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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Little Learners
CSCL Storytime Room
Monday, Sep. 16, 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.
Nuttin But the Truth
CSCL Reading Room
Monday, Sep. 16, 11:00-12:00
For lovers of nonfiction like history, memoir, science, philosophy! We’re getting at the truth! Real stories and real people in all genres! Stop by the library to pick up your copy of the current month’s book. Please register online – the space where we meet has limited seating. Here’s what we’re reading:
CSCL Program Room
Monday, Sep. 16, 2:00-3:00 (Mondays 2:00-3:00)
A.C.E. Homework Help
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Monday, Sep. 16, 3:30-5:30
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. 16, 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. 16, 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.
CSCL Program Room
Monday, Sep. 16, 6:00-8:00
Family Storytime - S
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Monday, Sep. 16, 6:00-6:45 (Mondays, 6:00-6:45)
or call 412-781-0783.
Join Ms. Sara in the Community Room for stories, songs, and silliness for the whole family.  All ages are welcome – however activities are geared for PreK- GR 1.

September Themes
9/9: Squirrelly Stories
9/16: Arrrrr is for Reading!
9/30: Fall into Reading
Spanish Conversation
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 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.
CSCL Reading Room
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 10:00-11:30 am (Tuesdays 10-11:30)
Book Club
Wiggle Time - Sharps
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 10:30-11:00 (Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
Wiggle, crawl, and bounce in this program for babies and toddlers up to 2.5 years of age.  Ms. Sara will share fingerplays, rhymes, and shaker songs with our youngest patrons and their caregivers in the Community Room every week.
Preschool Storytime
CSCL Storytime Room
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 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. 17, 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.
Drawing for Beginner
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 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.
Democratic Committee
CSCL Program Room
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 6:30-8:00
Open to the public!
This meeting occurs after the library is closed for the day so please park in the back and come in through the back program room doors on the far right side of the buildi
PA Career Link Mobil
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 1:30-3:30 (Wednesdays Sep 18 and Oct 16)
PA CareerLink staff will be here at the library to answer questions about the PA CareerLink website, as well as services including re-training opportunities, re-employment services, free GED classes, and more!

Register for an appointment online via the PA CareerLink website.  Walk-ins welcome. Find them in the Adult Services Department, near the back of the library.
CSCL Program Room
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2:00-3:00 (Wednesdays 2:00-3:00)
Fall Film Series: Se
CSCL Program Room
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 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:

DIY After Dark - Sha
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 6:30-7:30
or call 412-781-0783.
This month Ms. Alison will teach us the best techniques to sketch fall foliage with both oil and chalk pastels. We will meet in the Community Room, but we may go outside to the courtyard, weather permitting.

This program is geared for adults. Teens 15 and older may attend with a participating adult.
Speculative Fiction
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 7:00-8:00
or call 412-781-0783.
Travel to new realms with Speculative Fiction Book Club! We read a variety of speculative genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, superhero fiction, and more. Find us on the green couch in the Fiction Room.

Our September selection is Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman, a post-colonial dystopian novel by an Aboriginal author. Copies will be available at the Sharpsburg circulation desk.
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