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Avella Public Library

P.O. Box 547 Avella, PA 15312 Phone: 724-587-5688 Email: aaplib@hky.com


Bentleyville Public Library

931 Main St. Bentleyville, PA 15314 Phone: 724-239-5122


Family Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The evening will include story time, gingerbread houses and games. Call the library to register.


Christmas party for all ages will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. There will be stories, crafts and a treat.


Friends of Bentleyville Public Library are sponsoring a raffle for a 47-inch LED, LG, 3D Smart TV and 3D Blu-ray player. Tickets are $3, and the winning number will play off the first official drawing of the Dec. 19 Pennsylvania evening lottery. Tickets are available at the library.


The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.


Bowlby Library

311 N. West St. Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone: 724-627-9776 Email: evakbowlby@ windstream.net Website: www.evakbowlby .org


Holiday open house sponsored by Friends of Bowlby Public Library will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The open house will feature a cookie walk/cookie raffle. Cookies are $3 per dozen in a box container or $5 per dozen in a Christmas tin provided by the Friends. Pictures with Santa also will be available. Cost is $10 for two 5-by-7 photos. Holiday story time will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be holiday stories, crafts and snacks. Raffle tickets for a cookie basket and children’s basket are available. Tickets are $1 each. All proceeds from cookie sales will benefit the library.


After Hours Christmas Pajama Party will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. A holiday movie will be shown, and there will be cookies and milk, games, seasonal crafts and activities. Call the library to register.


The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.


Burgettstown Library

2 Kerr St. Burgettstown, PA 15021 Phone: 724-947-9780 Email: burglib@cobweb.net Website: www.burglibrary.org


Tai Chi adult classes are held at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $10 per session.


Kindle and light raffle is under way. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Drawing is Dec. 11. Tickets can be purchased at the circulation desk.


Open house and memorial service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. There will be music, refreshments and activities highlighting the Memorial Angel Tree. White clay angel ornaments upon which the names and dates of loved ones will be written are being sold for $5 at the circulation desk. The ornaments will be used to decorate the holiday tree. Top summer readers from the children’s summer reading program also will be recognized.


Holiday raffle fundraiser is under way. Tickets are $10 tickets and can be purchased at the library and from board members. Winning numbers will be based on the Pennsylvania Lottery Evening drawing Monday through Friday. All prizes are valued at more than $500.


California Public Library

100 Wood St. California, PA 15419 Phone: 724-938-2907 Website: www.calpublib.org


Chartiers-Houston Library

730 W. Grant St. Houston, PA 15342 Phone: 724-745-4300 Website: www.chartiers


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Citizens Library

55 S. College St. Washington, PA 15301 Phone: 724-222-2400 FAX: 724-225-7303


Teen Book Swap will begin at 4 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room.


Family holiday program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Children’s Department. There will be holiday-themed games and crafts. Call the Children’s Department by Friday to register.


Lunch with Friends will be held at noon Dec. 11. Guy Tucci will provide holiday music. Lunch is available for $5.


Hobbit movie release party for sixth- through 12th-graders will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. There will be tea and snacks, a Smaug the Dragon craft and Dwarf-inspired games. One participant will win a ticket to see the movie.


Make Your Own Jewelry program for sixth- through 12th-graders will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 18. Registration is required.


Book of the month is “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich.


CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


The library will offer free classes on how to use a tablet or eReader with OverDrive from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 15 and 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 and 17. Private appointments also are available. Call the library to register.


Donora Public Library

510 Meldon Ave. Donora, PA 15033 Phone: 724-379-7940


Flenniken Public Library

102 E. George St. Carmichaels, PA 15320 Phone: 724-966-5263 FAX: 724-966-9511 Website: www.flenniken.org


Frank Sarris Public Library

35 N. Jefferson Ave. Canonsburg, PA 15317 Phone: 724-745-1308 Website: www.franksarrislibrary.org


Author Janice Lane Palko will discuss her new book, “St. Anne’s Day,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday. A book sale and signing will follow. Call the library to register.


FYI: Elder Fraud and Scams will be presented by Gwenn S. Karr of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call the library to register.


Mystery Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. “The Hearse You Came In On” by Tim Cockey will be discussed.


Board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11.


Friends of the Library will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 19. New members are welcome. Applications are available at the first-floor circulation desk.


Frayed Knots meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Fredericktown Area Library

P.O. Box 625 Fredericktown, PA 15333 Phone: 724-377-0017 Email: fredpl@atlanticbbn.net Website: www.fredpublib.org


Book Buddies will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Riviera Restaurant for a holiday get-together and ornament exchange. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins will be discussed.


Accelerated Reader Book Club for fourth- through sixth-graders will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. “Wild Wings” by Gill Lewis will be discussed. There will be snacks and other activities.


Monthly preschool story hour begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and will be held Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.


Friends of the Library will not meet in December. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 16.


The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.


Make-It Family Night will not be held in December.


Greene County Library System

P.O. Box 274 Jefferson, PA 15344 Email: gcls@alltel.net Website: www.greenecolib.org


The library offers two reading centers:


— Thomas Hughes House, 107 Hatfield St., Jefferson, 724-883-2107. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.


— Jackson Township, 102 Tunnel Road, Holbrook, 724-499-5428. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.


Heritage Public Library

52 Fourth St. McDonald, PA 15057 Phone: 724-926-8400 FAX: 724-926-4686 Email: heritagelibrary @comcast.net Website: www.heritage publib.org


Meet a Veteran will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Book discussion group will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. “Promise Me” by Harlan Coben will be discussed.


Kid Keeping will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15. While parents go Christmas shopping or wrap presents, children will make a Christmas craft, decorate cookies and be entertained. The program will be supervised by adults who have their clearances. Suggested donation is $20. Call the library for details.


Weight Watchers group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays.


The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31 and Jan. 1.


Marianna Public Library

247 Jefferson Ave. Marianna, PA 15345 Phone: 724-267-3888 Email: mclib@roadlynx.net Website: www.mariannalibrary.org


813 W. Main St. Monongahela, PA 15063 Phone: 724-258-5409


Popsicle stick manger scene craft for children will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The craft will not take the full two hours, but the materials and instructions will be available during that time. Registration is required by Thursday to ensure

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Peters Township Library

616 E. McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Phone: 724-941-9430 Website: www.ptlibrary.org


Poetry in Public Speech: An Afternoon with Dr. Samuel Hazo will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays.


Tree-lighting ceremony and holiday party will begin at 6 p.m. today. There will be caroling, refreshments, visit from Santa and holiday crafts for children. Songs and stories with Miss Shannon will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 18. Register in the Children’s Department.


Couponing Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 18.


Holiday music will be presented by the Trinity United Methodist Church bell choir from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Refreshments will be served.


Online banking class will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $5, and registration is not complete until payment is received.


Homeschoolers’ group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 12. While parents swap their ideas, children will participate in a librarian-led enrichment class. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.


No Tune Left Behind Anti-Bullying Concert will be performed by a band composed of McMurray Elementary teachers Raymond Cygrymus, David Difilippo, John Lovett and Stephen McGough from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Included in their repertoire will be their original hit, “Bully on the Bus.”


Edible holiday treats class will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Register in the Children’s Department.


The Dark Knight Rises will be shown from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the teen room.


Hobbit party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be riddles, fold dancing, a chainmail keychain craft and food. Bring a covered dish if interested. Register in the Children’s Department.


Family ornament night will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 Dec. 11. Register in the Children’s Department.


Discussion and demonstration of various software products that can be useful in digital photography will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 11. Cost is $5, and registration is not complete until payment is received.


World War II discussion group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Call to register.


Evening Book Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 Dec. 12. “The Magic Ordinary Days” by Anne Howard Creel will be discussed.


Girls’ Book Club for fourth- through sixth-graders will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10.


Polar Express Night will be held from 6 to 7 Wednesday. There will be several activities that relate to the story, and the movie will be shown. Wear your pajamas. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Register in the Children’s Department.


Laughter Club will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.


Culinary Creations will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16. All supplies will be provided.


Santa Paws 2: Santa Pups will be shown from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Dec. 18.


Afternoon Book Club for Adults will meet from 1 to 2:30 Dec. 19. This will be a planning meeting.


Fans of Fantasy Book Club for students in fourth- through eighth-grade will meet from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 19. “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini will be discussed. The movie will be shown from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.


Beading Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Registration is required.


Sharpie Tie-Dye T-shirts will be held from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 20. Bring a white shirt, socks, pillow case or other article of clothing to tie-dye. Other materials will be provided. Registration is required.


Holiday movie marathon will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Hot cocoa and holiday treats will be provided. Registration is required.


Holiday gift-wrapping party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23.


The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.


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