Welcome to Mount Pleasant Public Library

Our “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program begins June 5, and will include “Movie Mondays,” a free G or PG rated movie for all ages every Monday beginning June 11 at 10 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Download our brochure here. Our Summer Reading program and Story Garden activities are made possible by the generosity of:

The Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library

The Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Fund

Westmoreland County Commissioners

Family & Friends of the late Erma Smith Eckels

The Mount Pleasant Township Lions Club

Other anonymous donors

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ONGOING: We recycle old phones and printer cartridges. We also collect old eye glasses for the Mt. Pleasant Twp. Lions Club.
Book, DVD, audio book, puzzles, LEGO, and yearbook donations are welcome anytime.

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NEW! Movie Mondays

June 11 through July 23 – We’ll enjoy a G or PG movie on our new big-screen TV at 10 a.m. each Monday during Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program! Snacks will be provided.

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Lego Club

Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m. Bring your own LEGO sets to build or use our collection. We also have Duplo for younger children. All ages welcome. Held the third Saturday each month. Please pre-register if possible by calling 724-547-3850.

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Gentle Chair Yoga twice each month

Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Our library will offer chair yoga classes each month on the second Thursdays at 10 a.m. before the library opens, and on the third Mondays at 6 p.m. No mats are required for Hatha yoga, a gentle yoga with emphasis on stretching, breathing and mindfulness. Classes are free but donations of up to five dollars are welcome. Healthcare professional and yoga instructor Joan Siwula of Scottdale will teach the classes.

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Make Pop Art!

Friday, June 22, 6 p.m. Make are with Pop NY Artist Michael Albert – program and collage workshop for families. Be a guest DJ, bring your favorite family-friendly CDs! Best for kindergarten and older. Part of our Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” Please pre-register.

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Harry Potter Escape Room

June 23, 1-5 p.m. $5 per person.  Mount Pleasant Public Library will host a Harry Potter Escape Room on Saturday, June 23, to celebrate the release of the first J.K. Rowling novel 21 years ago. An escape room is a physical adventure game where players work as a team to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using hints, clues, and strategy to reach a goal. Participants must pre-register for one of four time slots between 1-5 p.m. They will receive a clue, and using their knowledge of the books and movies, will have 45 minutes to find the Golden Snitch and escape the puzzle room. Cost is a $5 donation per person and participants must pre-register by calling 724-547-3850. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Dig out the wizard robes, take up those wands and get ready to challenge your problem-solving skills. The library is located at 120 S. Church St. in Mount Pleasant, Pa.

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Meet the Author: Beverly Jenkins at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center

June 23, 7 p.m. Please join Seton Hill University and the Westmoreland Library Network in welcoming author Beverly Jenkins for a talk, book signing and reception.

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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.

This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required for entry. Reserve your ticket at http://bit.do/beverlyjenkins

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Book Club 

Monday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. Librarian and local author Barbara Miller will lead the book club discussion. Light refreshments, compliments of Barb and group members. This month’s read is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” Pick up your copy at the library.

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Harpest Plays African KORA

Tuesday, June 26, 1 p.m. African Harpist Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the unique 21-stringed West African Kora. Some songs are 800 years old! Sean learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire.  He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

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Meet the Author: Rich Gazarik

Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh is a hardworking city, and hard workers sometimes enjoy the occasional spirits. So, when Prohibition hit the Steel City (c. 1919) it created a level of violence and corruption residents have never witnessed. Join Greensburg author Richard Gazarik as he details the shady side of the Steel City during a tumultuous era in America. Gazarik is a former reporter for the Tribune-Review and has written several books about historical events in the Pittsburgh area. Free; donations are welcome.

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Cookbook Club

Saturday, July 7, noon. Join fellow foodies to share prepared recipes, potluck style! Use our cookbook at the circulation desk or bring your own favorite recipes. This month’s theme: Picnic time! The library provides coffee and table settings. Call the library to RSVP, just to help us with planning.

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Game Club!

Saturday, July 7, 1-4 p.m. Check out our board game collection at Family Game Club, held the first Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm. Play our games or bring your own!

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Friends of the Library meeting

Monday, July 9, 6 p.m. Join the Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library. New members welcome! Open to men and women age 18 and above who would like to support children’s programming and literacy. The group meets the FIRST MONDAY of each month at 6 p.m., except for holidays.

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Improve your mobility and reduce pain

Tuesday, July 10, 12:30 p.m. Learn from our local health guru, Personal Trainer Rob Copenhaver, of Mt. Pleasant Area Personal Training. Bring a lunch (optional) and learn! This is for anyone interested in improving movement, losing weight and and maybe even decreasing pain by learning how to build muscle. Rob starts with basic movements and helps clients improve from there. He says a pound of muscle is leaner than a pound of fat, even though they weigh the same, so it’s important to build muscle. He specializes in helping people who shy away from the limited movement of work out machines. Please pre-register if possible.

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Book BINGO – NEW!

Wednesday, July 11, 10:30-11:30. Join us for a few rounds of BINGO at the Mount Pleasant Senior Center at 424 Washington St., where the prizes will be the winners’ choice of books, DVDs, audio books, magazines, or puzzles! Held the second Wednesday at the Senior Center.

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July 11, 1:30 p.m. All-ages Magical Musical Magic Show with the Singing Chicken. A funny, educational and inspiring program kids will love and parents will appreciate, from our favorite magician, Steve Haberman, “Professor Steve.” Please pre-register if possible! Part of our awesome Summer Reading Program.

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Gentle Chair Yoga twice each month

Thursday, July 12, 10 a.m.

Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

Join us  for chair yoga classes each month on the second Thursdays at 10 a.m. before the library opens, and on the third Mondays at 6 p.m.

No mats are required for Hatha yoga, a gentle yoga with emphasis on stretching, breathing and mindfulness. Classes are free but donations of up to five dollars are welcome. Healthcare professional and yoga instructor Joan Siwula of Scottdale will teach the classes.

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Stage Right presents “The Little Drummer Girl”

Wednesday, July 18, 1:30 p.m. Stage Right performs “The Little Drummer Girl.” She dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongos! Please pre-register. An all-ages performance. This musical dramatizations brings books to life with professional theatre artists, colorful costumes, props and incredible story telling techniques. The result is an exciting, professionally produced performance that sparks interest in books, stimulates imagination and encourages reading.

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Meet President Grant

July 24, Mount Pleasant Church of God social hall, 6:30 p.m.  We sold out when Ken Serfass appeared as General Grant (above, left) in 2017. This year, take a moment to discuss with US President Grant his lessons learned during the first term, as he contemplates reelection in 1872. Musicians from Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform live period music before President Grant’s talk. The church is located at 936 W. Main St., in Mount Pleasant. The event and parking are free, thanks to the generosity of HAUSER INSURANCE AND REED TOOL & DYE. Donations are welcome.

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Our Home Front during WWII

Thursday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.  West Overton Museum’s Director of Education Aaron Hollis will discuss the research he and his team have done to host a traveling exhibit from the Heinz History Center in 2019, featuring western PA’s home front during the war. To complement the exhibit, West Overton is creating an exhibit of our own that will showcase our local home front. From the talk, Aaron hopes to hear memories from the 1940s; recruit participants for home-front oral history interviews, and find out what our community wants to learn more about. Free, pre-registration requested.

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One Book, One Westmoreland

Monday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. “Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World” by Laura Spinney.  In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked 1918 influenza pandemic to reveal how the virus traveled across the globe, exposing mankind’s vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology and economics, Pal Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity. Photo credit: from the book. 

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m.  Block Party is a free, open play program for children of all ages. Parents stay and play; kids can experiment with our new wooden blocks and play sets from Lakeshore Learning. Block play builds skills in math, science and literacy … as well as creativity. Held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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Monthly board meeting 

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m. The Mount Pleasant Library Board of Directors will meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., except for July. The public is welcome.

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Anime Club: Check out the latest schedule of events on our Facebook Page!