Welcome to Mount Pleasant Public Library

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 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 March 2019 Mt Pleasant Library calendar

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’s 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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Classic Sci-Fiction Movie & Discussion

Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm  Watch and discuss a sci-fi cult classic in this new monthly series. Author and retired professor Fred Adams Jr. will discuss and then we’ll view, “H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine” (1960), produced and directed by George Pal, that stars Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Alan Young. The film was based on Wells’ 1895 novella that was influential in the development of science fiction. Plot: An inventor in Victorian England constructs a machine that enables him to travel into the distant future; once there, he discovers that mankind’s descendants have divided into two species, one who feed on the other. Limited to 25, please pre-register.

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Garden Talk: Starting Seeds Indoors

Martha Oliver is the horticulturist at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Photo: DOUG OSTER

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 6 pm. Local garden designer Martha Oliver will explain how to start seeds indoors. She will discuss timing, supplies needed, lighting requirements and more. She plans to focus on annuals and veggies, and then review the complexities of starting perennials and woody plants. Martha Oliver is a Horticulturist for Powdermill Nature Reserve, and she  grows plants from seeds for them, and the Pollinator Festival Plant Sale in August. Martha Oliver also has Magnolia tripetala coming up, after 3 months of chilling in the fridge.

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Gentle Chair Yoga

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Thursday, March 21. 6 pm. Classes are free but donations of up to $5 are welcome. No mats are required for Hatha yoga, a gentle yoga with emphasis on stretching, breathing and mindfulness. Attendees are welcome to bring and use mats. Healthcare professional and yoga instructor Joan Siwula of Scottdale will teach the classes.

Attendees may bring mats. Classes will also be held on Monday, April 8, and Thursday, May 9, also at 6 p.m.

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Science Fiction Saturdays: Battlestar Galactica

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Saturday, March 23 2019. Noon. Join us for the next installment of our science fiction exploration continuing with the saga of preserving humanity in space.
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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Monthly Book Club

Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. The Book Club will discuss “Silent Spring!” by Pittsburgh’s Rachel Carson. Enjoy healthy treats, and good company. Our librarian, writing professor, and prolific local author Barb Miller hosts the group, and the library provides free copies of the book du jour. New members are always welcome!
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Mt. Pleasant Area Garden Club meeting

Tuesday, March 26. 7 pm. Held at 424 Washington Street Center for Active Adults. Open to the public. 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 Mt. Pleasant Public Library. Meetings are normally held at 7 PM 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: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26; Tuesday, April 30; and Tuesday, June 18 (plant auction). May 21 is a members-only banquet. Like us on Facebook! Guests are always welcome to attend.

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Belly Dancing for Fun & Fitness at the Library

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Saturday, March 30, 11am Try something new in health literacy at Mount Pleasant Library with Belly Dancing for Fun & Fitness at the Library on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. Please pre-register, space is limited 724-547-3850. Led by Daynelle Sanner, of Find Your Fire Fitness.

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Sunday Salon

Sunday, March 31, 6 pm. The library welcomes a variety of artists and authors to share their works. Short stories and poems will be presented, artwork will also be on displayed by a variety of artists.

Our March artist is Mary Raneri featuring her “Sentimental Journeys”

Art, food, drinks, join us for a Sunday Salon. This is a 21 and over event. Cost is $5 for non Library Association members, 3 for members.

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80th Birthday Planning volunteers, Tea & Hawthorne

Monday, April 1, 2019, 6 p.m. Join the volunteers of the Library’s 80th Birthday Planning Committee to finalize plans for the April 5 “Dinner with Nathaniel Hawthorne” at 6 p.m. and the first pre-Mother’s Day “Tea at the Library” on Sunday, May 5, at noon. New members welcome!
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Book BINGO 

Tuesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. Book BINGO at the Mt. Pleasant Center for Active Adults, 424 Washington St., where the prizes will be the winners’ choice of books, DVDs, audio books, magazines, puzzles, or other goodies! Held monthly at the Senior Center each first Tuesday of the month. Open to the public for those age 50 and older. We’ve been getting record setting attendance at this event, it’s a great time!
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Six Weeks of Sign Language for Everyone – Tuesdays, at 6 p.m., April 2, 9, 23, and May 7, 21, and 28. Free at the library, but space is limited. Learn 10 American Sign Language signs each week. Even toddlers can learn sign language to communicate. Please pre-register 724-547-3850.

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Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:30 pm. Open to the public. Volunteers for library committees needed! THIS is where one should go FOR THE FACTS about the library’s budget and strategic plan!

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Dinner with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank

Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. If you enjoyed our Dinner in the Stacks with Edgar Allan Poe last fall, meet and dine with Nathaniel Hawthorne! Enjoy dinner, dessert, adult beverages and a visit from this author, portrayed by Rob Velella, in the library in a fine dining setting. Tickets will be sold online and at the library fro $25. Association members receive $20 discounted tickets but they must be purchased at the library. Must buy tickets in advance, no sales at the door. Benefits the library to celebrate our 80th Birthday.
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Spring Fling Vendor Show

Sunday, April 7. 1-5 pm.  The first fundraiser of its kind to be hosted in the Mount Pleasant Public Library. Purchase your $5 advance ticket to peruse vendors from across the area. Your favorite brands will be there, along with Chinese Auction baskets, baked goods for sale, fabulous door prizes and much more.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Proceeds benefit  literacy and children’s programs.

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Gentle Chair Yoga

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Monday, April 8. 6 pm. Classes are free but donations of up to $5 are welcome. No mats are required for Hatha yoga, a gentle yoga with emphasis on stretching, breathing and mindfulness. Attendees are welcome to bring and use mats. Healthcare professional and yoga instructor Joan Siwula of Scottdale will teach the classes.

Attendees may bring mats. $5 donation. Classes also held on Monday, April 8, and Thursday, May 9, also at 6 p.m.

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Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library

Monday, April 8, 6 pm, The Friends volunteer their time and talents to raise money for children’s literacy and programs. They fund the annual Summer Reading activities and provide money each month toward the library’s state-mandated purchase of books/ebooks/audiobooks/DVDs, to help maintain a vibrant collection. In 2018, they sponsored a series of successful adult computer classes taught by the YWCA. The group meets the second Monday of each month and new members are welcome!

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Tuesdays With Morrie: Classical Encounters

Tuesday, April 9, 16, 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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When spring cleaning, please consider donating your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, puzzles, games, and yearbooks to the Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library’s spring “Used Book Super Sale.” Held, during National Library Month, the event benefits children’s programs and literacy. Begins April 13 with bag sales on Saturday, April 20 and 27.

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LEGO Club

Saturday, April 20, 2 pm. All-ages LEGO Club meets for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math  (STEM) skills play monthly. Bring your own LEGOs or dive into our immense collection. Thanks to Miss Kristy Frohlinger’s 5th Graders at Ramsay Elementary for helping at our club!

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Monthly Book Club

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. Those participating in this book club session may purchase $10 tickets to “Alzheimer’s Stories” a Westmoreland Choral Society concert at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 10, a $5 savings.
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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. 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 Mt. Pleasant Public Library. Meetings are normally held at 7 PM 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.

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Tea at the Library FUNraiser

May 5, 1 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m. Don your fancy hats (optional) and join us for a special pre-Mothers Day tea in the library! The menu includes fruit cups, homemade tea breads, scones, pasta salad, and at least four kinds of fancy finger sandwiches. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the library. Discounted tickets of $20 for Association Members can be purchased at the library. Enjoy a Roaring 20s presentation by a local historian and a video of the library’s rich history created by our friends at the Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society. Tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. Benefits the library’s 80th Birthday celebration.
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Meet the Author: Richard Gazarik

Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m. Meet the author Richard Gazarik as he discusses his new book “Wicked Pittsburgh” Journalist Walter Liggett dubbed Pittsburgh the “Metropolis of Corruption” in 1930 when he reported the city had more vice per square foot than New York, Detroit, Cleveland or Boston. Decades earlier, the Magee-Flinn political machine ruled public officials, and crooked police helped racketeers protect brothels and gambling dens. Mayor (later Governor) David Lawrence was indicted several times for graft but acquitted each time. Even Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. colluded with gangsters, according to FBI reports. Join author Richard Gazarik as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City.

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“Girls’ Day out – DIY SPA”

May 2019, 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.