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BOOK CLUBS & DISCUSSION GROUPS


CREATE A NOVEL ART PROJECT WORKSHOP - March 7 at 1:00 pm

Novel Art necklace

Create wearable art made from recycled books. Create rolled paper beads and items from homemade paper clay. Decoupage a picture frame or jewelry box.

Artist, Andrew Thornton (co-owner and Creative Director of Allegory Gallery in Ligonier) will be conducting a technique-based workshop at the Ligonier Valley Library on Saturday, March 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required. The cost for the workshop is $10 for materials. Payment is requested at the time of registration at the Ligonier Valley Library.  Class size is limited.

For more information visit the NOVEL ART page....


CHILDREN'S CHESS TOURNAMENT - March 14, beginning at 10:30 am

The Ligonier Valley Library is now accepting registrations for a children's chess tournament to be held Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10:30 am.

Children in grade eight and under who live in the Ligonier Valley School District are invited to compete for trophies in the junior (grade 4 and under) and senior (grade 5, 6, 7, and 8) divisions.

Chess set

Participants must register by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 pm.

Participants should bring a bag lunch, however, a morning snack will be provided by the library. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own chess set.

Chess champion Ed Surma will officiate the five-game, round-robin play. First and second place winners of each division will be invited to participate in the Westmoreland County System Chess Tournament finals on Saturday, March 28, at the County System Center in Greensburg.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, stop at the library or phone 724-238-6451.

Visit the KIDS' CORNER for additional information on this and other programs.


GENEALOGY FORUM - March 24 at 6:30 pm

Staff will demonstrate how to use the new Viewscan equipment and digitized version of The Ligonier Echo. They will also give an update on records available on Ancestry.com.

For more on GENEALOGY FORUM visit the web page....


WAITING FOR JACOB - MARCH 25 AT 7:00 PM

Dr. Edwin Hogan will discuss his book, Waiting for Jacob, based on a collection of Civil War letters written by Col. Jacob W. Greenawalt of South Huntingdon Township to his fiancée, then wife, the former Rebecca McGrew of Sewickley Township.

Waiting for Jacob is the product of six years of research. A trip to gather new information about two of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, Gettysburg and the Battle of the Wilderness, turned into a personal journey of discovery for the Smithton dentist who has devoted over three decades to learning about the Civil War. In 1994, Hogan was contacted by a woman who asked if he would be interested in reading some war letters written by her uncle Jacob Greenawalt to his wife Rebecca. The letters give a powerful insight into love and war through writings that were secretly tucked away for 61 years. book jacket photo

The program is free and open to the general public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


A SEAFARER'S DECODING OF THE IRISH SYMBOLS - APRIL 8 AT 7:00 PM

book jacket photo The secrets of the symbols etched in the stones of Ireland have remained one of the world's most intriguing ancient mysteries - until now! Never before have these enigmatic designs been systematically analyzed to reveal a symbolic language of astounding import. In his newly published book, symbolist Donald J. McMahon unlocks the megalithic secrets of the Emerald Isle.

Our featured speaker is Don McMahon, a long time resident of Ligonier working in specialty metals and an avid sailor. The inspiration for his book came from many visits to Ireland where the tour guides said the symbols were whatever you wish them to be. No longer can this be said.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase.


VICTORIOUS! FROM HOMETOWN AMERICA TO TOKYO BAY, 1941-1945 - APRIL 15 AT 7:00 PM

Victorious! From Hometown America to Tokyo Bay, 1941-1945 is the latest publication from the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies.

book jacket photo The work contains 38 personal accounts of Western Pennsylvania residents who served the US during WWII, both on the European and Pacific fields of battle and the homefront. Anyone with an interest in local history and in the history of World War II will enjoy this informative book talk. The presentation is free and open to the general public.

Copes of the book will be for sale ($28) at the program.


DAY OF GIVING - MAY 5

To coincide with the national "Give Local America Day," the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County announces its "Day of Giving" for 2015.

Watch for more information and a link to donate from our webpage!


LET'S BOOK! RETURNS - MAY 7 TO JULY 9, THURSDAY MORNING WALKS AT 9:30 AM

Our popular reading and walking program returns in May for a new 10-week session. Let's Book! encourages people to read and to walk every day for optimal health of the mind and body. You can join our weekly walks or just walk on your own. Group walks will be held every Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will be approximately one hour in length. Participants can walk at their own pace and are not required to complete the entire one-hour walk.

Everyone is encouraged to keep a log of the number of minutes they spend reading and walking each day. Log sheets will be available at the library. The goal is to read and walk at least 100 minutes per week throughout the 10-week program.

For more information visit the LET'S BOOK page!


DORIS MULLAN MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT - MAY 7 TO JUNE 5

EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION - MAY 7 AT 7:00 PM

A photography show to honor the memory of Doris B. Mullan will be on display in the library's exhibit hallway outside the Pennsylvania Room from May 7 through June 5. Doris was a world traveler who captured on film the wonders of her journeys, focusing on the sites and animals she loved.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 7:00 pm.

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2015 BOOK CLUBS & DISCUSSION GROUPS

DEATH IN THE STACKS : MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - February 27 at 11:45 am

The book selection is Taken By Kathleen George. A child is taken in broad daylight in a crowded shopping area in downtown Pittsburgh. Marina Benedict, first saw the baby with his mother. Then, just minutes later, she saw him again, in the arms of a man she was certain was not the child's father. What happens next plunges her into a mystery that is both heartbreaking and chilling.

TITLES AND TEA BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP - March 25 at 3:00 pm

The book selection is Girls of Atomic City : the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT : A COOKBOOK CLUB - March 30 at 6:00 pm

The selected cookbook is AARTI PAARTI: an American Kitchen with an Indian Soul by Aarti Sequeira. This collection of recipes makes cooking with traditional Indian and Middle Eastern flavors easy and fun for American cooks. The recipes use traditional Indian spices in everyday American dishes.


For more activities and happenings at Ligonier Valley Library, check out these links:

BOOK GROUPS EVENTS & PROGRAMS
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