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April 2018 Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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SPL will be closed on Sunday, April 1 in Observance of Easter Sunday. Though April showers may come your way They bring the flowers that bloom in May So if it's raining, have no regrets Because it isn't raining rain, you know, (It's raining violets,) And where you see clouds upon the hills You soon will see crowds of daffodils So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list'ning for his song Whenever April showers come along April Showers Performed by Bing Crosby Written by Buddy DeSylva, Louis Silvers

The Friends of the Sewickley Public Library invite you to the fourth fundraising exhibition. Get more information on page 7 of this newsletter. 1

April 2018 Another record year for Make a Blind Date with a Book! The Teen Department’s Make a Blind Date with a Book program takes place every February and gives participating students a FREE BOOK matched to their tastes when they fill out a readers’ survey. In addition to students from Quaker Valley Middle School, Sewickley Academy, Holy Family Academy and the entire student body of Ambridge Junior High, 8th Graders from North Allegheny’s Marshall Middle School students joined in the fun. All told, we gave away around 702 books to area students in grades 6-12.

Poetry: Sound and Sense, A Workshop with Shirley S. Stevens Tuesday, April 17, 1:00 PM Poetry is an oral art. Poetry uses language in a lively way to say more and to say it more intensely. It also involves a sense, a perception of life that widens and sharpens our contacts through words. Come to this workshop to celebrate spring, which is “mud luscious and puddle wonderful" as e.e. cummings reminds us. Please register.

Town Hall Event: Update on the Raymond Suckling Bequest Save the Date… Sunday, May 20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Join us for a fun and creative discussion of library programs and services to envision a new future for Sewickley Public Library in the implementation of a generous $500,000 annual bequest from lifelong Sewickley resident, Raymond S. Suckling. Please bring your ideas. We want to hear what your library means to you! Space is limited, so make a reservation today at In the interim, you may be receiving a letter in the mail asking for your support of the library’s annual fund for 2018. Despite the large bequest on the horizon, the library will receive only a portion of the bequest until the year 2021 when we can expect to receive the full amount. We continue to require a strong foundation in the interim, and beyond, so that Mr. Suckling’s generous donation can have the reach he intended. Together, we can realize a bright future for our library. Please thoughtfully consider making a donation in whatever amount is possible for you.

Annual SPL Chess Tournament The winners for the 2018 Sewickley Public Library Chess Tournament are: Junior 1st Ayush Srivastava nd Junior 2 Nikhil Bonthu st Senior 1 Krushna Bhanushali Senior 2nd Thomas Gayliardi The first place winners of each division will be moving on to the Allegheny County Chess Tournament in April. Congratulations to all of our players for playing so well!

This Month the Display Cases will be filled with artwork made by Quaker Valley elementary, middle and high school students. 2

Children’s Department - April 2018 On Going Programs (No Registration) Mighty Math – Mondays: 6:45 PM - Early math concepts for toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers!  Lots of fun with numbers and more!  TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS, W/ ADULT. Babies and Books - Tuesdays: 9:30AM & 10:30AM & 1:00PM  Nursery and action rhymes, books and songs for children up to 24 months, with caregiver.  Please, no older children. 2-Year-Old Storytime - Wednesdays: 9:30AM & 10:30AM - A half hour of fingerplays, songs, and stories for 2-year-olds with an adult. Please, no older children. Pre-School Storytime - Thursdays: 9:30AM & 1:30PM- Ages 3-6 without a caregiver, meet for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays.  Dance Party - Thursdays:  6:45PM - Toddlers and Preschoolers with a caregiver, come and dance the night away!  Family Block Party - Saturdays: 10:30 AM - It’s a Block Party! PLAY, BUILD, READ and LEARN together with blocks. Develop hand -eye coordination and learn STEAM concepts. BIRTH – Age 6. Please register online for the following unless otherwise noted.

Birth -5 years old Baby & Toddler Sensory Time – Wednesday, April 11, 6:00- 7:00 PM - Stop in at any time during this hour long sensory experience! Babies and toddlers can play and explore our various sensory stations that will encourage your little one’s curiosity and sense of wonder through touch, sight and sound. Babies & Toddlers W/ ADULT. Parachute Play – Friday April 13, 11:00 - 11:30 AM Thirty minutes of activities that includes music, creative movement and fun, all with one colorful parachute! Ages 2-5 WITH ADULT. Super Science - Friday, April 20, 1:00 - 1:45 PM – Preschool program that pairs books with hands-on experiences to engage and interest children through active, scientific learning. While using observation and critical thinking, children and parents will explore different scientific concepts. AGES 3-5 WITH ADULT. Grades K-5 Lego Club, Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 – 6:45 PM - Lego Party! Children will be encouraged to put their creativity to work and build awesome Lego creations. Dog Tales – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 4:00 PM – Certified Therapy Dogs LOVE to be read to! Come pick out a picture book of your choice and snuggle up with a furry reading companion. Join us for a 15-minute time slot to read to a dog.

Lego Club, Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 - 6:45 PM - Lego Party! Children will be encouraged to put their creativity to work and build awesome Lego creations. American Girl – Lea - Saturday, April 21. 1:00 - 2:30 PM - Join us for a movie and snack as we celebrate the American Girl of the Year 2016 – Lea Clark. As the adventurous Lea explores the country of Brazil we will learn about the country and its many animals. Chess Club– Sunday, April 22, 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Kings, Queens, Rooks, Knights, Bishops and Pawns everywhere for everyone to play!  Beginners to advanced players welcome. Bring your chess set if you’re able. Grades 3-5  Kids Knit! Saturday, April 14, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Calling all knitters, crocheters, and crafters in Grades 3-5 who love all things yarn! Let's work on our own projects or learn how to knit together! There is a $5 materials fee if you need materials. Smart Art - Sunday, April 15, 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Back by popular request! We will take a look at an artist or artistic movement from history and then make our own creation in the same style!   Sewickley Stars - Thursday, April 19, 7:30 - 8:30 PM Need a little drama in your life? Let's act out! Practice and perform in one evening! No memorization required!   Family Programs 4th Grade Battle of the Book - Wednesday, April 4, @7PM at Osborne Gymnasium - Family and Friends are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorite teams! 5th Grade Battle of the Books – Thursday, April 5, @ 7PM at Osborne Gymnasium - Family and Friends are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorite teams! Family Story Time at Ohio Township Nature Center – Mondays, April 9, 16,23 & 30, 10:00 - 10:45AM Sewickley Public Library is hosting a family story time at the Ohio Township Nature Center. Stories, songs and crafts for the whole family. Please call the Library to register! Family PJ Party Storytime & Fort Building - Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 - 7:00PM – Wear your PJ's and join us for a cozy hour of reading books in our very own forts. Don't forget to bring your favorite stuffy to join us! 3


Adult Programs - April 2018 Write Now! - Every Friday, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Conducted by Jeanne Zell, participants enjoy writing from prompts in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

monitors, and audio editing software. The equipment can be requested and reserved free of charge! Please Register.

Coffee and Crafting – Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM - This month’s project: Fun Notepads. Bring a piece of cardboard cut from your favorite food or beverage packaging and we'll help you turn it into a notepad using book binding techniques. Please Register.

Microsoft Excel – Part 2 - Wednesday, April 18, 11 AM – 1 PM – This session goes beyond an introduction. Please Register.

ED TALKS: Exploring Little Sewickley Creek – Wednesday, Sahaja Meditation - Every Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM April 11, 7:00 PM - Water is our most precious and Enjoy silence, peace, and stress release - always free. interconnected natural resource. It sustains all ecosystems, Take a Wise Walk at the Library beginning Thursday, April communities, and economies in the boroughs it runs through. It is vital to sustaining your health, safety, and the 5, 9:30 AM - Join us as we begin environments in which we live and work. Simply put, a our 19th season of Wise Walks. If clean watershed environment gives us a better life. We will you are an active 50+ adult, this take a look at Little Sewickley Creek’s history, the dynamics 10-week walking program might of flowing water, and the animals who find a home in this be just the thing to get you stream’s watershed. What animals might you see and or started on an exercise program. hear while visiting this habitat? Please Register. Senior Computer Club - Thursday, April 5, 12:00 PM Poetry: Sound and Sense, A Workshop with Shirley S. If you’re an older adult and want to have fun, make new Stevens – Tuesday, April 17, 1:00 - 2:30 PM - Please see friends, and learn about computers and the Internet, page 2 of this newsletter for more information. Please please join us monthly. Please Register. Register. Adult Knitting Club - Tuesday, April 3, 10:00 AM - New to FINANCIAL PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS UNDER THE the hobby or have years of experience, everyone is NEW TAX CODE, an AAII Personal Financial Planning welcome. An experienced knitter will be on hand to Special Interest Group (SIG) Presentation - Tuesday, April answer your questions. 17, 7:00 PM - Knowing how to determine what Spanish Conversation Group – Tuesdays, April 3 & 17, combination of taxable and retirement assets is right for 6:30 PM - This group meets the First and Third Tuesdays you is a critical part of building your investment portfolio. each month and is led by a native Spanish speaker. It is also important to understand the impact of taxes on your retirement withdrawal strategies when you transition Query Club/Sewickley Public Library Speakers' Series from income-earning years to withdrawals from your Monday, April 9, 7:00 PM - Theme: The Wide World of financial resources. Attend this session to learn more Sports. This meeting’s topics: "Big Data Baseball" - Bob about changes in the tax code that can provide immediate Schneider AND "Boardgames and Cards: Antidotes to and long-term planning opportunities. Boredom" - Mary Wear

Conversation Salon - Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 AM This engaging group of adults meets for coffee and great discussions! New Audio Recording Equipment – Hands-On Introduction - Wednesday, April 11, 3-4:30 PM Interested in recording your own audio but don’t have the equipment? Drop in for this program to learn about Sewickley’s new audio recording equipment. This equipment includes microphones, mixing equipment,

Let's Talk About Murder! True Crime Discussion Group – Monday, April 23, 7:00 PM - Calling all TRUE CRIME FANS! Each month we'll pick a theme! Come with a story to share based on the theme! Local legends, unsolved mysteries, famous cases - all are welcome! April's theme: Pick Your Poison. Open to all adults 21+ Senior iPad/iPhone Club – Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 AM - We welcome all adults and seniors who are interested in expanding their knowledge of iPads and iPhones. Please bring your own device if you already own one. Please Register.

April Book Groups Mystery Book Group - Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7 PM Fourth Tuesday Book Group - Tuesday, Apr. 24, 7 PM - A Gentleman in Moscow Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz by Amor Towles Brown Bag Book Group – Thursday, Apr. 19, 11:30 AM - The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott 5



Mon 6:45-Mighty Math



9:30-Babies ST

9:30-2’s ST

10:00-Adult Knitting

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10:30-Babies ST

3:00-Gaming Wednesday

1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Anime Club

7:00-4th Gr BOB




9:30-Pre-school ST 10:30-Write Now 9:30-Wise Walk NATIONAL 12:00-Senior CARAMEL Computer Club POPCORN DAY! 1:30-Pre-school ST

10:30-Family Block Party 11:00Meditation

4:00-Cook It!

6:00-Lego Club

6:45-Dance Party

6:30-Spanish Convo

7:00-5th Gr BOB

3:00-Dog Tales

10:00-Family Storytime at OTNC 6:45-Mighty Math 7:00-Query Club

9:30-Babies ST

9:30-2’s ST

10:00-Coffee & Crafting

10:00-Convo Salon

10:30-Babies ST

3:00-Gaming Wednesday

1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Teen Knit Club 7:00-Mystery BG

10:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST 10:30-Write Now 9:30-Wise Walk 11:00-Parachute 1:30-Pre-school ST Play 6:45-Dance Party

10:30-Family Block Party

9:30-Pre-school ST 10:30-Write Now 9:30-Wise Walk 1:00-Super 11:30-BBBG Science 1:30-Pre-school ST NATIONAL 4:00-Cook It! LIMA BEAN

10:30-Family Block Party

11:00Meditation 2:00-Kids Knit

3:00-Audio Recording Hands-on 6:00-Sensory Time 7:00-ED Talks


10:00-Family Storytime at OTNC 6:00-Teen Advisory Council 6:45-Mighty Math

9:30-Babies ST

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10:30-Babies ST

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1:00-Babies ST

11:00-Excel 2

1:00-Poetry: Sound and Sense

3:00-Gaming Wednesday

3:30-Anime Club

6:00-Family PJ Party Storytime

6:00-Lego Club 7:00-AAII

6:30-The Greatest Showman Interactive Movie

9:30-Babies ST

9:30-2’s ST

10:30-Babies ST

10:30-2’s ST

1:00-Babies ST

11:00-Senior iPad/ iPhone Club

6:30-Spanish Convo


10:00-Family Storytime at OTNC 6:45-Mighty Math 7:00-Lets Talk About Murder


10:00-Family PET PARENTS Storytime at OTNC DAY 6:45-Mighty Math

3:30-Teen Knit Club 7:00-4th Tuesday BG

6:45-Dance Party


1:00-American Girl


7:30-Sewickley Stars

9:30-Pre-school ST 10:30-Write Now 9:30-Wise Walk NATIONAL 1:30-Pre-school ST ARBOR DAY 6:45-Dance Party

3:00-Gaming Wednesday

April 2018


10:30-Family Block Party 11:00Meditation 5:00-Spring Bound IV





Join us again as we celebrate what binds and nurtures our community: The Sewickley Public Library & regional artists. All exhibited artwork is for sale. After the artists’ commission, 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Friends of Sewickley Public Library. Please check the FOSPL Facebook page for previews of some of the artists. Champagne Vernissage passed hors d’oeuvres 5pm – 6pm, $75/ticket Early entry for VIP preview of the artwork for purchase. Includes $25 credit towards $100+ artwork purchase. General Admission wine and hors d’oeuvres 6pm – 8pm, $25/ticket Tickets available starting Tuesday, March 20 at the Sewickley Public Library Circulation Desk and also online at Advance purchase is recommended. Inquiries: 412-741-6920 ext. 6 7

April 2018 Phone 412-741-6920 Children’s 412-741-0937 Renewals 412-622-1895

Memorial Donations: Patrick and Joan Branch in memory of Wolfgang Bitterolf Frederick and Elizabeth Minter in memory of Mary Ann Irvine Klussmann Dr. John Barber in memory of Dr. John Moyer

500 Thorn Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

SPL Annual Appeal Donations: Arthur and Janet Innamorato J. F. (Rick) and Dotti Miller Quentin and Mary Milliner Friends of Sewickley Public Library Annual Appeal Donations: Walter Quinn Frank Sopko and Allison Lamb

Honor Donations: Bethany Addams in honor of Everett Dean General Donations: AmazonSmile Foundation Roger and Lea Brown Eaton Foundation Michael and Patricia Ingram Gregory and Nancy Todd Russell and Susan Ulmer

SPL has Many Thanks to Give!  Thank you Magic Wand Princess Parties for making a special appearance at the Children's Department on March 3 for our Ann & Elsa Frozen Party!  Thank you to Caitie Morphew, Kathy Fear, Greg and Nancy Todd, and Kelly Rottmund for their assistance with Make a Blind Date with a Book 2018!  Thank you to Tom Forrest, Rich Hollein, Ruth Neely, Cindy Meurer and Miriam Klein for their assistance with Teen Battle of the Books 2018! 8