on our website. 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

Adults How to Use a Computer

Adult Craft: Mini

Local Author Q&A!

Thu, Sept 1 | 6:00 pm

Canvas Hearts

Tue, Sept 6 | 6:00 pm







a Starting

Saturday, Come for a behinds-the-scenes

computer or teach someone how? September 3, draw or paint on look Join us and learn the basics of mini computer







canvases for Love your published Frank's Bear Cave, a

the Library Month! Draw or paint a true crime story by Glenn

buttons and parts of a computer do, heart or something related to Harvey set in Western PA in the how to use the mouse,

browsing the love your library, and

return it early



internet, and more! Please RSVP to to be displayed in a mini art Registrations required. attend.


Discover Medicare

Anime Club

Owls of PA

Thu, Sept 8 | 6:30 pm

Wed, Sept 14 | 5:30 pm

Thu, Sept 29 | 5:30 pm

Sat, Sep 17 | 10:00 am

Join our group of fellow anime Join Julie of Allegheny Land Trust

You're invited to attend a free enthusiasts Medicare 101 seminar! This discussions

for and

good and learn all about the many owls


of that call PA home! Discover the

presentation will cover how and awesome anime! If teens grade 9 hidden life of owls, learn how to when to enroll, RX coverage, and up would like to attend, recognize them, and find out how to and more. Reserve your spot please provide a today by phone at 1-800-800- permission slip from 1999 or 412-512-0106.

attract them to your yard. RSVP to attend.

the front desk.

Identity Theft: How to Prevent It! Thu, Sept 15 | 1:00 pm Identity theft is a threat, but there are ways to

The Kitchen Sink Book Club Wed, Sept 28 | 6:00 pm This month, we will be reading and

prevent it! Come to this free program to learn how discussing The Midnight Library by Matt Haig! to reduce the chances of it happening to you. Copies are now available to borrow. RSVP to attend.

Registrations required.

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

Upcoming Events Potter Fest!

Amorphophallus: An Introduction

Sunday, October 9 | 5:00-6:30 pm

to the Corpse Flowers

Get transported to the enchanted world of Harry Potter

Thursday, October 13 | 6:00 pm

at the library! Get sorted into a house, play Quidditch, Join local horticulturalist Timothy Choltco for a pin the scar on Harry, conjure up some Potion Slime, presentation on the exotic corpse flowers and and go on a Horcrux Hunt! It is recommended that all learn all about what they are, how to care for wizards and witches be 5 and up. This event is free and them, and what to look out for when growing registration is required. them! Limited spaces.

Please RSVP to attend.

Harry Potter Trivia Night

Library Closings

Saturday, October 22 | 7:00pm

Monday, September 5

Round up your fellow muggles and join us for a

Labor Day

magical night to test your knowledge of the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. All teams must be registered before Saturday, October 15th and paid to be eligible to

Friday, October 28

play. More details to follow.

WHO KNEW? Ghost Trails of PA

Haunted Library!

Tuesday, October 18 | 6:00 pm

Friday, October 28 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Learn about the many trails in Pennsylvania that The Library’s all set for Halloween! Come to our are said to be home to spooky denizens! Look for Haunted Library inside for kids 5 and up, or to the more details of this month's presentation to be outside pumpkin walk for younger children. Be sure to announced later.

come in your costume! Treat bags will also be available

Please RSVP to attend.

in the lobby. No registration is required.

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

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!

CLAV is a Family Place Library™ Family Place™ builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development. The overall goal of Family Place Libraries™ is to develop and institutionalize a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support and community information. For more information, ask a librarian or visit

50 Book Challenge

Outside the Lines

Tue, September 27 6:00 pm Come and share your latest reads, swap book recommendations, and socialize with fellow readers. This is a very fun and relaxed structure that allows you to share in all things reading with like-minded people. No registrations

Adult Crafting Club Mon, September 26 5:30 pm Come join us for a fun craft with other fellow crafters! If you want to bring your own crafting projects, feel free! Please register.


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