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

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.
Toddler Storytime
Hulme Children's Storytime Room
Thursday, Sep. 19, 10:30-11:00 (Thursdays 10:30-11:00)
or call 412-781-0783.
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
Music for Everyone!
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Thursday, Sep. 19, 1:00-2:00 (Thursdays 1:00-2:00)
Come to a jam session with our friends from Achieva!  People of all musical and developmental abilities are welcome in the Community Room!
A.C.E. Homework Help
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Thursday, Sep. 19, 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.
CSCL Reading Room
Thursday, Sep. 19, 6:30-7:30 (Thursdays 6:30-7:30)
This weekly meditation series is designed for beginners. Our guide is a Buddhist monk, but the meditation techniques taught are secular and are appropriate for all adults regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. Free of charge and no need to register. Some seating is on the floor or hard chairs so feel free to bring a cushion.
Wise Walks
Friday, Sep. 20, 9:30-10:30 (Fridays 9:30-10:30)
Come walk with us! We meet every meet every Friday morning, rain or shine at 9:30 (when the weather is less than ideal, we walk indoors). To find out where we walk and more information about the group, call the Adult Services Department to be added to the weekly email. Adults 18+.
Baby & Me
CSCL Storytime Room
Friday, Sep. 20, 10:30-11:00 (Fridays 10:30-11:00)
Baby & Me focuses on developing baby's early literacy skills by instilling a love for reading using songs, nursery rhymes, and movement.  Fun for baby and caregiver.

Ages: infant-23 months
CSCL Program Room
Friday, Sep. 20, 2:00-3:00 (Fridays 2:00-3:00)
What Our Parents Tau
CSCL Sharpsburg Branch
Friday, Sep. 20, 6:30-8:30
Sharpsburg resident Pam Bruno's work will be featured alongside collaborative projects with various family members.  Light refreshments including adult beverages will be served.  Donations appreciated.
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.
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