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MAY 2017

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 412-741-6920

The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day

Author of Voices from the Pg. 3 Attic

Library Volunteer Pg. 2 Celebrated

Fake News and Nigerian Princes: Protecting Yourself Pg. 6 from the Internet SPA DAY WITH MOM


Saturday, May 13, 2PM Celebrate Mom! Learn more on Page 6.

Save the Date! Summer Reading for ALL AGES starts June 5th!

SPRING BOUND III AN ART FUNDRAISER Check out some pictures from this very successful event on page 7!

MAY 2017 New Book Sale Cabinet in Honor of Friend Charlotte Hamilton PAGE 2


Ten years ago, the family of Charlotte Thomas Hamilton surprised her by dedicating a double bookcase to her in the Sewickley Public Library on her 70th birthday. Today, her family celebrates her life with the gift of a chest to the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library. Charlotte’s husband, Jim and daughter, Susan Aleshire joined Library Director Carolyn Toth who noted “Charlotte loved to read, loved books and loved her library. She served on the board of the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library and was responsible for several successful fundraising ideas such as Celebrity Doodles and Savoring Sewickley. We thank her family for the bookcase and now, the beautiful new chest dedicated to the memory of a wonderful friend.” The cabinet was designed and constructed by local resident, Michael Karafa.

Library Improvements After almost 18 years and some expected settling, the tile connecting the new parts of the library to the old needed some serious TLC! Anthony Cafarelli repaired the cracked tiles in various locations throughout the building. Now our library is safer and better looking for many years to come!


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VOICES FROM THE ATTIC: THE WILLIAMSTOWN BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR. Thursday, May 11 at 7PM Imagine clearing out your family attic in Pittsburgh and discovering an enormous collection of letters written by two soldiers during the Civil War. That’s what happened to Carleton Young, author of Voices from the Attic. This is the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. They then preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters. Rediscovered after 150 years, their letters offer fascinating insight as seen through the eyes of two soldiers fighting in America’s great Civil War. Please Register.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS RESULTS 4th & 5th Grade Battles 4th Grade Battle - 21 teams - 1st Place: The Reading Exterminators, 5th Grade - 18 teams. - 1st Place: The Book Worms, Thank you to the Penguin Book Shop for donating a portion of the gift cards and to the Ultimate Pastry Shop for donating cookies to all of the participants. And a big thank you to the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library for their continued support of the Battle of the Books program. 

6th - 12th Grade Battles 6th Grade Battle - 24 teams - 1st Place: Book Battlers, 7th & 8th Grade Battle -  42 teams - 1st Place: The Book Warriors High School Battle - 25 teams - 1st Place: What's in a Name? Special thanks again to everyone who made this year’s Teen BOB such a success, including Tom Forrest and Quaker Valley Middle School for hosting, Ruth Neely from Sewickley Academy, Rich Hollein from Quaker Valley High School and the Friends of Sewickley Library for funding the annual event.


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Mighty Math – Mondays, 6:45 – 7:15PM - 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: 9:30AM, 10:30AM & 1PM - 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 & 10:15AM - 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 finger plays. Dance Party - Thursdays: 6:45PM - Toddlers and Preschoolers with a caregiver come and dance the night away! Family Storytimes -Saturdays at 10:00AM - Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, crafts and more!! The whole family is invited to attend! Please Register for the following unless otherwise noted.

Birth -5 Years old Baby & Toddler Sensory Time – Wednesday, May 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 May 5, 11, 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, May 12, 21, 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. Remake Learning Days – Pizza Garden, Friday, May 26, 1 - 2:30PM Pizza is a kid’s favorite food. Learn how to plant a container “Pizza Garden” of your very own. We will be planting tomatoes & herbs. Bring a hand held shovel and your gardening gloves. AGES 3-5 WITH ADULT.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS Grades K-2 Lego Club Jr. - Tuesday, May 9, 6 - 7PM – This month’s Lego Club Jr. theme is “It Came from Outer Space”. Students will be encouraged to put their creativity to use to build their own creation while learning about outer space. Grades 3-5 Young Writers Workshop – Monday, May 15, 4 - 5PM - Love to write? Join our NEW Young Writers Workshop! Come brainstorm, share ideas and work with creative writing prompts. Bring your short story, poetry, or comics along to share! Lego Club - Tuesday, May 23rd 6 - 7PM – This month’s Lego Club theme is “It Came from Outer Space”. Students will be encouraged to put their creativity to use to build their own creation while learning about outer space. Multiple Grades Chess Club - Sunday, May 7, 1 - 2 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. American Girl - Puzzle Palooza - Saturday, May 20, 1 - 2 PM - Join us as we celebrate American Girl with games and puzzles. Don’t forget to bring your favorite American Girl. GRADES K-5. Smart Art - Sunday, May 21, 2 - 2:45PM Explore a different famous work of art and the artist behind it. Create your own masterpiece in the same style. GRADES K-5. Family Family Story Time at Ohio Township Nature Center – Mondays, May 1, 8, & 15 from - 10 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.



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Knitting Club - Tuesday, May 2, 10AM - New to the hobby or have years of experience, everyone is welcome. An experienced knitter will be on hand to answer your questions. New Movie Showings- Tuesdays May 2 & 16 at 6:30PM - 5/2 – A Dog’s Purpose 5/16- The Space Between Us Spanish Conversation Group – Tuesdays, May 2 & 16, 6:30PM - A basic and intermediate Spanish conversation group is meeting twice a month. The group will be led by a native speaker. Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club - Wednesday, May 3, 6PM - Screening of this month’s film followed immediately by a discussion. "Theeviravaati" or "The Terrorist" - A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. (1998, NR, 1hr 35min.) Take a Wise Walk at the Library - Thursdays, 9:30AM If you are an active 50+ adult, this 10-week walking program might be just the thing to get you started on an exercise program. Senior Computer Club - Thursday, May 4, 12PM - If you are a senior and want to have fun, make new friends and learn about computers and the Internet please join us monthly for the Senior Computer Club. Tea and Inspiration – Thursdays, May 2 & 11, 6PM Share a cup of tea and conversation centered on uplifting quotations gleaned from a variety of wise sources: the world’s Scriptures, poets, artists, philosophers, statesmen. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring something that helps illuminate a different theme each week: May 4 - Creativity (Community Room upstairs), May 11 - Prayer and Meditation Write Now! - Every Friday, 10:30AM - Meets every Friday at 10:30AM - Conducted by Jeanne Zell, participants enjoy writing from prompts in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. Sahaja Meditation - Every Saturday, 11AM - Enjoy the silence, peace, and stress release that is always free. New participants should arrive by 10:30AM. Coffee and Crafting – Tuesday, May 9, 10AM FOCUS: Chalk Painting. This month along with a warm cuppa, we will have a presentation from Judith Minegar, owner of IDEAS Vintage Market®, who will explain how to Repurpose, Redesign, Rediscover® the items all around you! Updating vintage pieces, giving character to brand new pieces, and rescuing well-loved pieces is now simpler than ever. Judith will share the joys of using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to transform furniture easily in a workshop or your own home. Please Register.

ADULT PROGRAMS College Funding Seminar – Wednesday, May 10, 7PM - We all know that a college education can make a big difference in a child’s life. This seminar presented by a representative of New York Life is free and will get you on the path to college planning. Voices from the Attic Author Visit – Thursday, May 11, 7PM – Please see page 2 for more information about this program. Spa Day with Mom – Saturday, May 13, 2PM - Your mom is special and she deserves to be pampered all year! Celebrate Mother’s Day early and treat your mom to two hours of spa time at the library! Beauty experts, plus DIY beauty recipes, chair massages, crafts, FOOD and MORE! Please register. Cost is $5 per person or $8 per pair. Ages 8 and up with an Adult. Senior iPad/iPhone Club - Wednesday, May 17, 11 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. Reiki Healing Exchange - Wednesday, May 17, 6:30PM - Learn more about Therapeutic Touch and experience a relaxing, peaceful evening. $5.00 donation for the library is requested. Fake News and Nigerian Princes: Protecting Yourself from the Internet - Monday, May 22, 12PM - In this program you will learn more about the ways internet scammers try to influence, steal, and hack. Find ways to identify these threats more easily. Learn what steps you can take if you have already been affected by an internet scam. Please Register.

Mystery Book Group - Tuesday, May 9, 7PM What You See by Hank Phillip Ryan Get Lit - Tuesday, May 16, 7PM - Tenth of December by George Saunders Location: Slippery Mermaid Brown Bag Book Group – Thursday, May 18 11:30AM - The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan 4th Tuesday Book Group - Tuesday, May 23 7PM - Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford


MAY 2017

NOTES FROM SPRING BOUND III Thank you to everyone who attended Spring Bound III! It was wonderful evening celebrating and supporting both art and the Library.

Many thanks to Photographer Anthony Musmanno for donating his time and talent to document this fun evening. Find more of his work at


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Summer Reading Starts June 5th. We have incentive programs for ALL AGES. Sign up and start logging your reads to win prizes! We need Teen Volunteers – The Children’s Department is looking for Teen Volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Program. Volunteers can be students entering 8th grade up through seniors in high school.  Please see Mrs. Farmerie in the Children’s Department for information on becoming a volunteer this summer! May 25th is the Teen Volunteer Training & Pizza Party – More info to come! Calling all Tea drinkers!!  The Children’s Department is collecting Rose Tea figurines for Summer Reading Prizes!! We are still collecting gently used Legos & American Girl Dolls! Human Library - Saturday June 24 - Sunday, June 25 - Stay tuned for more information about this engaging opportunity. In May, the display cases will show the artwork of Maria Mangano. Mangano is an artist who explores the intersection of nature, museums, and science to address issues of wildness, conservation, and humanness. Her intaglio prints as well as watercolor and mixed media drawing will be displayed. Mangano maintains a studio in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Point Breeze.

Librarian Meghan Snatchko painted a Galaxy Adirondack chair for the Spring Gallery Walk taking place on The first Saturday of every month is the April 21-22. 25 FOSPL Fundraising day at Bruegger's chairs will be Bagels. Present this coupon and 15% of auctioned off! your purchase goes to the Friends!


MAY 2017

MAY 2017 Phone 412-741-6920 500 Thorn Street, Children’s 412-741-0937 Sewickley, PA 15143 Renewals 412-622-1895

Donations Memorial Donations Martha Farkasovsky, in memory of Martha Gaydos

Terri and Jack Radke, in memory of Joan Liprando

Martini Book Club, in memory of Kathryn Theresa Schweers Sandra Lane, in memory of Justin Freyermuth Quaker Valley School District Board of Directors, in memory of Robert Niesslein Paul Timcheck James P. Savage Catherine E. Skrabut Antoinette Gauglianone Marrone Russell Cardamone Eleanor Hilderbrand Matthew and Amy Dwyer, in memory of Dr. James Pitcavage Query Club, in memory of Polly Odom Martha Farkasovsky, in memory of Virginia Emmert Martha Farkasovsky, in memory of Sandra Bridge Joseph Marrone, in memory of Larry Vaccaro

Honor Donations Matthew and Amy Dwyer, in honor of Sewickley Mom's Club General Donations Eaton Foundation Linda Radovich Russell and Susan Ulmer The Zehnder Family Scott and Amy Elste John Orndorff Frank Rex Chevron Matching Employee Funds Masonic Village Of Sewickley Marvin and O. Theone Paxton Friends Donations Sheila Lenehan

May 2017  

Find out what's happening this May at the Sewickley Public Library

May 2017  

Find out what's happening this May at the Sewickley Public Library