Welcome to Mount Pleasant Public Library

CLOSED MONDAY APRIL 22

HOURS: Mon-Thurs, 10-8

Saturdays, 9-4; closed Fridays & Sundays except for special events 

Need ideas for your Book Club? Borrow one our 130 FREE BOOK DISCUSSION KITS — 8-16 books in a portable plastic bin plus discussion questions. Many kits also include a Large Print edition, an audio book, and even a DVD when applicable. See the entire list here BOOK DISCUSSION KIT LIST
Contact Kathy Miller at our Westmoreland Library Network (WLN) main office to schedule a KIT for your book club, and tell her the name of your library. You need a free WLN library card to borrow a book discussion kit.  Kathy Miller  724-420-5638 ext. 2, or kathy.miller@WLNonline.org

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Welcome to our special events listing …

Click here to view or print the detailed Library Calendar for April 2019

Click here to view the schedule for SCIENCE FICTION SATURDAYS 2019

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WE RECYCLE old phones and printer cartridges; old eye glasses for the Mt. Pleasant Twp. Lions Club, and BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION for the Ramsay and Rumbaugh PTO.
DONATE  Books, DVDs, audio book, games, puzzles, LEGOs, and yearbooks year round during operating hours. We cannot accept encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines or anything with a musty odor.

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Seven Weeks of Sign Language for Everyone

Continues at 6 p.m., April Tuesday, April 23; Monday, April 29; Monday, May 6; Tuesday, May 21; and Tuesday May 28.  Learn 10 American Sign Language signs each week. Even toddlers can learn sign language to communicate. Classes held across the street from the library at the fireman’s hall. Free, but space is limited. Please pre-register 724-547-3850. See the story in the Tribune-Review (which INCORRECTLY says he is teaching Bible concepts, it’s a secular event) “Sign language classes at Mt. Pleasant  Library”  https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/preacher-uses-sign-language-to-teach-biblical-concepts-at-mt-pleasant-library/

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Tuesdays With Morrie: Classical Encounters

Tuesday, April 23 and 30, 1 p.m. Back by popular demand! Join us for a four-week mini-music appreciation course designed to introduce people to the world of classical music or serve as a refresher course for those somewhat knowledgeable about classic music; more details to follow. Advanced registration is required. Instructor Morrie Brand (pictured above) is the Director of the Westmoreland Symphony’s Academy of Music and Music Director of the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra Program.  A generous, local library supporter is sponsoring this program, so it is free, limit of 15 participants.

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Used Book Sale BAG SALE

April 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This final bag sale concludes our spring used book sale. We are closed Monday, April 22, and on Fridays and Sundays. Held during National Library Month, the event benefits children’s programs and literacy. Sponsored by Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library

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Science Fiction Saturdays: ‘Galaxy Quest’

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Saturday, April, 27 2019, 1pm. Join us for the next installment of our science fiction exploration with this sci-fi parody of galactic proportions!
Science Fiction Saturdays aim to dive into lesser known science fiction works, and family friendly classics. Science Fiction Saturdays take place twice a month, will have out of this world snacks and activities for all ages.

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April Sunday Salon

Sunday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. The library welcomes a variety of artists and authors to share their works at this 21-and-over arts and culture event. Authors will present short stories and poems, and a variety of local artists will display their creations. Cost is $5 for non-Library Association Members, $3 for members. Sponsored by Scott Ludwig, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway.

Authors of the 280-page “Phantom Detectives at Risk” will read from their newest mystery anthology, the fourth book in the group’s “Sleuths and Serpents Mystery Collection” series, published as a fundraiser for the Ligonier Valley Writers.

The book features characters from a fictional writers’ group, the Sleuths and Serpents, “who solve unsolvable cases with help from the unlikeliest corners of the paranormal. Each writer is inspired by a different ghostly sidekick, who abets them in their quest for solutions,” according to the LVW. “These stories run the gamut from noir to whimsical.” The local authors are Thomas Beck, Marge Burke, Linda Ciletti, Stacy DiPasquale, Dan Ekis, Judith Gallagher, Gretchen Landis, Barb Miller, Mary Ann Mogus and Ronald J. Shafer. The book also includes a poem by Judith Sturges, cover art by Ekis and cover design by Ekis and Ciletti.

Copies of the book will be available for $15.  Please pre-register if possible to help with refreshment quantities

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Monthly Book Club: Still Alice

TUESDAY, April. 30, 6:30 p.m. Note this is a Tuesday and not our typical Monday meeting time. The Book Club will discuss “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. Enjoy healthy treats, and good company. Our librarian, writing professor, and prolific local author Barb Miller leads our discussions, and the library provides free copies each month, typically at the previous meeting.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimers, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.
The Westmoreland Choral Society will present Memory: Alzheimer’s Stories at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 10. “Still Alice” book discussion participants may purchase discounted tickets for $10.
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Mt. Pleasant Area Garden Club meeting

Tuesday, April 30. 7 pm. Held at 424 Washington Street Center for Active Adults.

Open to the public. Guest speaker will be Mary Lawrence, discussing tips on garden photography. The Mount Pleasant Area Garden Club was formed in 1966 to promote interest in horticulture, civic beautification, conservation, and education. Our 30 members’ community projects include planting & maintaining the flowers at Veterans Park, Penn Park and the Mount Pleasant Public Library. Meetings are normally held at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month except January, July & August at the Center for Active Adults on Washington Street in Mt. Pleasant. Confirmed meeting dates Tuesday, June 18 (plant auction). May 21 is a members-only banquet. Like us on Facebook! Guests are always welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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Board of Trustees monthly meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. The board of trustees welcomes the public to its monthly meeting and seeks volunteers to serve on committees. Meetings are typically held the first Wednesday of each month
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‘May the Fourth’ Be With You Star Wars Party!

Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join Star Wars movie characters from Starkiller Garrison for food, fun and games. We are unsure which characters will join us. Please pre-register. More details to follow. Star Wars Trivia Night will be held on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. 

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Tea at the Library FUNraiser

May 5, 1 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m. 

This special pre-Mother’s Day “Tea at the Library,” is the next event celebrating the library’s 80th Birthday year. Attendees will enjoy a delightful lunch and an historical presentation.
The Tea will be held at the library on Sunday, May 5 at 1p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the last opportunity to purchase tickets will be Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear hats, but doing so is optional.
The springtime menu includes fresh-cut fruit cups, fancy finger sandwiches and homemade tea breads, cookies, and scones. Cambria County historian Irene Huschak will present a program on how ladies would have dressed for a High Tea in the “Roaring Twenties.” Local high school volunteers will model the period clothing. Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society members will show their new Power Point presentation about the library.
“We will transform the library into an elegant dining venue, using real linens, plates, glasses, tea cups, and silverware, it will be very special,” said event organizer and Board of Trustees President, Kathleen Ceroni. “Barb Androstic from Herbalicious has created a special 80th Birthday Tea Blend to serve, and we have so many baskets for our basket raffle that we set it up two weeks ago and have been selling tickets.”
Tea at the Library tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the library. Library Association Members may purchase discounted tickets for $20 at the library. All tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. Guests will receive a keepsake tea coaster created by staff member Bonnie Wilson.
Basket raffle tickets are a $10 donation for 26 chances, which can be purchased during Library operating hours.
Proceeds benefit the library’s 80th birthday celebration, “Lighting the Path to Literacy and Life-Long Learning.” The campaign is sponsored by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, which is upgrading the library’s heating, air conditioning, outdoor lights and water heater to be more energy efficient.
For specific information on Tea at the Library, contact Kathleen Ceroni at 724-396-6651. For all other library programs, call 724-547-3850, email mountpleasant@WLNonline.org, or visit www.mountpleasantPAlibrary.org or the Facebook page @mplibrary15666.

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Book BINGO

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Active Adults, 424 Washington St., next to the gazebo. Anyone age 50 and older is welcome to attend this free event with prizes donated by the Library and staff. Held the first Tuesday of each month at the Center for Active Adults. The library then replenishes its little free library in the game room at the center.

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Gentle Chair Yoga

Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes, mats are optional. This gentle, soul-restorative yoga is for relaxation and mindfulness. You’ll leave feeling rested and refreshed. $5 suggested donation. Taught by local health professional Joan Siwula.

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Bike the Coal & Coke to May Mart!

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.  Bring your own bike and helmet and join this free, family-friendly group bike ride on the shady Coal & Coke Trail to West Overton’s May Mart Plant Sale & Makers Market. Total trip out and back is 10 miles. Begins at American Architectural Salvage in Mount Pleasant and ends at West Overton Village near Scottdale. The trail is paved and crushed limestone and isolated in the woods away from roads. Participants receive a FREE ticket to West Overton Museum, a raffle ticket for the bike giveaway, and TRANSPORTATION OF ALL YOUR GOODIES and plants back to your car in Mount Pleasant. Sponsored by Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, American Architectural Salvage, the Mount Pleasant Public Library, The Coal & Coke Trail, and West Overton Village and Museum.

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Cult Classic Movie “The Thing”

Tuesday, May 14, 5:30 pm. Join us for the screening of this classic science fiction film and scintillating discussion lead by author and retired professor, Dr. Fred Adams. His monthly series of deep dives into cult classics are based on his cult classic courses at a local university. In May, we will tackle the 1951 version of “The Thing.” Bring finger food and drinks, optional. The library director provides popcorn and fruited water. So far in the series: January, “The Forbidden Planet’;” February, “The Day the Earth Stood Still;” March, H.G. Wells’ “Time Machine;” and April, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

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Mount Pleasant Jr. Sr. High School Art Show Reception

Friday, May 17, time to be announced. Students’ original work will be on display beginning Tuesday, May 14. More details to follow. This is a collaboration between the library and the school.

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LEGO Club

Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. Come one, come all to our monthly LEGO Club on the third Saturday of every month! We’ll have a ton of bricks available, as well as DUPLO bricks for younger kids. If you have a large set that you’ve been working on, feel free to bring it and work on it. We’re eager to see LEGO fans of all ages this Saturday at 2p.m. Be sure to stop by the front desk or call 724-547-3850 to sign up if possible.

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Star Wars Trivia Night

will be held on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. 

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Mt. Pleasant Area Garden Club meeting

Tuesday, June 18. 7 pm. Held at 424 Washington Street Center for Active Adults.

Open to the public. This is the annual plant auction! The Mount Pleasant Area Garden Club was formed in 1966 to promote interest in horticulture, civic beautification, conservation, and education. Our 30 members’ community projects include planting & maintaining the flowers at Veterans Park, Penn Park and the Mount Pleasant Public Library. Meetings are normally held at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month except January, July & August at the Center for Active Adults on Washington Street in Mt. Pleasant. Like us on Facebook! Guests are always welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“Girls’ Day out – DIY SPA”

Date to be announced. Pamper yourself, learn to make a foot soak, facial scrub and lip scrub. Must pre-register. Open to all ages, $5 materials fee.