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THE DEMON OF BROWNSVILLE ROAD BOOK TALK
Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Book signing to follow the program.
Presented by: Bob Cranmer, former Allegheny County commissioner

October 1988: Bob Cranmer buys a house in the Pittsburgh suburb he grew up in. He has no idea that his dream home is about to become his worst nightmare.

The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased the house that Bob had always dreamed of owning. But soon, the family began experiencing strange phenomena-objects moving on their own, ghostly footsteps, unsettling moaning sounds-that gradually increased in violence, escalating to physical assaults and, most disturbingly, bleeding walls... Now, Bob Cranmer recounts the harrowing true story of the evil presence that tormented his family and the epic spiritual war he fought to save everything he held dear.

Bob Cranmer was born in Pittsburgh, graduating from Brentwood High School in 1974 and Duquesne University in 1978. He then entered the US Army as a second lieutenant and served with the 101st Airborne Division and in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Bob went to work for AT&T and returned to Pittsburgh. Entering politics, he was elected Allegheny County Commissioner in 1995, serving as chairman. He was instrumental in a major development plan for Pittsburgh involving the construction of two sports stadiums and a new convention center. Bob currently runs a firm providing government relations.

Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



David Shumway

ROCK STAR: THE MAKING OF MUSICAL ICONS FROM ELVIS TO SPRINGSTEEN
Sunday, October 26, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: David R. Shumway, Author and Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

“All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars,” states David Shumway in his introduction to Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen. In his most recent book published September 2014, Shumway looks at rock icons including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. In his review of the book in the blog New Books, Marshal Zeringue writes David Shumway’s Rock Stars “Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.”

Rock Star During his presentation, Shumway will focus on how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music, concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He also will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music

David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

A book signing and reception will follow the program; books will be offered at a special price for the program. Click here to view a video of Professor Shumway discussing Rock Star. Register for this program online, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.



NUTCRACKER STORY TIME
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us at the library for this family friendly event featuring dancers from the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company & School (PYBCO). Come listen to the adventures of Clara, Mouse King and the Nutcracker! Children will enjoy meeting favorite characters, make a craft, and color a masterpiece for a chance to win performance tickets for PYBCO's Nutcracker on December 5,6 or 7! For more information about the school, please visit www.pybco.com.

Register for this program online, at the Children's Reference Desk or call 724-941-9430.



NEW ONLINE RESOURCE @ THE LIBRARY

Flipster

The library has subscribed to Flipster, an online magazine service. Flipster offers full text access to 18 magazine titles (including Consumer Reports and People magazine) and is available 24/7 with no waiting times, overdue charges or limits on the number of issues checked out. You can view magazines through your Internet browser, or you can use the Flipster app to download and read digital magazines offline. Flipster is easy to use and will be available at the library’s website with our Digital Media collection. Contact the library with any questions about accessing Flipster.



KINDLES @ THE LIBRARY

Did you know that Kindles are available for check out at the Peters Township Public Library? The Kindles are frequently updated with new release best selling fiction titles! Each Kindle comes preloaded with books and includes a USB cable and adaptor for charging the device, instructions, and carrying case. Ten Kindles are available for loan, and like many other library materials, can be placed on hold and kept on loan for 2 weeks. To check out a Kindle, patron must be at least 18 years of age and show a valid library card and photo ID.



Enjoy 2015

ENJOY... 2015 COUPON BOOKS ON SALE AT THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the sale of Enjoy...2015 Coupon Books. The coupon books are available at the circulation desk for $30.00.  Proceeds benefit the library.





R.E.A.D. LIBRARY COOKBOOK (RECIPES: ENTICING AND DELICIOUS!)
 

Looking for some new and delicious recipes? The good cooks at the library are offering 225 of their finest recipes in our first ever library cookbook. Buy one for yourself, or buy copies as gifts – all proceeds benefit the library! Recipes enticing and Delicious (R.E.A.D.) would make a terrific hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Do you need a gift for your pet sitter, beautician or manicurist? What about your child's teachers? Do you ned somethig for a grab bag? The answer to all of these questions is the same: R.E.A.D.! Support your award-winning Peters Township Public Library as you take care of many of your gift-giving needs.

Cookbooks are available at the library or by mail order. To purchase by mail, please send payment ($10.00 + $3.00 for shipping and handling) to: Friends of the Peters Township Public Library, 616 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Please also remember to include an address where you would like the cookbook shipped to.
 


Finch

THE FINCH HAS LANDED!

Learn the art of computer programming with our new Finch Robots available for checkout.

What is a Finch? A Finch is a small robot designed for computer science education for students as young as 8 years old. It was created after four years of study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The Peters Township Public Library is the first location in Pennsylvania to launch a program lending the Finch to adults with a library card in the WAGGIN (Washington and Greene Greater Information Network) system.

A Finch can quickly be programmed by a novice to say “Hello, World,” or do a little dance, or make its beak glow blue in response to cold temperature or some other stimulus. The robot includes temperature and light sensors, a three-axis accelerometer and a bump sensor. It has color-programmable LED lights, a beeper and speakers. With a pencil inserted in its tail, Finch can be used to draw pictures. It can be programmed to be a moving, noise-making alarm clock. It even has uses beyond a robot; its accelerometer enables it to be used as a 3-D mouse to control a computer display.

The library is offering ten Finches for circulation. Stop by the circulation desk to check one out soon!



WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT THE LIBRARY!

Tickets for Washington Symphony Orchestra concerts are now available at the library. Tickets will be available one month prior to the concert. Unless otherwise noted, all regular season concerts take place at Trinity High School and start promptly at 8:00 p.m. Upcoming concerts include:

Sunday, December 7, 2014: Ho Ho Ho with the WSO (3:00 p.m. matinee performance)

Saturday, February 14, 2015: Love Hurts

Sunday, March 8, 2015: Up Close and Personal (3:00 matinee performance; tickets are $10.00 and sold only online or at the door. Location is the First Baptist Church, Wheeling & College Sts., Washington, PA)

Saturday, May 2, 2015: For Honor and Glory! Tickets are available at the library, online at www.washsym.org, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS. Tickets are also available at Washington Financial bank braches and Citizens Library. Tickets are $22.00 per adult (ages 18-64), $17.00 for youth (grades K - 12), and $17.00 for seniors (ages 65+). Season tickets are on sale now at a signficant discount by going to www.washsym.org or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.



 
 
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