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The library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observation of Labor Day. In addition, the library will be closed on Sundays throughout the summer and will resume normal Sunday hours (Noon - 4:00 p.m.) on Sunday, September 7.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come to the library and help save area patients by donating blood!

The need for blood products in our region is critical, especially with Labor Day approaching. The Central Blood Bank will be conducting a Blood Drive in the Peters Township Public Library's Multi-Purpose Room on August 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All participating donors will receive 2 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets to a future home game as a thank you (tickets will be mailed after the blood drive).

Appointments can be made by visiting Click on "Make an Appointment" and search for sponsor code C594. You may also call Alice at 412-209-7213. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Please remember to eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of fluids, and get a good night’s rest before donating. Also remember to bring a valid ID. Each donation helps save three lives! Click here to read about area patients.



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!

WCCF Gives

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Want to help the library and increase the value of your online donation? During the Washington County Community Foundation Day of Giving, every donation you make to the library will receive a percentage of a $100,000 matching pool of funds. Please visit our charity profile page on the Washington County Community Foundation website on Wednesday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. to make a donation to support the library! For your convenience, check donations can be mailed at any time up until September 10, 2014. Click here for a donation form that must be included with your check donation and also provides a mailing address.

Thank you for your help!

Animal Fair

Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fun for the whole family! Love animals? Join us as we celebrate our animal friends of the library. Check out and/or adopt a new pet friend, learn about pet care, and all things pet related. We’ll be visited by local shelters, vets, trainers, stores and more. Prizes and giveaways for you and your animal friend! Please bring a pet supply donation for the Washington County Humane Society, our local shelter. No need to register, just stop by during fair hours.

Great Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do your part to have a “Green Halloween” this year and join us for the GO Green Club’s Great Halloween Costume Swap Day. Why purchase a new costume when you can swap instead and save resources, packaging, transportation costs, AND money?

On Thursday, October 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. OR Friday, October 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. drop off your used but in GREAT condition children's, teen or adult costumes at the library and get a ticket for the swap. Come back to the library on October 11 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with your ticket and shop for your swap. Watch for more details about this event in early September. Want to help with the Swap? Email to volunteer!


The library now offers Freegal Movies & TV, a streaming video service that features thousands of films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download since the service is browser or app based. Users can stream three movies or TV shows per week. New content is added on a regular basis. First time users must register in person at the 2nd floor Reference Desk to begin using Freegal Movies & TV.


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.

Every Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Peters Township High School Senior Roy Wang will offer tips on playing a great game of chess. All ages are welcome, beginners too! Register at the library’s circulation desk.


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.

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