Coming in June 2016

Community Library of Allegheny Valley – May 2016 Events 

Historical Book Club,
7 to 8 pm June 6 (Harrison)
The group will discuss “When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped us Win World War II” by Molly Guptill Manning in June and “Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy” by Diana Preston in July. Copies available at Harrison. New readers welcome!

Tech Tuesday Tutoring,
12 to 2 pm Tuesdays (Harrison)
Sign up for a 20 minute time slot to receive help with any technology related problem. From Kindles to Microsoft Word to resumes to Gmail, find answers here.

Walk This Way Challenge,
June 6 to August (Harrison and Tarentum)
There are 174 miles (367,488 steps) between our library and Gettysburg Battlefield.  The library is challenging you to cover the distance between June 6 and August 26.  Those who complete the challenge will be entered to win a prize.  Need help tracking your progress? Purchase a pedometer at the library for $0.50. Call 724-226-3491 to register and for more information.

Starting at Noon, First Thursday of the month,  Friends of the Library Card Party: The Friends of the Community Library of Allegheny Valley host a “no-frills” card party on the first Thursday of each month. The party is held in the community room of the Community Library of Allegheny Valley-Harrison, 1522 Broadview Boulevard, Natrona Heights PA 15065.There is a $5 fee. Dessert and coffee are provided and participants may bring a bag lunch. Tables of four may play any card game or board game. To RSVP, contact Jo Humphrey at 724-224-8873. (Harrison)

Lifestory Writing— 6 to 7 pm 
June 8 & 22 (Harrison)
Lifestory writing documents experiences for
future generations, creates an overview of your life, and gives the personal satisfaction that comes with writing. Bring writing to be workshopped during meetings. Join anytime—group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays unless otherwise noted!

Makerspace: Zentangle Workshop 
6 to 8 pm June 9 (Harrison)
Get your creative juices flowing to try out this meditation sensation that is sweeping the nation.  Learn the basics and try your hand at this popular technique of relaxation through drawing.  No art skills necessary.  Register at 724-226-3491.

Makerspace: Open Makerspace
5:30 to 8 pm May 12,     11 to 1:45 pm May 20 (Harrison)
Have an idea for a new project? Come and create using the library’s makerspace.  Stop by and use the sewing machine, Cricut, Scan n Cut, Quilling tools, and computers.  Spend time swapping idea with fellow makers.  Use of the machines is free but disposable materials (ex: paper and glue) will not be provided.

Grow Your Own Spaghetti Sauce
5:30 pm May 16 (Harrison)
Keep your garden hanging from the back porch. Learn how to grow your tomatoes upside down and still leave room for herbs.  Participants will pot their own plants to grow at home. Class will cost $8 per person. Registration required at 724-226-3491.

50 Book Challenge
6 pm May 17 (Harrison)
Read at least 50 by the end of the year.  The group meets to discuss favorite books and get suggestions. New members welcome!

Who Knew? Freemasons
6 to 7 pm May 17 OR 18 (Tarentum)
Did you know that Tarentum’s Alexander Pollock Freemason Lodge 502 is Tarentum’s oldest fraternal organization?  Discover little known facts about the Freemasons.  Audience participation welcomed. Registration required as seating is limited to 30 people. Sign up at 724-226-0770.
Seating limited to 30 each session.

Cookbook Challenge Party 
6:00 pm May 18 (Harrison)
Calling all Food Lovers. Discover new dishes and show off your own creations at this fun new library program.  Visit the library to find a new cookbook to check out.  Choose a recipe from the book to create and share.  Leave with a pamphlet of all of the presented recipes. The theme for May will be appetizers. Participants must register at 724-226-3491 by May 13.

Straw Bale Gardening Workshop 
2 to 3 pm May 21 (Tarentum)
Learn about this unique method of gardening based on Joel Karsten’s book—Straw Bale Gardens Complete.  This method involves no digging in dirt or weeding and is perfect for small areas and those who have trouble bending down. Registration required. Call 724-224-0770 to sign up.

Yarn Friends,
5:30 to 7:30 pm May 23 (Harrison)
Basic materials: 1-skein Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and Size 6mm knitting needles or Size H crochet hook. Refreshments by Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing. Newbies welcome!

Makerspace: Altered Books Workshop 
5:30 to 7:30 pm May 26 (Tarentum)
What can you do with an old book? Learn about ways to reuse your old books and make a book safe.  Leave the program with a fun new place to hide your valuables.  Register at 724-226-3491.

Congratulations Tarentum Library 
Pucketos Garden Club was awarded a seed grant to help fund Tarentum Library’s experimental straw bale garden. This grant was given by the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.  Watch this garden grow during the summer months!

Save the Date! Summer Reading Begins June 11.

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