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January 2018 Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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SPL will be closed on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The days are short, The sun a spark, Hung thin between The dark and dark.

The river is A frozen place Held still beneath The trees of lace.

Fat snowy footsteps Track the floor. Milk bottles burst Outside the door.

The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator Purrs all day. John Updike

For All Ages! Page 2.

Teens, showcase your work at this art show! Page 4. 1

Save the Date Annual Chess Tournament March 10, 2018

January 2018 ED Talks: Biological Clocks – Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 PM

Time is embedded in our genes. Cells are the true ”miracle” of evolution, for they are the basis of life. Among their amazing abilities, they can tell the time. Biological clocks can be found everywhere: from simple bacteria to worms, birds, and, of course, us. The reason for this expanse of clocks is clear: all life evolved and lives on a planet that rotates on its axis once a day and thus is exposed to large periods of day and night, light and dark. Sleeping is not the only process regulated by our biological clock. Most of what happens in our bodies, our physiology and biochemistry, is rhythmic, showing strong day-night differences. Heartbeat and blood pressure, liver function including the important ability to metabolize alcohol, body temperature, and the production of many hormones all show daily changes.

Biological clocks enable organisms to change their behavior priorities in relation to the time of day, month or year. One’s biological clock is reset at sunrise and sunset each day to link astronomical times with an organism’s internal time. Every March, we are all faced with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on our biological clock and our sleep wake cycle. This 1 hour loss in time can even temporarily disrupt our bodily cycles. When DST officially began, which happened this year on March 11 , we lost one hour. Assaults increase by 3 per cent the Monday after the switch to Daylight Saving Time in the Spring. In the Spring, the day after we move into DST, there are more car accidents, and more workplace injuries.

Pre-School/Kindergarten Open House for Parents on Wednesday, January 24, 7PM

Parents interested in learning more about pre-schools, childcare centers, and kindergartens in the Quaker Valley area are invited to attend our annual Open House. Representatives from these facilities will be available to answer questions about their programs. This is a unique opportunity for area parents to investigate educational opportunities for their children. Fall registration for many of these schools begins in February. Stop in to meet the teachers and learn about your options. No registration.

The Battle of the Books is back!

This exciting annual program has battles for students in 4th through 12th grades, each with its own reading list. Visit programs/bob/ to get more information as it becomes available. 4th Gr Meeting: Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 PM 5th Gr Meeting: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 PM 6th Grade Battle: Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 PM 7th & 8th Grade Battle: Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 PM High School Battle: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 PM 4th Gr Battle: Wednesday, April 4 @ Osborne Elementary School 5th Gr Battle: Thursday, April 5 @ Osborne Elementary School

Showcasing the Art of Esther Rankin In January 2018, the display cases will feature the work of Ambridge artist Esther Rankin. Born in Aliquippa, and with a period lived in London, England, Esther has been making artwork for 63 years. She uses oil and acrylic paint, ink and watercolors, as well as pastels to realize her ideas. One interesting facet of Esther’s relationship with her art making is the fact that she is colorblind. We are looking forward to displaying Esther’s work throughout January. 2

Children’s Department - January 2018 furry reading companion. Join us for a 20-minute time slot to read to a dog. Ages 4-10. Lego Club - Tuesday, January 23, 6 – 6:45 PM Lego Party! Children will be encouraged to put their creativity to work and build awesome Lego creations. Chess Club– Sunday, January 28, 2 - 3 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, January 13, 1 - 2 PM Calling all knitters, crocheters, and crafters 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 to get started on. Tech Saturday - Saturday, January 20, 1 – 1:45 PM Tech Saturday theme is Ozobots. Spend 45 minutes using the toy robots that give the user the ability to code, play, and create. Children can create their own Ozobot maps using coding language and create videos. Smart Art - Sunday, January 21, 2 - 3 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, January 25, 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 PJ Party - Family Storytime Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Bring your blankets and join us for a very special Family Storytime, in your PJ's! We'll build forts out of sheets, use flashlights to read stories, and snuggle up with our favorite stuffies. This is an all ages program and registration is encouraged. Family Story Time at Ohio Township Nature Center – Mondays, January 22 and 29 from - 10 -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. Please call the Library to register!

On Going Programs (No Registration) Mighty Math – Mondays, 6:45 – 7:15 PM - Early math concepts for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers! Lots of fun with numbers and more! TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS, WITH ADULT. Babies and 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 a caregiver. Please, no older children. 2-Year-Old Storytime - Wednesdays: 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM - A half hour of fingerplays, songs, and stories for 2-year-olds with an adult. Please, no older children. Pre-School Storytime - Thursdays: 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM- Ages 3-6 without a caregiver, meet for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays. Dance Party - Thursdays: 6:45 PM - Toddlers and Preschoolers with a caregiver, come and dance the night away! Family Block Party - Every Saturday from10:30 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. Program starts on January 6. BIRTH – Age 6. Please Register for the following unless otherwise noted.

Birth -5 years old Baby & Toddler Sensory Time – Wednesday, January 10, 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 ADULT. Parachute Play – Friday, January 12, 11 -11:30AM Thirty minutes of activities that includes music, creative movement and fun, all with one colorful parachute! Ages 2-5 WITH ADULT. Super Science – Friday, January 19, 1 - 1:45PM – 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, January 9, 6 - 7 PM. Lego Party! Children will be encouraged to put their creativity to work and build awesome Lego creations. Dog Tales - Sunday, January 14, 3 -4:30PM – Certified Therapy Dogs LOVE to be read to! Come pick out a picture book of your choice and snuggle up with a 3


Adult Programs - January 2018 Adult Winter Reading Program!

Why should Summer Reading have all of the fun? Curl up with a good book and read the whole winter long! Set your own goal of reading minutes between January 22 – March 23. All participants who reach their goal will be eligible to win a great prize. You can read anything whether it’s a blog, the newspaper, or a bedtime story to your toddler. Registration starts December 20, 2017. Visit to get more information! 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.

Coffee & Crafting – Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 AM This month we’ll repurpose large mason jars to create winter decor for our home. Materials needed: (2) 16 oz Mason or Ball jars. $5 materials fee to make a snowman and decorative heart lantern.

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

Conversation Salon - Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 AM - This engaging group of adults meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Coffee and great discussions!

Adult Knitting Club - Tuesday, January 2, 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.

ED Talks: Biological Clocks – Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 PM – More information on page 2.

Cinema Circle Film Screening - Wednesday, January 3, 6:00 PM - Screening of this month’s film followed by a discussion. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011, PG, 82min) A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel - Thursday, January 18, 12 PM – 2 PM – This class will cover the basics of getting started with Microsoft Excel. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Tea and Inspiration – Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 7:00 PM - Share a cup of tea and conversation centered on uplifting quotations on a different theme each week.

Filing Your Taxes Online - January 25, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM - Thinking about filing online this year? We will answer questions about how to get started and the advantages and disadvantages of eFiling. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Query Club/Sewickley Public Library Speakers' Series – Monday, January 22, 7:00 PM - This year's theme: Senior Computer Club - Thursday, January 4, 12:00 The Wide World of Sports. Topics for this meeting: PM - If you’re an older adult and want to have fun, “Vince Lombardi” by Steve Houghton and make new friends, and learn about computers and the “Mr. Hogan” by Larry Knotts. Join us for interesting Internet please join us monthly. Please Register. talks and refreshments.

January Book Groups Mystery Book Group - Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 PM - Murder Brown Bag Book Group – Thursday, Jan. 18, 11:30 AM - Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew by Anne Tyler in the CIA by Margaret Truman Get Lit - Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 PM - Smoke Gets in Your Fourth Tuesday Book Group - Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7 PM Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Cailtin Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann Doughty at Starbucks 5





9:30-Babies ST 10:00-Adult Knitting 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST

9:30-Babies ST 10:00-Coffee & Crafting 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Anime Club 6:00-Lego Club

9:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:00-Convo Salon 10:30-2’s ST

1:30-Pre-school ST


9:30-Babies ST 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Teen Knit Club

9:30-2’s ST

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

9:30-Babies ST 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Anime Club 6:00-Lego Club

9:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:30-2’s ST

12:00-eFiling Taxes 1:30-Pre-school ST

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

9:30-Babies ST 10:30-Babies ST 1:00-Babies ST 3:30-Teen Knit Club 7:00-4th Gr BOB Meeting

9:30-2’s ST

6:45-Mighty Math

3:00-Dog Tales

2:00-Smart Art

2:00-Chess Club




9:30-2’s ST

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:30-Write Now

10:30-2’s ST

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

6:00-Cinema Circle

Sat 10:30-Family Block Party 11:00-Meditation

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

6:00-Baby & Toddler Sensory Time

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

9:30-Pre-school ST

10:30-2’s ST

12:00-Intro to Excel 6:30-PJ Party Family Storytime 1:30-Pre-school ST 7:00-EDTalks 6:45-Dance Party 7:00-Tea & Inspiration

7:00-Preschool Open House

10:30-2’s ST 7:00-5th Gr BOB Meeting


10:30-Write Now 11:00-Parachute Play

10:30-Family Block Party 11:00-Meditation 1:00-Kids Knit

10:30-Write Now 1:00-Super Science 7:00-Pillow Fight Pajama Party

10:30-Family Block Party 11:00-Meditation 1:00-Tech Saturday

10:30-Write Now

10:30-Family Block Party 11:00-Meditation

4:00-Cook It! 6:45-Dance Party 7:00-Tea & Inspiration 7:30-Sewickley Stars

January 2018 Children’s




Donations Memorial Donations:

Friends of Sewickley Public Library Annual Appeal Donations:

Carolyn Toth in memory of Wolfgang Bitterolf The Query Club in memory of Josephine Adaline Cockrell

William and Paula Acheson

Carolyn Toth in memory of Priscilla Introcaso

Clifford and Susan Aleshire

Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. McCormack in memory of Margaret McCormack

Robert Barry and Rosalind Kaliden-Barry

Susan Burkhard in memory of Karen Wilson

Frank Bennett

Honor Donations:

Michael Bercik

In honor of Janice Bolea: Bolea Family Klug Family Niehaus Family Oravec Family

Cliff Bob and Joan Miles

Joyce Adler

Anne Battaglia

James and Carolyn Bouchard Matthew and Leslie Braksick Gail Brooks

Richard and Kathy Brandt in honor of Meir Juan Raab

W.S. and Beth Brown

Martha Farkasovsky in honor of Anna Robinson

Gary and Janet Chace

Amy Lovell in honor of Henry Rothbauer's 6th Birthday

Joyce Cortese

General Donations:

Arthur and Susan Craft

AmazonSmile Foundation

George and Susan Craig

Regan Fetterolf Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

George and Rita Crawford

Bill and Carroll Logsdon

Kate Crouch

Dominion Foundation Match

Jim and Joan Darby

Dr. Paul Palevsky and Dr. Sharon Roseman

Bill and Jane deHaven

Janet Rojak

Stan and Margee Denver

Russell and Susan Ulmer

Irene Dinning

Dan Weisberg

Robert and Paula Doebler

SPL Annual Appeal Donations:

Trevor and Michele Edwards

Judith Cohen

Scott and Amy Elste

Sharon Eakes

Matt and Katherine Feczko

Thomas and Jennifer Hay

Peter and Michele Fedyshin

Richard and Catherine Hollein

Gerald and Donna Fisher

Rebecca Hulme

Timothy Fitzgerald and Christina Cassotis

Michael Szuba

Mary Lea and Bob Gray

Robert and Tina Thomas

Chris and Linda Groendyke Jean Hahnel William and Katharine Harbison 7

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

Friends of Sewickley Public Library Annual Appeal Donations Continued: Susan Henry Joseph and Rita Hoepp Lois Holt Charles and Cordelia Jacobs Ken and Barbara Johns Thomas Jones Richard and Erica Kain

Jennifer Sebolt Keenan Russell Keith Marc Kennedy and Diana Schwab Joseph and Elaine Klimkowski Julie Kloo Robert and Susan Kopf David and Kathleen Kovacs Cindy Koval John and Linda Lednak

Mario and Nathalie Lemieux John and Francine Lopinsky Alan Malus and Kathleen FoodyMalus

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Betty Mann

Ned and Judy Sherry

Tim and Nancy Merrill

Elizabeth Sipe

Anne Metcalf

Terry and Mary Soster

Jaymie Mitchell

Robert and Andrea Stiegel

R. Allen and Annette Moulton

John and Joan Straka

Diane Mullin

Michael and Kathryn Swaney

Richard and Karen Parker

Joel and Maria Swanson

Bobby Patterson

Sandra Swegman

Marvin and O. Theone Paxton

Taiclet Family

Bob and Joan Peirce

James Thompson and Alma Lleras

Neil and Dorothy Pollon

Richard and Carol Thompson

Zelik and Miryam Ratchkauskas

Charles and Tris Thorne

Robert Regina

Pauline Tkatch

Jory and Melanie Richman

Renee Tobias

Frances Riley

Carolyn Toth

Tracey Rock

Al Vaccaro

Janet Rohrman

Marilyn and Joseph Vettorazzi

William and Shirley Ross

Mary Jean Voigt

Larry and Sharron Schaefer

Hartley and Ann Walker

Bob and Lynne Schneider

Jeffrey and Suzanne Watters

Mark and Judy Scioscia

Louis Weiss

Jean Sebolt

Malachy and Patty Whalen

SPL Would Like to Thank‌ All of our volunteers who helped out at Light-Up Night, Gingerbread House Event & the American Girl Tea Party during the month of December. We would not be able to do these programs without you!


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What's happening at the Sewickley Public Library in January 2018