What's Happening at the Library

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Cooper-Siegel Community Library and our branch, Sharpsburg Community Library. Registration required where noted.
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Fox Chapel Racquet Club
Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30-10:00
Pull out your costumes, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to Sip, Savor & Swing for the Cooper-Siegel Community Library!

Join your friends and neighbors at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club for a night of delicious food and drinks, live music, costume contests, a silent auction and more! VIP and General Admission ticket options available. All proceeds support library programs for all ages.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Special thanks to our sponsors (as of 9/16/19):
The Mosites Company
MW WorkWear
Golla ENT
Stonecipher Law Firm
The Robert I. Glimcher Family Foundation
Law Offices of Stephen S. Stallings, Esq.
John & Susan Skowron
Pillip H. & Betty L. Wimmer Family Foundation
Pam & Pete McIlroy
Axis Architecture
Print Tech

Kind Kids
CSCL Craft Room
Sunday, Sep. 22, 2:00-3:00
A program to encourage mindfulness and gratitude in kid's everyday life.  Children will learn the importance of being kind to others and ways to "pay it forward" at home and in the community.

Children will make a family kindness jar to take home.  If possible, please bring a jar to decorate.

Ages: 1st grade and up
Little Learners
CSCL Storytime Room
Monday, Sep. 23, 10:30-11:00 AM (Mondays 10:30-11:00)
Each week we will explore a different topic, such as space, insects, and more. Preschool aged children will enjoy listening to books related to the topic and then exploring our hands-on activities and crafts. For ages 3-5.
CSCL Program Room
Monday, Sep. 23, 2:00-3:00 (Mondays 2:00-3:00)
A.C.E. Homework Help
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Monday, Sep. 23, 3:30-5:00
or call 412-781-0783.
Achieve classroom excellence with FREE homework help and tutoring!  Receive assistance in math up to calculus or in reading, writing, and science through 8th grade.

Drop-ins welcome!  Come any time during the session.  Assistance is given on first-come, first-serve basis.
Green Grocer Produce
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Monday, Sep. 23, 3:30-4:30 (Mondays 3:30-4:40)
Our friends at Green Grocer Pittsburgh visit every Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  Buy fruits, vegetables, and herbs with cash, credit card, EBT, or farmer’s market vouchers.

Find their truck in our parking lot next to the Community Garden.

Green Grocer visits every week, rain or shine, except in the following conditions:
  • Temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Flooding
  • Lightning
Cancellations are posted on the Green Grocer Facebook page and the Sharpsburg Community Library Facebook page.
Script Style Calligr
CSCL McLaughlin Room
Monday, Sep. 23, 6:00-7:45 (Mondays 6:00-7:45)
Learn the beautiful style of script calligraphy called Copperplate in this 8-week session on Mondays from 6-7:45 p.m.  Instructor, Karen Roberts will help you discover the flexibility of using a pen with a pointed nib dipped in ink to create script lettering. You will learn the classical letterforms then apply that knowledge to learning how to address envelopes for holidays or special events. Returning students will continue to develop their personal style and work on small projects. New students will need to pay a $30 supply fee payable to Karen at the first class, in addition to the $85 class fee.  No other supplies are needed for the first class.

Note: November 18th's session will be held on the ground floor in the program room.
Evening Book Discuss
CSCL Program Room
Monday, Sep. 23, 7:00-8:00
Join us for a lively discussion of Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett. Refreshments will be provided.
Spanish Conversation
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 10:00-10:45
Expand your knowledge and ability to speak Spanish through informal conversation at this weekly adult meetup. Our wonderful and lively instructor, Diana Morales will have you speaking Spanish with ease! This group will meet for 12 weeks from September 3rd through November 19th. Register to attend all 12 meetings on the 9/3 event listing. Since this is an ongoing event, fall 2019 attendees should know some basic Spanish vocabulary as Diana will be building upon the spring 2019 language skills the group developed.
If you’re feeling advanced in your Spanish speaking, the Advanced Conversation group meets weekly directly after this one.
National Voter Regis
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 10:00-1:00
The League of Women Voters will be here to register voters!
Preschool Storytime
CSCL Storytime Room
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 10:30-11:00 (Tuesdays 10:30-11:00)
A great time for your readers-to-be to develop literacy skills that they will need for their upcoming kindergarten year. This storytime includes longer books which are accompanied by a variety of activites including songs, flannel boards, and a craft. For ages 3-5.
Spanish Conversation
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 11:00-11:45
Practice speaking Spanish through informal conversation at this weekly adult meetup. The group meets for 10 weeks from September 3rd through November 5th.

Spanish speaking natives new to the area and those who have a solid grasp on the language are welcome. This is a group for advanced Spanish speakers only. If you are interested in learning to speak Spanish, please check out the beginner’s group which meets each week right before this group.

Please register on this event for the entire series.
Rep. Innamorato Sate
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 11:00-1:00
Staff from Rep. Innamorato's office will be here on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month to address constituents' concerns and provide resources.
Drawing for Beginner
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 1:00-3:00
Melissa Tai creates a warm and welcoming environment will invite students who “can’t even draw stick people” and intermediate artists alike to try new techniques and look with new eyes. Most art projects start with a drawing, so we will learn about this important practice.

We will explore a variety of tools and techniques to allow each artist to find a form of mark making that they enjoy.
Supplies list:
  • Sharpened pencils; if you want to purchase artist’s drawing pencils I suggest a 4B, HB, and 4H. Otherwise a standard #2 is fine.
  • A black marker that comes to a point; Sharpie is a good choice.
  • Kneaded eraser and/or Gum eraser
  • Compressed Charcoal stick or charcoal vines
  • 18 X 24 Newsprint Pad
  • Smaller drawing pad (optional);  one you might take places with you, you choose the size
Class fee is $120 for this 10-week class; adults 18+ only.
National Voter Regis
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 1:00-4:00
Exercise your right to vote!  Volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh will be here to register new voters, help voters change party affiliation, and provide information about candidates in the upcoming election this November.
Books on Tap
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 6:30-8:30
Books on Tap is a lively book discussion group for the 40-n-under crowd. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at a local pub/restaurant so check back to see where we'll be this month!  We're reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo this month. Interested in joining? Call the Reference Department for more details or register online!
CSCL Program Room
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2:00-3:00 (Wednesdays 2:00-3:00)
Fall Film Series: Se
CSCL Program Room
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 6:00-8:00
Join Dr. Anthony Hayt for an exploration of film. This fall, we're looking at Sex, Gender, and the Cinematic Body in Turn of the Century Global Art Films. This course meets for 9 weeks. 

The consideration of film as a representation of cultural norms is an important exercise, as art both reflects and forms those norms. This series will ask viewers to consider traditional gender roles and challenges to them, while also considering how aesthetic choices impact interpretation. We will examine five films released within a four-year period around the turn of the turn of the 21st century. All of these films were made with a global audience in mind, and most were from international production companies. They all tell compelling stories of love while focusing on the bodies of characters and utilizing daring, non-traditional aesthetics. From editing to sound, narrative structures to cinematography, all of these movies challenge the way we watch movies while also challenging us to consider the way that social norms around gender and sex are mapped onto the body politic. This series includes scenes of graphic sex and violence, so please be aware of potential triggers.

We'll be viewing:

Novel Knitters
CSCL Reading Room
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 6:00-8:00
This casual knitting group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. Beginners are welcome. Bring a project to work on and join us for an evening of crafting in our relaxing Reading Room. No registration necessary- just drop in!
Toddler Storytime
Hulme Children's Storytime Room
Thursday, Sep. 26, 10:30-11:00 (Thursdays 10:30-11:00)
Thursday storytime will engage toddlers with picture books, finger plays, and songs.  Children will be introcuced to pre-reading skills while having fun and interacting with other toddlers in a friendly setting.

Ages 2-3
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