From the Frank Sarris Public Library

August 29, 2017
Trivia Night of the Round Tables – fun, food and friendly competition. - Courtesy Frank Sarris Public Library

Ongoing Events

Story Time – Monday through Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 18.

Programs for children 9 months to 5 years old are offered during the school year to promote early literacy skills. Check our website calendar for days and times appropriate for your child, call the children’s desk, or email Miss Barb at

Adult Education Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.

Do you need your high school equivalency diploma? Join us at the library to improve reading, writing or math skills; prepare for your GED or HiSET; build skills to attend a postsecondary program or get help with resumes and cover letters for your job search. These free adult education classes are provided by Intermediate Unit 1 and held at the library. Call 724-938-3241 ext. 414 to schedule an orientation appointment.

Lego Club – Mondays, 5-6 p.m.

Children in grades K-8 collaborate with other Master Builders on their own designs or special building challenges.

Spanish Story Time – Tuesday mornings at 11:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 19.

Preschool children can join Ms. Noreen for story time favorites – stories and songs – in Spanish. Children will also have fun learning common Spanish words. Email questions to Ms. Noreen at

Adult English as a Second Language Class – Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA offers free, confidential, one-on-one and small group tutoring for adults who need English as a second language instruction. These weekly classes are offered at the library. For more information, call the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA at 724-228-6188.

Family Night – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 19.

Come join the fun at our all-ages evening story hour with stories, games and activities to share. Please check our website’s Event Calendar for weekly themes.

Little Picassos – Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 20.

Children ages 3-4 years old along with their fun loving adult can join Miss Barb at the library to do a craft with messy things like glitter, glue, water, paints, etc. Dress appropriately to get messy!

Table Top Gaming – Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.

With more than 20 games to choose from, we invite you and your friends to stop by and play a few! We have classics like Monopoly, Scrabble and Catan, along with popular newcomers like Pandemic, Small World and Betrayal at House on the Hill. If you can’t make this organized playing time, feel free to stop by anytime to play.

Knitting & Crocheting – Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Bring your current project and join the knitting group each week.

Wiggles and Giggles – Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 21.

This is a motion class for 2-5-year-olds. We will be moving and dancing for 35-40 minutes, so no sitting! Email questions to Ms. Barb at

Popcorn & a Movie – Saturdays at noon.

Join us weekly in the Teen Lounge for some free hot, buttered popcorn while taking in a movie on the big screen. Check our website’s Event Calendar for titles.

Book Bites

Adults, join us as we discuss a book selected by the book club members. Stop by the adult circulation desk to pick up your copy. New members are welcome! Call the library or check the Event Calendar on our website for more information.

Of Dice and Men Roleplaying Games – Saturdays, 2 p.m.

Weekly, tabletop, roleplaying gaming sessions; we play a variety of games, most notably Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu. For Teens and adults; newcomers should come an hour early to set up characters for play.

Computer Instruction

How do I set up an email account? How do I perform a search on the internet? How do I connect with friends and family on Facebook? How do I download an eBook? If these questions sound familiar or you’ve had similar questions, let us help you get started.  Designated library staff will provide one-on-one computer help by appointment only. We will have a computer available for the appointment, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop or device. Call the library at 724-745-1308 for more information or to sign up for an appointment.

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us each month as we discuss a book selected by the book club members. New members are welcome! Call the library or check the Event Calendar on our website for more information.

Page Turners (High School Students) Book Club

Do you enjoy getting lost in a good book and staying up late just to read one more chapter? If you answered yes, join us for the Page Turners next book club meeting. New members are welcome. Call the library or check the Event Calendar on our website for more information.

Teen Writers’ Club

Are you a student in grades 7-12 who enjoys writing? Whether you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, short stories or more, stop by our next meeting to meet like-minded teens. We’ll write, share and support each other through the creative process. Check our website’s Event Calendar for the next meeting date and time or email questions to Beth Kairush, Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at

Upcoming Events

Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23

Vegas at the Library, 1-3 p.m.

Senior citizens may scratch that Vegas itch with a less costly trip to your library. Win prizes playing casino-like games while enjoying light refreshments.

Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16

Senior Game Day, 1-3 p.m.

Senior citizens may join us at the library for an afternoon of games. You can test your skills at corn hole and shuffleboard and match wits in a friendly family feud competition. Play games, win prizes and enjoy light refreshments in the company of other fun loving people.

Sept. 23

Capture the Flag, 5-7:30 p.m.

Students in grades 7-12 may join us for a game of capture the flag at Cecil Park where two teams will compete for the glory! Registration is required, space is limited and there is a 16-player minimum to hold this event. Deadline to register is Sept. 20. There is a $10 entry fee payable at registration. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Washington Area Humane Society. Pizza and drinks will be provided after the game. Please contact Beth Kairush, Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at 724-745-1308 for more information.

Oct. 2

Teen Advisory Board, 6-7 p.m.

Students in grades 7-12 meet monthly to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. Planned activities can be fun, educational, or service related, and they can be for anyone of any age. If you are a student who is interested in making a difference in your community, stop by the meeting or call Beth Kairush, Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at 724-745-1308 for more information.

Oct. 21

Trivia Night at the Round Tables, 6:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for something new and fun to do, grab some friends and pool your knowledge together at our after-hours trivia competition. Teams will compete for a cash first prize answering questions from different categories. We’ll have snacks and drinks to satisfy your hunger while our questions challenge your brains. The fee is $5/person. Registration is required and space is limited. Please contact Beth Kairush, Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at 724-745-1308 for more information.

Oct. 28

Halloween Bash 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pre-school and elementary-aged children and their fun loving adults – join us for a boo-nanza of Halloween activities! This event is free and no registration is required. More information about this spooktacular event to follow on our website’s Event Calendar.

More from Your Library

Accelerated Reader

Canon-McMillan students can earn Accelerated Reading points at the library. We have a computer reserved in the Children’s Department exclusively for testing.

Ancestry Resources

Come to the library to take advantage of our subscription to and get started researching your family tree – you can search billions of census, immigration, military records and more.
Art on Display in the

Athena Sarris Gallery

Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers. Visit our website to see what is currently on display. If you’re an artist interested in displaying your work in this venue, please visit our website or stop in to get an application.

Comics Plus

Through the library’s website, Frank Sarris Public Library cardholders can access thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Patrons have anytime, anywhere access with web-connected devices such as tablets, PCs and smartphones. There is no limit on the number of titles that can be checked out, and the titles are always available, with no holds or waiting periods.

Continuing Education from Universal Class

Check out Typing and Keyboarding 101, Introduction to Gardening, Interview Skills and the other 500+ continuing education courses available at no cost through our website – all you need is a library card.

Digital Magazines from Zinio

The Frank Sarris Public Library is the only location in the area to provide this resource, and we offer a selection of more than 40 titles, including National Geographic, Readers Digest, Newsweek and Food Network Magazine.

Gently Used Books for Sale

Our used book sale is ongoing and new titles are being added all the time. You can replenish your bookshelves for just $5 per bag.


Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and Read-Along eBooks anytime, anywhere – all you need is your library card. Use your smartphone, tablet or computer to enjoy one of the 1,700+ titles in the WAGGIN collection.

Young Explorer Kits

Thanks to the Grable Foundation’s generous funding of the Young Library Explorers program, we now have a total of 69 kits for infants, toddlers and elementary school aged (through fourth grade) children. Samples of our themes include: shapes, STEM, measurement and dinosaurs. These themed kits are filled with age-appropriate educational toys and other materials, and they are available to borrow. Stop by the Children’s Circulation desk to borrow a kit.

For a complete listing of events, please visit, or call 724-745-1308.



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