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DECEMBER 2017 Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

9AM - 9PM 9AM - 6PM 9AM - 5PM 1PM - 5PM

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The Library will CLOSE at 5PM on December 1 to prepare for Light Up Night. The Library will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25.

"I heard a bird sing In the dark of December A magical thing And sweet to remember. 'We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,' I heard a bird sing In the dark of December." - Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

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A Dog Day in December

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DECEMBER 2017 Light Up Night 2017 is Friday, December 1 Visit the Library from 6PM to 9PM to warm up, enjoy a cookie, and make a take-home craft during Light Up Night. In the Children’s Department, we will celebrate our annual Trim-a-Tree Party. There will also be a holiday movie and a paper craft table for teens and grown-ups near the Reference Desk. Enjoy music ensembles from Chris Burgh’s QVSD Youth Ensemble and more.

Holiday Shopping at the Library. You’ll be here anyway; make a dent in that list! Santa has to return some books (Elf Discipline 101; How to Stop Reindeer Bullying; Metaphysical Properties of Chimneys Around the World) and check his list (twice!) using the Library computers. While he’s here, he might mosey on by the display cases, check out the FOSPL Holiday Sale Tables, and even do some online shopping of his own. Be like Santa this year and get the most for your time and money...

In December, the display cases will have an array of gift items made by local artists and craftspeople. We will feature work by artist and children’s illustrator Jeff Brunner, and offer a children’s ornament making workshop, in conjunction with SPL’s Children’s Department, with him on Sunday, December 10th from 1 2:30 PM, Grades K – 5. Artists also included in the holiday gift exhibit are Kathryn Carr, Bill Scimio, Randi Morgan, Larissa Graudins of Rissi Design, Huffalo, Shivika Ashvana, Margaret Hendrickson and others. Find something beautiful for a loved one or yourself! The Friends of the Sewickley Library will be selling a variety of holiday books, decorations, gifts and more on the sale tables. Stop by often because the selection will be changing throughout the month! Online Shopping? Be sure to use our AmazonSmile link ( and we will receive a portion of the proceeds from your AmazonSmile purchases!

It’s A Dog Day in December Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM Holiday Hounds! Deck your Dogs! Caroling Canines! Celebrate your pooch this month at our Woofy Holiday Party! All friends are welcome, whether two paws or four, if you register in time. Treats (for dogs and their humans), Music, Games, and More await! Space is limited; registration required.

Save the Date for These 2018 Programs! Pre-School Open House -Wed., January 24, at 7:00 PM 4th Grade Battle of Books Info Meeting- Tues., January 30, 7:00 PM 5th Grade Battle of the Books Info Meeting- Wed., January 31, 7:00 PM 6th Grade Battle of the Books - Tues., February 27, 7:00 PM 7th & 8th Grade Battle of the Books- Wed., February 28, 7:00 PM High School Battle of the Books- Tues., March 6, 6:30 PM

Keep the kids occupied and keep your sanity! Don’t forget to order your holiday travel kits, grandparent kits or boredom buster kits to enhance your holiday season with materials to keep the family happy.

Bruegger's Fundraising Coupons - Please visit brueggers-coupons on the first Saturday each month to print the coupons. 2

Children’s Department - DECEMBER 2017 On Going Programs (No Registration) (NO SESSIONS 12/18 - 12/31)

Holiday Ornament Workshop with artist Jeff Brunner Mighty Math – Mondays, 6:45 – 7:15 PM - Early math concepts Sunday, December 10, 1 – 2:30 PM - During this for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers! Lots of fun with workshop, kids are invited to create an ornament for numbers and more! TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS, WITH the holidays with Jeff Brunner, a Pittsburgh artist, and ADULT. children's illustrator. Participants will use cardboard, Babies and Books - Tuesdays: 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM masking tape, paint, and acrylic sealer to create their Nursery and action rhymes, books and songs for children up to 24 own original design. Please have your child wear a months, with a caregiver. Please, no older children. 2-Year-Old Storytime - Wednesdays: 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM - A half smock or clothes that can get messy. Grades K – 5. hour of fingerplays, songs, and stories for 2-year-olds with an Dog Tales adult. Please, no older children. Sunday, December 10, 3 -4 PM - Certified Therapy Pre-School Storytime - Thursdays: 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM- Ages 3-6 Dogs LOVE to be read to but we need children to read without a caregiver, meet for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and to them! While snuggling and petting a dog, choose a fingerplays. picture book we provide and read to your furry Dance Party - Thursdays: 6:45 PM - Toddlers and Preschoolers reading companion. Please register for a 15-minute with a caregiver, come and dance the night away! time slot to read to a dog. AGES 4-10, WITH CAREGIVER. Please Register for the following unless otherwise noted. Baby & Toddler Sensory Time Wednesday, December 13, 6-7 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 WITH CAREGIVER.

Light up Night Open House Trim the Tree! Friday, December 1, 6 - 9 PM – Help decorate the Children’s Department by making ornaments to trim our trees. ALL-AGES. Holiday Wreath Making Monday, December 4, 4-5:30 PM - The Watershed Association and the Village Garden Club of Sewickley will show us how to make our own holiday wreaths, using grapevine frames and fresh evergreens. Please bring a bow or a small holiday decoration for your wreaths. GRADES 3-8.

American Girl: Holiday Tea Saturday, December 16, 1-2 PM OR 2:30-3:30 PM Dress in your holiday finest, bring your best manners and favorite doll (any doll), and enjoy traditional savory treats from bygone eras. Please bring a teacup if able. There is a $1.00 materials fee for this program. Registration required by December 14. GRADES K-5.

Parachute Play Friday, December 8, 11-11:30 AM - Thirty minutes of activities that include music, creative movement and fun, all with one colorful parachute! AGES 2-5 WITH ADULT.

Chess Club Sunday, December 17, 2 - 3 PM - Kings, Queens, Rooks, Knights, Bishops, and Pawns everywhere for everyone to play! All skill levels welcome! Bring a chess set if you’re able. GRADES K-5.

Pop-Up Christmas Cards Friday, December 8, 4-5 PM - Have fun making Christmas cards to give loved ones & learn the techniques to properly address an envelope to Santa at the North Pole. Afterwards, we’ll share some hot cocoa and cookies. GRADES 3-5.

Holiday Movie Thursday, December 28, 1 PM – Muppets Christmas Carol. - Looking for something to do between Christmas and New Years? Join Gingerbread House Fun Saturday, December 9, 1 - 2 PM or 2:30-3:30 PM - You us for an afternoon of holiday movies & popcorn! FAMILY PROGRAM. supply the imagination—we provide the fixings!

Polar Express Storytime and Movie Saturday, December 30, 1 PM – Join us for a cup of hot chocolate while we watch the Polar Express. Don’t forget to wear your PJ’s and bring your blanket & pillow for movie time. FAMILY PROGRAM.

Decorate your own graham cracker house, to eat or to display! Please bring a shoebox to transport your creation home. $2.00 materials fee per house. Registration required by December 7. FAMILY PROGRAM. 3


Adult Programs - DECEMBER 2017 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. (No session on 12/22)

Senior Computer Club - Thursday, December 7, 12:00 PM - If you’re an older adult and want to have fun, make new friends, and learn about computers and the Internet please join us monthly. Please register.

Friday, December 15 - Author Sydelle Pearle will be attending Write Now to speak about her book, Wordwings - Sydelle Pearl is a Pittsburgh award-winning author who has written books in genres including folktales, historical fiction, and biography. Her most recent book is Wordwings, a novel set in the Warsaw Ghetto, that was published in October by Guernica Editions. Wordwings is about the power of Story and Art to uplift people. 

Tea and Inspiration – Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 7 PM - Share a cup of tea and conversation centered on uplifting quotations on a different theme each week. Coffee & Crafting – Tuesday, December 12, 10:00 AM Focus: Holiday Cards. Join us for fun and cardmaking as we create three holiday cards to share with family and friends. All materials and envelops will be provided for a fee of $10. Please register in advance by December 8th.

Sahaja Meditation - Every Saturday, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM - Enjoy the silence, peace, and stress release that is always free.

Conversation Salon - Wednesday, December 13, Query Club/Sewickley Public Library Speakers' Series 10:00 AM - This engaging group of adults meets on – Monday, December 4, 7:00 PM - This year's theme: the second Wednesday of each month. Coffee and The Wide World of Sports. Topics for this meeting: great discussions! Terror at the Olympics – Munich 1972, by Janet Oellig iPad/iPhone Club - Wednesday, December 13, 11:00 Say It Ain’t So, Joe, by Tom Graham AM - We welcome all adults and seniors who are Adult Knitting Club - Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 AM - New to the hobby or have years of experience, everyone is welcome. An experienced knitter will be on hand to answer your questions.

interested in expanding their knowledge of iPads and iPhones. Bring your device if you already own one. Please register. A Dog Day in December – Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM – More info on Page 2.

Getting Started with Microsoft Publisher Wednesday, December 6, 11 AM – 1 PM - Learn the basic skills you need to get started with Publisher. Design a poster, an invitation to a Christmas Party, fliers and more. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Privacy and Security Online Wednesday, December 20, 11 AM – 1 PM An introduction to being safe and secure online. Learn about Cinema Circle Film Screening - Wednesday, best practices to avoid December 6, 6:00 PM - Screening of this month’s film viruses, identity theft, followed by a discussion. The Valet (La doublure) - A fake news and more. porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple REGISTRATION to salvage a CEO's marriage. (2006, PG-13, 1hr REQUIRED. 25min.) December Book Groups Mystery Book Group - Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 PM - The Brown Bag Book Group – Thursday, Dec. 21, 11:30 AM - The Storied Life of Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Get Lit - Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 PM - Christmas days: 12 A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin stories and 12 feasts for 12 days by Jeanette Winterson at 424 Walnut 5











9:30-Babies ST 10:00-Adult Knitting 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Anime Club

9:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:30-2’s ST

12:00-Senior Computer Club 1:30-Pre-school ST

1:00-Holiday Ornament Workshop with Jeff Brunner 3:00-Dog Tales

6:45-Mighty Math

9:30-Babies ST 10:00-Coffee & Crafting 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Teen Knit Club 7:00-Mystery BG 7:00-Get Lit BG at 424 Walnut

9:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:00-Convo Salon 10:30-2’s ST

1:30-Pre-school ST

2:00-A Dog Day in December 2:00-Chess Club

6:00-Teen Advisory Council

3:30-Anime Club

11:00-Privacy & Security Online

11:30-BBBG 7:00-Tea & Inspiration

10:00-Christmas Test Prep Crash Course

10:00-Christmas Test Prep Crash Course

10:00-Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 1:00-Holiday Movie 7:00-Tea & Inspiration


10:30-Write Now

Sat 11:00-Meditation


6:00- Light Up Night

4:00-Holiday Wreath Making 6:45-Mighty Math 7:00-Query Club



11:00-Microsoft Publisher 6:00-Cinema Circle

11:00-Senior iPad/ iPhone 6:00-Baby & Toddler Sensory Time 6:00-Holidays at Hogwarts


4:00-Cook It! 6:45-Dance Party 7:00-Tea & Inspiration

6:45-Dance Party 7:00-Tea & Inspiration

10:30-Write Now 11:00-Parachute Play 4:00-Pop-Up Christmas Cards

11:00-Meditation 1:00-Gingerbread House Fun 2:30-Gingerbread House Fun

10:30-Write Now (Author Sydelle Pearl)

11:00-Meditation 1:00-American Girl Holiday Tea 2:30-American Girl Holiday Tea


10:00-Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 10:30-Write Now

10:00-Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 11:00-Meditation 1:00-Polar Express Storytime and Movie

Donations Memorial Donations: Monique Beatty in memory of Carol H. Beatty In memory of Josephine Cockrell: Edgeworth Garden Club Wayne and Mary Murphy Wayne and Mary Murphy in memory of Amanda Dunn Michael and Beverly McCormack in memory of Margaret M. McCormack Susan Burkhard in memory of Karen Wilson General Donations: Anonymous Dominion Energy Foundation Match Jennifer Dylewski Sally Kitchen Eaton Foundation Match Joseph Munn Mary and Oliver Poppenberg The Query Club

John Tucci SPL Annual Appeal Donations: Ann and Frank Cahouet Foundation Sharon Eakes Ronald E. and Cora Alice Gebhardt Family Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation David and Anne Hennessey Richard and Catherine Hollein

SPL Would Like to Thank… 

The Psychic Sisters, Suzanne and Jean Vincent for sharing their experiences and abilities with a packed Community Room of people near the end of October. The sisters regaled the audience with stories of their psychic powers and helped audience members communicate with loved ones who have passed.

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DECEMBER 2017 Phone 412-741-6920 Children’s 412-741-0937 Renewals 412-622-1895

500 Thorn Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

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Everyone who helped to make Scream Scene 2017 an outstanding success including. Special thanks to Kathy Fear, Katherine DiStefano, Whitney Lane, Caitie Morphew, Tessa Barber, Krystle Knight, Casandra Amour Capri and Lynne Hughes for volunteering to supervise and keep the event safe. Also thanks to teens Emily Novak, Christopher Gittens, Sierra Woefel, and Alice Kuncio for their volunteer work the night of the party.

The Kelch Family penned this adorable Thank You Card to the Children’s Department and we just had to share it. It certainly warmed our hearts!

Year-End Donations - Let us count how many ways there are to make them… 1. Make your city proud with #GiveBigPittsburgh on Tuesday, November 28. Get more information at 2. Designate Sewickley Public Library for Your United Way Contributions. Use Contributor #887032. 3. Donate to the Annual Appeal via our website at


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What's happening at the Sewickley Public Library in December 2017