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In this issue Sounds of the Season Page 2

New! Genealogy Cafes Page 2 Join Our Honor Roll Page 8

A Cat Lady Christmas

bring photographs of their cute

We are once again celebrating all

cat fanatics of all ages! Register

things feline and festive with this special cat-filled holiday extravaganza! On Wednesday, December 12, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, e n j oy t h e best the cat-loving season has to offer as you create crafty presents for your kitty. Snack on some catthemed treats while enjoying your favorite cat videos, the Cutest Cat Tournament, furry photo ops and more! We encourage everyone to

kitties to show off, but thank you for leaving the furry felines at home. This free program is open to online or at the Reference Desk in the Adult Department.

Sounds of the Season

Animal Showcase

Longing for the holiday’s best hits?

From November 26th through early December, the library display

Look no further than the library ’s

cases will feature an exhibit called “Come into Animal Presence,”

shelves! We have a large

which is the title of a beautiful poem by

collection of Christmas

Denise Levertov. This group show is an

music CDs that is sure to

invitation to switch gears and consider

get you in the holiday spirit

the other species who inhabit the earth

- from the classics, Nat King

with us - each artwork will address

Cole and Bing Crosby, to modern

animals in some way. Artists include

favorites like Pentatonix and Blake

Kathryn Carr, Niffer Desmond, Beth

Shelton. Can’t find it here? We can

Hovanac, Alexandra Lakin, Maria Man-

always request items from other

gano, Sam Milford, Pam Price and Bill Scimio.

libraries in Allegheny County and have them delivered right here to the Sewickley Library for you to pick up. This free service is just one of the

Pittsburgh Philharmonic The Pittsburgh Philharmonic’s new Friday night venue for the 2018 2019 Concert Season is at our very own

many perks of having a library card!

Quaker Valley Middle School. The organ-

New Genealogy Cafes

ization – in it’s 43rd season – brings

The library is pleased to now offer

Pittsburgh region. Meet up with the

music and education to the greater

Genealogy Cafes: one-on-one appoint-

Sewickley Public Library at this month ’s evening presentation of

ments with our Librarian who specializ-

“Holiday Pops!” on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 PM . St op by t h e

es in genealogy! Let us help you get

library’s table for some fun, holiday -themed crafts and activities

started searching for your family tree

before the performance! For more information about the Pittsburgh

or introduce you to the databases

Philharmonic, the concert schedule, or to purchase tickets, vis-

available for free from the library and


online. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact

Prepare for Teen Battle!

the Reference Desk at 412-741-6920.

The Teen Department’s B at t le o f t h e B o o ks 201 9 registration has

Thank You! SPL would like to thank the following: The Psychic Vincent Sisters, Suzanne and Jean Vincent, for sharing their talents with our library community in October and raising funds and supplies for SPL and Animal Friends. Mary Moody, Heather Summers,

begun! Teams of up to five people, from any school, can register at their grade level by Friday, February 11th. This year’s BOB dates/ times are: 6th Grade – Tuesday, February 19th, 7:00 PM, 7th & 8th Grade – Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 PM, High School – Tuesday, February 26th, 6:30 PM. Go to f or book lists and registration forms. See you at the battle!

Upcoming 2019 Programs! 

Pre-School Open House - Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00 PM

4th Grade Battle of Books Info Meeting Wednesday, January 30, at 7:00 PM.

5th Grade Battle of the Books Info Meeting - Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 PM.

Sage Herman f or t h e i r don a t i on s of supplies for our scrapbooking program. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for hosting speaker Clint Watts at the library in November.


Children’s Programs ONGOING PROGRAMS

(No Registration)

Babies & Books – Tuesdays: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM Nursery and action rhymes, books and songs for children up to 24 months, with caregiver. Please, no older children.

Dance Party - Thursdays: 6:45 - 7:15 PM Come and dance the night away! Toddlers & preschoolers, with caregiver.

Stories for Two’s – Wednesdays: 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM A half hour of finger plays, songs and stories for 2 year olds. AGES 24 - 35 MONTHS, with caregiver. Please, no older children.

Family Block Party - Saturdays: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM It’s a Block Party! PLAY, BUILD, READ and LEARN together with blocks. Develop hand-eye coordination and learn STEAM concepts. BIRTH - AGE 6, with caregiver. (No program on December 8.)

Preschool Storytime – Thursdays: 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM Meet for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and finger plays! AGES 3-6, without a caregiver.

No Storytime Programs from December 17th - 31st

Please register for all programs, unless otherwise noted. Register online at: Storytime Chess for 4 Year Olds and Kindergartners - Mondays, December 3, 10 & 17, 6:30 - 7:00 PM Learn the basics of Chess through this fun and interactive program. Each week we will learn about a different piece and why it moves in the way in which it does. No need to come every week. There is a limit of 20 kids, so please register each week! AGES 4-5, caregivers are welcome.

Baby & Toddler Sensory Time Wednesday, December 5, 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 AND TODDLERS, WITH ADULT. No registration required!

Family Story Time at Ohio Township Nature Center - Mondays, December 3 & 10, 10:00 - 10:45 AM Sewickley Public Library is hosting a family story time at the Ohio Township Nature Center. Stories, songs and crafts for the whole family. FAMILY PROGRAM.

Parachute Play - Friday, December 7, 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.

American Girl Saturday: Holiday Tea Saturday, December 1, 2:30 - 3:30 PM Dress in your holiday finest, bring your best manners and favorite doll (any doll), and enjoy savory traditional treats. Please bring your own teacup if able. There is a $2.00 materials fee for this program. Registration required by November 27. GRADES K-5. Holiday Wreath Making - Monday, December 3, 4:00 - 5:30 PM The Watershed Association and the Village Garden Club of Sewickley will show us how to make our own holiday wreaths, from grapevine frames, using fresh evergreens. Please bring a bow or a small holiday decoration for your wreaths. GRADES 3-8. Lego Club - Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 6:45 PM Lego Party! Children will be encouraged to put their creativity to work and build awesome Lego creations. GRADES K-5. No registration required!

Adaptive Storytime - Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 - 7:00 PM This program is ideal for preschool children who are differently abled, may by on the Autism Spectrum, have Sensory Processing issues, or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. This inclusive program of stories, songs, activities and free play is welcoming and will adapt to your child's needs. Directly following the program children will have the opportunity to play, while parents can chat and network. PRESCHOOLERS & THEIR FAMILIES.

Family Yoga - Thursday, December 27, 1:00 - 1:45 PM Join us for yoga and stories. Bring your yoga mat or a beach Pop-Up Christmas Cards - Friday, towel and wear comfy clothes. FAMILY December 7, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Have fun making Christmas cards to give loved ones PROGRAM. & learn the techniques to properly Holiday Movie - Snow Buddies, Saturday, address an envelope to Santa at the North December 29, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Looking for Pole. GRADES 3-5. something to do between Christmas and New Year’s? Join us for an afternoon of Gingerbread House Fun - Saturday, December 8, 1:00 - 2:00 PM OR 2:30 -3:30 holiday movies & popcorn! Don’t forget to bring your blanket & pillow for movie PM You supply the imagination—we time. Snow Buddies (Rated G). supply the fixings! Decorate FAMILY PROGRAM. your own graham cracker house, to eat or to save! Please bring a shoebox to transport your creation home. There is a $2.00 materials fee per house. Registration required by December 7. FAMILY PROGRAM. Dog Tales - Sunday, December 9, 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. GRADES K-5. 3

Twelve Before Twelve - Monday, December 31, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Ring in the New Year at the library! Join us for a very special New Year’s Eve party as we celebrate twelve hours early! There will be activities, stories, and food for the whole family! FAMILY PROGRAM.

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!


Adult Programs 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. Sahaja Meditation - Every Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Enjoy the silence, peace, and stress release that is always free. Newcomers welcome. Reiki - Every Friday, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Learn more about therapeutic touch and experience a relaxing, peaceful session. Adult Knitting Club - Tuesday, December 4, 10:00 AM Starting this December and continuing for several sessions, the program will focus on knitting socks. An experienced knitter will be on hand to instruct the technique for this fun project. A list of materials and patterns are available at the Reference Desk. New to the hobby or have years of experience, everyone is welcome! How to Talk to Your Doctor - Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM Talking with health care providers can be a daunting experience. This session will break down some of the barriers and help participants learn effective strategies to use to gain the most valuable information from the session with their health care provider. The session will include open discussion and participants are encouraged to bring questions they have about the health care system. The instructor is a licensed physical therapist and certi-

fied health education specialist. Please register. Senior Computer Club - Thursday, December 6, 12:00 - 2:00 PM If you’re an older adult and want to have fun, make new friends, and learn about computers and the internet, join us monthly. Please register. Freedom from Fractures: A Bone Health Seminar - Thursday, December 6, 1:00 2:30 PM Join us for a presentation on how medical conditions, medications, and family history can affect your risk of fractures and learn what you can do to prevent them. Megan Lynch of OsteoStrong Pittsburgh presents this workshop developed by the national nonprofit American Bone Health organization. A healthy snack will be included. Please register. Coffee and Crafting - Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Enjoy a cuppa while making a crafty creation each month. Join us as we learn about techniques using glass etching cream to customize an ornament for the holidays. Bring additional glass items to etch, if you would like. There is a $5 fee for this program. Please register. Conversation Salon - Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 AM This engaging group of adults meets for coffee and great discussions. Newcomers always welcome! Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Wednesday, December 12, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM This is a basic introduction to this slide show program - excellent for creating professional presentations. Please register.

A Cat Lady Christmas - Wednesday, December 12, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM Celebrate all things CATS and CHRISTMAS! All-ages can enjoy the furry-fun festivities! Please register. (More information on Page 1.) CLIFF(ord) Notes: Exploring the Wonderful World of Coffee - Thursday, December 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Do you enjoy drinking a nice hot cup of coffee? Learn about coffee’s travel from bean to cup. Bring some of your favorite coffee to share with the group and have fun learning about coffee. Please register. Let's Talk About Murder! True Crime Discussion Group - Monday, December 17, 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! December’s Theme: Holidays. Open to all adults 21+ Senior iPad/iPhone Club - Wednesday, December 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM We welcome all who are interested in expanding their knowledge of iPads and iPhones. Please bring your own device if you already own one. Please register. Senior Android Phone/Tablet Club - Wednesday, December 19, 1:30 - 3:00 PM Join us for this new group open to all who are interested in becoming more comfortable and learning some tips and tricks to using your Android devices. This program will be similar in format to the Senior iPad Club but will only be about Android devices (Samsung, LG, Google Pixel, Sony). Please register.

December Book Groups Mystery Book Group – Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 PM - Murder at the National Gallery by Margaret Truman Get Lit - Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 PM - The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea Location: Azul Bar Y Cantina

Brown Bag Book Group - Thursday, December 20, 11:30 AM - Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth Fourth Tuesday Book Group - (No meeting in December)


Donations Memorial Donations: Sewickley Civic Garden Council in memory of Jill Clark Wayne and Mary Murphy in memory of Cordy Glenn Colette Sullivan in memory of Omar Guevara Beverly McCormack in memory of Margaret M. McCormack Beverly McCormack in memory of Michael Rory McCormack

General Donations: Michael and Gail Mangan Dominion Foundation Matching Gifts Beverly McCormack Program Nancy and George Patterson The Psychic Vincent Sisters Peter and Stephanie Perry Suzanne and Jean Vincent Mary Pickard S. Edward and Katherine Renner SPL Annual Appeal Donations: Steven Schlick Stanley and Judith Brown Joanne Schollaert Susan Clancy Robert Thaw and Barbara Cooley Ira and Judy Cohen Thaw Dr. Robert and Mrs. Paula Doebler J. David and Belinda Thompson Joseph and Alice George John Tucci Honor Donations: Thomas and Ingrid Goff Susan Turk Michael and Linda Coombs in honor Dr. and Mrs. David Hennessey Russell and Susan Ulmer of Donna Cymbalak David and Kathleen Kovacs

Another Successful Savoring

Holiday Gift Ideas

The Friends of the Sewickley Public Library hosted their 19th Annual

Searching for holiday gift ideas? Cel-

Savoring Sewickley event on Sunday, October 21st. The event is the

ebrate those nearest and dearest to

FOSPL’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps to fund library

you by donating

programs and services throughout the year. Thank you to the

a book to the

Friends of the Sewickley Public Library and all of the participating

library in their

restaurants for your hard work producing such a delightful - and

honor through

delicious - event!

the library’s gift book program! Your gift will be identified with a book plate inside the book and an acknowledgement card announcing your gift will be sent to the individual you name. Your name and the honoree’s name will also be listed in our monthly newsletter, unless otherwise specified. Celebrate their interests, special memories or what makes them unique by specifying a certain subject area that fits your honoree. Forms to donate gift books are available at the Reference Desk and online at donate.








Sat 1 10:30 Block Party 11:00 Meditation 2:00 American Girl


3 10:00 Storytime @ OTNC 4:00 Holiday Wreaths 6:30 ST Chess

4 9:30 Babies ST 10:00 Knitting 10:30 Babies ST 1:00 Babies ST 3:30 Anime Club 6:00 Lego Club 6:00 Doctor Talk

5 9:30 Two’s ST 10:30 Two’s ST 3:00 Gaming Wed 6:00 Sensory Time 6:30 Teen Light Up Your Night

6 9:30 Pre-school ST 12:00 Senior Computer Club 1:00 Bone Health 1:30 Pre-school ST 6:45 Dance Party

7 10:30 Write Now! 11:00 Parachute Play 2:00 Reiki 4:00 Pop-Up Xmas Cards

8 11:00 Meditation 1:00 Gingerbread House Fun 2:30 Gingerbread House Fun

9 3:00 Dog Tales

10 10:00 Storytime @ OTNC 6:00 Teen Advisory Council 6:30 ST Chess

11 9:30 Babies ST 10:00 Coffee & Crafting 10:30 Babies ST 1:00 Babies ST 3:30 Super Smash 7:00 Mystery BG

12 9:30 Two’s ST 10:00 Convo Salon 10:30 Two’s ST 11:00 PowerPoint 3:00 Gaming Wed 6:00 Adaptive ST 7:00 Cat Lady Xmas

13 9:30 Pre-school ST 1:30 Pre-school ST 4:00 Cook It 6:45 Dance Party 7:00 World of Coffee

14 10:30 Write Now! 2:00 Reiki

15 10:30 Block Party 11:00 Meditation


17 6:30 ST Chess 7:00 Let’s Talk About Murder

18 3:30 Anime Club 7:00 Get Lit BG

19 11:00 Senior iPad 1:30 Senior Android 3:00 Gaming Wed

20 11:00 BBBG 6:45 Dance Party

21 10:30 Write Now! 2:00 Reiki

22 10:30 Block Party 11:00 Meditation


24 10:00 Christmas Test Prep Crash Course


26 10:00 Christmas Test Prep Crash Course

27 10:00 Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 1:00 Family Yoga 6:45 Dance Party

28 10:00 Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 10:30 Write Now! 2:00 Reiki

29 10:00 Christmas Test Prep Crash Course 10:30 Block Party 11:00 Meditation 1:00 Holiday Movie


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31 11:00 Twelve Before Twelve

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