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Earth Day recycling challenge! How many printer cartridges and old phones can we recycle before Earth Day on April 22? The drop box is located in our entryway.

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Book Super Sale continues

April 16-21 (closed Fridays) during regular hours. Saturday April 21 is a bag sale where shoppers can fill a bag for some great buys! Thanks to all those who donated books this time!

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Gentle Chair Yoga twice each month

Monday, April 16, 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. beginning in April. May dates are Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m. and Monday, May 21 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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Death Cafe

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 HELD AT MANDI LYNN’S CAFE. Do you have questions about the end of life that you were always afraid to ask?  Do you worry if you have everything planned the way it should be? Do you think about how to talk to your family about your wishes?  This event is for you!

We all have questions about dying and death that many of us are afraid to ask. So we are gathering together to share the wisdom of our community in a safe environment that will allow you to ask your questions and share your thoughts without feeling awkward (or stupid!). We will also have some experts on hand who help you to understand the practical and spiritual aspects of the end of life. We will provide tea/coffee and cake.

FREE event provided by Mandi Lynn’s, Mount Pleasant Public Library and Reunion Presbyterian Church. This is an open community discussion, not a grief support group.

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Classical Encounters

April 19 & 26 at 11 a.m.  It’s not too late to join us for part 3 of this 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. It explores the four basic periods of classical music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. Advanced registration is required.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing the various style periods and learning terminologies that improve on’e knowledge and appreciate for what is happening in the music. The goal is to have the listener be more comfortable when listening to classical music. 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 underwrote this program, so it is free.

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Build your own Blue Bird Boxes!

April 21 @ 10 a.m., FREE FAMILY FUN!  Includes an AMAZING presentation on Bluebirds by the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania!

RSVP ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/VVkz5L97uwUVvI9k2
LIMIT TO 35 SPOTS (last year it sold out), REGISTER TODAY!

Come celebrate Earth Day! Work with us to build and create your OWN bluebird box for future backyard bird and nature adventures! Activities will include bird stories, songs and more!

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Meet the Author: Rebecca Drake

Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. Rebecca Drake’s latest novel “Just Between Us” follows four friends from suburban Sewickley, Pa., who conspire to cover up a deadly crime. She is a Penn State grad and an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of “Crazy Love You,” calls it “A twisty, compelling, and harrowing thriller that will hook and leave you breathless from the first to the final page.” Rebecca Drake also wrote “Only Ever You: A Novel” in 2016, “The Dead Place” in 2008, and “Don’t Be Afraid” in 2006. Please pre-register.

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Book Club

Monday, April 30th, 6:30 p.m. Librarian and local author Barbara Miller will lead the book club discussion. Light refreshments, compliments of Barb and group members. Pick up this month’s read, “When the Killing’s Done,” by T.C. Boyle.

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Wednesday, May 2, 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, May 2, 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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Game Club!

Saturday, May 5, 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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Cookbook Club

Saturday, May 5, 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: Cinco de Mayo/Mexican. The library provides coffee and table settings. Call the library to RSVP, just to help us with planning.

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Friends of the Library meeting

Monday, May 7, 6 p.m. Join the Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library to plan events and discuss how to help support children’s literacy in our community. The annual Book and Craft Super Sale was held in April. New members welcome! Open to men and women age 18 and above. The group meets the FIRST MONDAY of each month at 6 p.m.

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Book BINGO

Wednesday, May 9, 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 or puzzles! We hope to hold this event every second Wednesday at the Senior Center.

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AARP Smart Driver Course 

Saturday, May 12 & May 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fine-tune your driving skills for a discount on your insurance. The award-winning course is held in two, four-hour sessions of classroom instruction for drivers 55 and older who have not taken a senior driving class in the last three years. You’ll learn evidence-based, safe driving strategies; new traffic laws and rules of the road; and proper maintenance tips to make driving safer. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable at the start of class by cash or check. Must pre-register at 724-547-3850 or mountpleasant@WLNonline.org.

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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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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. 

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