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THE BIG READ
COWBOY PRIDE by Lacy Williams (Book 3 in the Wild Wyoming Hearts series)

When: Monday, July 9, 2018 - Till July 23
Where: On Overdrive, our ebook platform

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook or eAudioBook through the library. Readers can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. This free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Westmoreland Library Network library card

Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams can be read on all major computers and devices. No wait lists or holds are needed! Since there's no limit to the number of copies available (this title only), everyone can checkout this eBook/eAudioBook at the same time. They automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
 

LIBRARIES ROCK! - 2018 Summer Reading Club for Children
Visit the Reading Rehearsal Room often to record your reading progress and pick up the incentives that you earned!

When: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Reading Rehearsal Room

Your Conductors Mrs. Carol Siefken, Julia Snyder, and Mary Federline will give you the instruments you need to rock the rhythm of reading this summer. All library staff members are eager to help you hit the right notes with reading!

Reading Rehearsal Room Hours (The Reading Rehersal Room closes 30 minutes before the Library closes.):
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Independent readers, including teens, are Reading Rock Stars this summer as they make reading their forte. Reading Rock Stars earn activity pages and coupon incentives.

Children who are not yet reading independently are Little Listeners in the Read-to-Me Club. Four hours of shared reading and listening earns a Congratulations Packet with coupon rewards, a participation certificate, an End-of-Summer Party invitation, and a chance to win a Strider™ 12 Sport Balance Bike, designed for young children.

Click here for more information, including links to: this year’s newsletter, Library Lyrics; monthly event calendars; and registraton calendars. Registration is required for all programs except those marked as drop-in on the calendars.

End-of-Summer Reading Party - Libraries Rock!
Rock group Celo Fury will amaze with an interactive, entertaining, and educational performance

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall - 3916 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysvile PA

This year's End-of-Summer Reading party is an evening event. The Murrysville Community Library presents Cello Fury, a rock group playing powerful sounds for summer reading. Bring the whole family to this evening concert followed by a cookie reception.

Please bring your invitation. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. The 45-minute show concludes around 7:25 p.m. with cookies for all.

Thank you to Gerald T. Loyancona, D.M.D. (Specialist in Orthodontics) for generously sponsoring our End-of-Summer Party entertainment and reception.

A PRESIDENTIAL VISIT BY ULYSSES S. GRANT
Grant Impersonator Kenneth Serfass Will Bring Grant to Life for Us

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room

The Library will be hosting a program by Kenneth Serfass who is a Ulysses S. Grant impersonator on Wednesday, July 18 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This program will be open to children and adults

Gunnery Sgt Kenneth J. Serfass was born in Bethlehem, PA on June 18th, 1966. He joined the USMC in 1984 and his final tour was with the First Marine Division Band during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Marine Corps in July of 2004 to become a music teacher.
Ken was a civil war reenactor and now is a first-person impressionist with over forty years of study of his self-avowed childhood hero U.S. Grant. He has created a nitch as a full time professional living historian portraying Ulysses S. Grant. He keeps the Facebook page, “U.S. Grant in living history," to document his travels and adventures.

APPLEBEE'S DINING TO DONATE PROGRAM
JOIN US AT MURRYSVILLE APPLEBEE'S FOR OUR FUNDRAISER

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m.
Where: 4920 William Penn Highway, Murrysville

Applebee's Dining to Donate Program allows everyone to "Enjoy A Meal That's Filling and Fulfilling" by eating in or trying their Carside to Go service. Applebee's will donate to the Library 15% of total sales to Murrysville Community Library supporters on July 24, 2018.

Join us at Applebee's-Murrysville and present the flyer, available at the library or through our Constant Contact email, to your server or Carside to Go Specalist. You can also show the flyer on your smartphone.

Thank you to everyone who supports the Library and our partnership with the Murrysville Applebee's. Future dates: August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27.

Plant Based Nutrition Support Group
East Suburban Group

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library

A monthly meeting open to anyone interested in learning and sharing information about healthy, plant-based food choices.

Click here for July meeting information.

Plant Based Eating Hub - recipes

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CAFE
Great performers and refreshments on select Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room


Join us at the Murrysville Community Library for our Wednesday Night Cafe!

Wednesday, July 25 - Join us in welcoming Amy Kuehn & Colin Miller for a half-hour trombone entertainment.

Wednesday, August 1- Lord of the Strings followed by Resaca Tango Duo

Stay tuned for additional performances. No registration required.

LIBRARY KNITTERS

When: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.- noon
Where: Municipal Conference Room

Join our Library Knitters for coffee, the craft of your choice, and good conversation! The group meets every other Monday.

Dog Reading Pals
Remember our furry friends during Assistance Dog Week, August 12-18, 2018

When: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Library

What?  Dogs can't read!  Of course they can't, but they are great listeners.  Reading to dogs helps children read at their own pace.  Join us on Friday, August 10 and and take your turn reading to a dog pal.  This is a great way to encourage new readers!

End of the Rock'n Adult Summer Reading Program Celebration

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room

Join us for "Open Mike Night" and Ice Cream to celebrate the end of the Rock'n Adult Summer Reading Program. We will also be announcing the winners of the baskets on display.

DAYTIME BOOK GROUP
A new, Library-sponsored book group held during daytime hours.

When: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room

Our new daytime book club will continue on August 16 at 11:00 a.m. and then will meet on the third Thursday of each month at the same time. The book selected for the August meeting will be Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk.

Click here to register or call the Library at 724-327-1102.

 

FALL SELECTIONS:

September 20 -  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

October 18 - The Living by Annie Dillard

15 November 15 - The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah

December 20 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

HARRY POTTER 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Join us for spirits and spells, thrills and chills (with food and games, of course)

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room

The book for discussion on August 21 is Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. Check at the Circulation Desk to request the book.

PUSHING THE LIMITS - An adult, science-based reading and discussion group

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
Where: Murrysville Community Library Conference Room

Join us at the Murrysville Community Library to continue exploring new ideas about nature, connections, survival, and knowledge in our evening, adult discussion program. The Pushing the Limits group is taking a summer vacation but will reconvene in October. Three books have been selected for October and participants can choose to read one or more during the hiatus.

The following comments are from group leader Chuck Greenberg.

"Here is the list for summertime reading. Enjoy all or whichever works for you. These books and more will be discussed in the Fall.


1. Dan Egan’s
The Death & Life of the Great Lakes, which was suggested by Kathy Cooper (Norwin). It is a close-to-home, natural extension of the Rachel Carson stories and our Homestead visit. It is also very topical these days because of the strong movement to undo the EPA and its purposes. And, the EPA was a product of Rachel Carson’s very popular books and teachings. The story is important because the Great Lakes represent 20% of Earth’s surface fresh water sources. The current push-back from vested business against science is one that we have visited over and over in our readings.

2. Margaret Attwood’s
The Handmaid’s Tale is a fictional story that begins with the loss of fertility among women of a future time because of environmental pollution. The story that unfolds from that has a lot in it that some might characterize as “political.” However, again, what I think that we will see is the consequences of push-back by those who have vested interests in preserving their own power and wealth.

3. Peter Russell’s
Prince Henry ‘the Navigator’ A Life recounts the beginning of the application of European science and engineering to the maritime exploits that led to ecological imperialism (Crosby) in the New World. It is a 15th century account of the kinds of commercial Push that we see in our own time, ones that often proceed without regard to all subsequent implications."

Check at the Circulation Desk to request a copy of one or more of the books.