What's Happening at the Library

Join us for upcoming digital and virtual offerings at Cooper-Siegel Community Library and our branch, Sharpsburg Community Library.
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Adventures Behind th
Online
Friday, Jul. 23, anytime
While we're not able to bring back our real Adentures in the Burgh, we're offering some virtual editions. This month, enjoy some virtual behind the scenes looks at cool places every Friday! Today get a look at how a big cruise ship operates. These tours are available any time for you so click away and explore!
  • July 30th: Behind the Scences at New York Public Library
Please register to receive the link that you can use anytime!
Chair Yoga - 4 Week
CSCL Welcome Garden
Friday, Jul. 23, 9:00-10:00
This chair yoga class, which will take place outside in our Welcome Garden, is aimed at people with balance or mobility issues. It will focus on stretching, strengthening, mindfulness/breathing, and balance while in a safe environment and use of props as needed. All poses will be done from the chair or standing with or without support. Modifications will be given to meet your specific needs. Chairs provided. 

Please register online and plan to attend all 4 sessions. This course is free!

Jackie Thomas is a neurological and vestibular physical therapist and co-owner of Life in Motion Gym. She has also completed a Professional Yoga Therapy certification. Over the past few years, she has taught and developed yoga programs for patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and orthopedic issues. Jackie has an additional certification in Pain Care yoga and Love Your Brain yoga.
Storytime Safari wit
CSCL Welcome Garden
Friday, Jul. 23, 10:30-11:00 (Fridays at 10:30)
Roar! To celebrate our summer reading theme, Tails and Tales, we will be going on a storytime safari in our Welcome Garden every Friday morning! Join Ms. Melanie for books, songs, and dancing. Every week get a new sticker for your passport!

Weather permitting. 
Silenced, Suppressed
Online
Friday, Jul. 23, 12:00-1:00
University of Pittsburgh Professor, Uma Satyavolu, shares stories about stories that have been banned, challenged, silenced and suppressed. Please note, that challenging and controversial topics are discussed. Learn about the process behind the publication of James' Joyce's Ulysses and more!

Please register online. You'll receive the YouTube link to watch the video anytime after 12 AM July 23rd. If you are seeing this event listing after July 23rd, head to our YouTube page to watch the video. 

Uma is passionately interested in undergraduate education and has taught in the English Department and in the University Honors College at Pitt. Her interests in the mission of the Humanities and her passionate devotion to old-fashioned concepts like Beauty and Truth have directed her, over the last few years, into transhistorical, transcultural courses which bridge the gaps between imaginative truth of literature (poetry, fiction) and the centrality of factual, scientific knowledge. “Beauty is nature’s fact,” Emily Dickinson tells us; and perhaps one might venture the corollary, that Fact is nature’s beauty. Uma’s devotion to promoting such interdisciplinary knowledge has led her to devise the course Literature and Medicine. She now co-ordinates the English Department’s Medical Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellows in their research into strengthening humanities education for undergraduate preparing for the medical and healthcare fields, as well as science writing and narrative medicine. Christine de Pizan again: “These are my habits and the way I spend my life: studying literature.”
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Saturday, Jul. 24, 10:30-2:00
Now that you've learned all about our Artist of the Month, get a Take-n-Make kit for our corresponding art activity! You can watch the YouTube videos at any time. Kits will be available on the 4th Saturday beginning at 10:30 while supplies last.
Online
Saturday, Jul. 24, 10:30-10:45 (3rd & 4th Saturdays, 10:30-10:45)
Learn about our Artist of the Month in a virtual storytime, then participate in a fun art activity! A new artist will be featured every month on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays at 10:30. You can watch the YouTube videos at any time. Activity kits will be available on the 4th Saturday beginning at 10:30 while supplies last.
Story Streams
Online
Monday, Jul. 26, 10:30-10:45 (2nd & 4th Mondays, 10:30-10:45)
Tune in for a story and recommended read-alikes with Ms. Sara on the 2nd and 4th Monday morning!

Videos are posted to the Sharpsburg Community Library YouTube page. If you can't watch during the scheduled time, watch whenever it's convenient for you! Stories are geared for PreK children.

Titles TBA.
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Monday, Jul. 26, 11:30-1:00 (Daily, July 26-29, 11:30-1:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
Learn basic coding with Scratch and make your own game or video! There will be screen-free activities each day.

This is a daily camp M-TH for 90 minutes. Geared for GR 2-5. Max. number of participants is 10. Registration required.
Evening Book Discuss
Online
Monday, Jul. 26, 7:00-8:00
Join us the 4th  Monday of every month for a great discussion! We read mostly fiction in this group. Titles are available for checkout at book club meetings and at the Circulation Desk and we are always happy to reserve copies. Here's what we're reading this month: How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang.

Please register. You'll receive the unique Zoom link to attend in your registration confirmation email. 

Upcoming selections:
  • August 23rd: The Guest Book by Sarah Blake 
  • September 27th: Once upon a River by Diana Setterfield
  • October 25th: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Summer Learning Teen
Outside in front of the library
Tuesday, Jul. 27
SummerFunfetti Candles (Grades 6-12)

Project: Create a festive funfetticandle to celebrate summer!

Supplies in kit: 8oz Jar, Sprinkles, Candle Wax, CornSyrup, and Wicks

Pick up starting July 6th outside the front doorof the library.
(while supplies last)
Teen Game Night on D
Online
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 7:00-9:00 (Tuesdays 7:00)
Start 2021 off right! Join players from other libraries for Teen Game Night on Discord. Gamer librarians around the county have come together to collab on a weekly game night that will have something for all players. Grades 7-12 only. Be sure to register for our Discord channel
 

July Games!!

7/10 Special Saturday D & D

7/13 MarioKart

7/14 Anime Night

7/20 Among Us

7/21 Bad Book Club

7/27 Pictionary

7/28 Wednesday Replay: Minecraft




You'll receive the link to participate when you register!
Caterpillar Club - S
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 10:30-11:00 (Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
Come outside to the courtyard with Ms. Sara for a wiggly, giggly program for children 0-2 and their caregivers! We'll share stories, songs, and fingerplays to build literacy skills with our youngest ibrary friends!

Masks are required for caregivers and anyone over age 2. We recommend bringing a towel or blanket to sit on.


Limit 10 child/caregiver pairs per session. Registration strongly recommended.

This is an outdoor program and will be canceled if there is inclement weather. Check the weather forecast or call the library for confirmation.

This program occurs before library hours. Please go directly to the courtyard. Gates open 15 minutes before start time.
Family Fun Storytime
CSCL Welcome Garden
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 10:30-11:00
Join us in the library's Welcome Garden for a playful storytime that includes books, rhymes, and songs  for the whole family. This program is geared towards babies through 5 year olds and their caregivers.
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 11:30-1:00 (Daily, July 26-29, 11:30-1:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
Learn basic coding with Scratch and make your own game or video! There will be screen-free activities each day.

This is a daily camp M-TH for 90 minutes. Geared for GR 2-5. Max. number of participants is 10. Registration required.
Virtual Experiences:
Online
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 5:00-6:00
Whether you are a regular visitor or have never been, there is a lot for you to discover at the Senator John Heinz History Center! Learn about the museum's rich collection and ongoing exhibits, including the 7,000-square-foot exhibit on American Democracy. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized recommendations for what to see first!

This virtual program is part of a series promoting the Experience Kits initiative at select Allegheny & Washington County Libraries, and is sponsored by the Heinz Center Affiliates Program (HCAP). With your library card, receive free admission passes for up to four people to several local museums and historical sites. Register here.

For more information, visit Whitehall Library's information page

Upcoming Museum Spotlight Lectures:
  • Tuesday, August 3: Quecreek Mine Rescue Site
  • Tuesday, August 10: Captain William Vicary Mansion and Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation
  • Tuesday, August 17: The Passavant House and Zelienople Historical Society
  • Tuesday, August 24: McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center

If you have children, join us on Saturday, July 31 at 10 AM for a special virtual storytime! See our calendar for more details on how to register.
Weekly Meditation
Online
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 6:00-7:00 (Tuesdays 6:00-7:00)
The Pittsburgh Buddhist Center offers its weekly meditation sessions online. Bhante is committed to offering programs related to well-being during this time. You can find the past live sessions recorded and new sessions live every Tuesday at 6:00 by clicking this link
This weekly meditation series is designed for beginners. Our guide is a Buddhist monk and the meditation techniques taught are secular and appropriate for all adults regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. No need to register. 
Sharpsburg Sleuths M
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 7:00-8:00
or call 412-781-0783.
Get a clue with the Sharpsburg Sleuths!  Join us in-person in the courtyard, weather-permitting, or in our Zoom discussion to chat about mysteries and thrillers every month.

The June selection is Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr, in which a national park ranger has to solve a murder.  Copies will be available at the circulation desk.  Ebook is available on Overdrive.

Join online or by phone 646-558-656.
Meeting ID: 824 9081 5280
Passcode: 635588
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Wednesday, Jul. 28, 10:30-11:00 (Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
You're never too young for science! Pre-K friends and their caregivers can join Ms. Erin in the courtyard for stories, songs, and movement that introduce basic STEAM concepts.

Activities TBA.

There is no session on 7/21.

Limit of 10 child/caregiver pairs per session. Registration strongly recommended.
Masks required for anyone over age 2.

This is an outdoor program and will be canceled if there's inclement weather. Check the weather forecast or call the library.

Program occurs before library hours. Please go directly to courtyard. Gates open 15 minutes before start time.
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Wednesday, Jul. 28, 11:30-1:00 (Daily, July 26-29, 11:30-1:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
Learn basic coding with Scratch and make your own game or video! There will be screen-free activities each day.

This is a daily camp M-TH for 90 minutes. Geared for GR 2-5. Max. number of participants is 10. Registration required.
Magical Creatures
CSCL Welcome Garden
Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2:00-3:00
Dragons, mermaids, or unicorns - which is your favorite? Explore the world of fantastical creatures while discovering mysterious tales and making magical art. For grades 2-5. 
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