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 as well as old eye glasses for the Mt. Pleasant Twp. Lions Club. Book, DVD, audio book, puzzles, and yearbook donations are welcome anytime.

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Book Club

Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. Librarian and local author Barbara Miller will lead the book club discussion. Light refreshments, compliments of Barb and group members.

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Gentle Chair Yoga 2X/month

Monday, May 21, 6 p.m. We 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. June dates are Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. and Monday, June 18 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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Instrument Petting Zoo

Wednesday, May 23, 1:30 p.m. –To kick off our summer reading program theme, “Libraries Rock/Music,” we will have a special Instrument Petting Zoo with the Westmoreland Symphony musicians during Mrs. Rose’s Story Time. See and hear a variety of musical instruments, take a look at some up close and even play a few yourself. Best for kids entering grades K-6. No registration is required.

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Belly Dancing with Daynelle Sanner

Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m. Meet fitness guru Daynelle Sanner, of Find Your Fire Fitness (grand opening May 26), to learn about belly dancing, which can be a great fitness tool. Daynelle will talk about the history of this dance, demonstrate simple movements and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be tempted to try it too? We’re building up to our Summer Reading Program theme of “Libraries Rock/Music” with some eclectic life-long learning opportunities! Please pre-register.

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Flag Dedication Ceremony

Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. The American Legion Post 446 will hold a Flag Dedication Ceremony at the library at 9 a.m., before the community parade. The library will be closed for the holiday.

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Music Movie with Morrie

Thursday, May 31, noon. Morrie Brand, of the Westmoreland Symphony, will host a pizza party to watch this popular 1984 movie that explores the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Pizza will be provided. Donations are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Morrie Brand is an instructor and current Academy of Music director. He is also a former professional musician and composer, and was a college music instructor for more than ten years before becoming an arts manager.

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Game Club!

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 4, 6 p.m. Join the Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library for a picnic at Bridgeport United Methodist Church pavilion.  If you haven’t signed up and you would like to attend, please call Marlene at 724-547-6312. New members welcome! Open to men and women age 18 and above who support children’s programming and literacy. The group meets the FIRST MONDAY of each month at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 6, 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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The Mole that Loved Rock and Roll – Summer Reading Program

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Wednesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m. Stage Right performs “The Mole that Loved to Rock and Roll.” Mole has rock and roll in his soul but he is afraid to perform for others. Can he save his friend Pig’s talent show? 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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Monthly board meeting 

Wednesday, June 6, 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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Gentle Chair Yoga twice each month

Thursday, June 7, 10 a.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. June dates are Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. and Monday, June 18 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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The Mines of HC Frick 

June 9, 1-3 p.m. The final installment of “The Mines of HC Frick.” Free program to collect oral histories and bring artifacts to share with the group. Led by historian and author Cassandra Vivian.

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Book BINGO – NEW!

Wednesday, June 13, 10:30-11:30. A new outreach program, hosted by the library staff and volunteers at the Mount Pleasant Senior Center. 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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WWII Soldiers’ Sketches, Lost Then Found

June 14, 6-8 p.m.  Elizabeth Black, a member of the local Red Cross Clubmobile brigade, drew nearly 1,000 charcoal portraits of WW II soldiers throughout Europe. See the WQED documentary about her and learn how how about 100 of her original portraits were eventually returned to soldiers and their families. $5 per person, includes dessert and beverages. Hosted by The Friends of Mount Pleasant Public Library on our new large-screen TV. Guests must pre-register. The sketch shown hangs in the Connellsville Canteen.

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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. Must pre-register. Four sessions of six people each will be held to celebrate the anniversary of the first Harry Potter novel being published.

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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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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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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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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, time & location to be announced.  Watch for location and details. We sold out when Ken  Serfass appeared as General Grant in 2017. Pre-registration is required. Musicians from Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra  will perform live period music before President Grant’s talk.

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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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