Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 2019 Library News

If you have any questions about adult programs, please contact
 Amanda Neeley by calling 412-655-2424 or email:

Special Events:

Book Talk with Dr. Aupperle - Friday, January 18 @ 10:30 AM
Join Dr. John Aupperle in the Library's program room for a presentation on Betty Ford by Lisa McCubbin.
Registration not required. 

Meet the Mayor - Thursday, January 24 @ 7PM
Pleasant Hills Mayor, William Trimbath, will return for another meet & greet session in the library program room. Come with your questions and/or compliments and join in an informal discussion about your community.  Light refreshments provided.  Registration not required. 

Paint and Sip Night - Saturday, January 26 @ 7 PM
Come alone or bring a friend as we recreate a beautiful painting following step-by-step instructions from instructor, Melissa Jusko.  The cost is $30 per person which includes all material (except apron to keep you clean). This event is BYOB - bring your favorite wine and the library will provide light refreshments.  
Preregistration required and payments due by Tuesday, January 22.  Sign up in person at the library front desk, call 412-655-2424, or email neeleya@

Puzzle Day: January 29 from 11AM – 3PM
Did you know Tuesday, January 29 is National Puzzle Day? To celebrate, we will have a variety of puzzles set out for your enjoyment in the reading area of the library, including jigsaw and crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and Rubiks Cubes. So stop in and try out your solving talents.

*New for 2019* Monthly Adult Programs:

Rise and Shine Library Time: starts Thursday, January 10 @ 9 AM
If you are a patron who is 60 +, the library is open an hour earlier just for you on the second Thursday of each month. Come and enjoy coffee, donuts and all the regular services offered at the library, without the hustle and bustle of the noisy crowd. 

We Are All Neighbors Potluck Program - Starts Thursday, January 10 @ 6 PM

Come and enjoy a potluck dinner at the library! We ask everyone sho attends to bring a dish that relates to a monthly theme, along with the recipe to share. Enjoy a meal in good company, and get some new ideas to try at home.  The library will provide beverages, buns, and plates & cutlery. Plan to bring your dish in a crockpot to keep it warm if necessary.
January's theme - Soup, for National Soup Month. Please Register, and provide your soup selection. 

"Prime" Time - Monday, January 14 from 1-3 PM
Join us each month for a special showing of an  Amazon Prime Original Movie or Documentary. 
January's selection will be Last Flag Flying, starrring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.

"BYOB" (Bring Your Own Book) Club: Friday, January 25 @ 11 AM
Do you love discussing books you read, but don't have time to keep with monthly book club selections? Join our new Bring Your Own Book discussion group, held the fourth Friday of the month.  Just drip in to share some snacks, enjoy good company, and chat about what you've been reading. No special preparation required!

Grown Up Gaming- Monday, January 28 from 11-1 PM
Join us for a new monthly program, open to ages 18 and older. Come and play some of your favorite board and card games in the library program room. Scrabble, anyone?

Adult Programs:

Ukulele Club - Thursdays in January from from 1-3
All levels welcome!  Bring your own ukulele and a smile!

Conversation Salon - Friday, January 4 from 1-3 PM
Enjoy good conversation, meet new people, and try to solve some of the world's problems through pleasant discussion.  Newcomers always welcome for this monthly program.  Feel free to bring a friend!

Mystery and Mayhem Book Club - Monday, January 7 @ 1 PM
Everyone Welcome!  This months book selection is The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens

The Scribe's Sanctuary: A Writer's Group - Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30 PM
Group offers support and encouragement to writers in all genre and writing levels. Newcomers always welcome!

Keep Calm and Color On: An Adult Coloring Club: Wednesday, January 9 @ 2 PM 
Everyone Welcome! Group meets monthly. Coloring books and colored pencils are supplied, but bring your own if you prefer.  Please register as space is limited. 

UnWind: A Knitting and Crocheting Group: Wednesdays, January 9 & 23 @ 7 PM 
Learn basic knitting and crocheting skills or come and work on your current project with likeminded friends. Suggested supply list is available at the Library front desk. Everyone Welcome! 

New Movies at Noon: Friday, January 11 @ Noon 
Join us select Fridays at Noon in the Library program room as we show a newer release DVD.  Bring your own bagged lunch to eat during the movie, and we will provide the popcorn and drinks. The movie selection this month is What They Had (rated R ), with Hilary Swank and Blythe Danner. 

Yoga with Miss Tammy: Saturday’s January 12 & 26 @ 11 AM 
This very welcoming and positive 60 minute class will introduce you to the common poses practiced in yoga. All Levels Welcome!   $5 per class - Registration is necessary due to limited space.  Maximum of 12 students per class. You can GUARANTEE your spot by paying in advance at the Library Front Desk. You can also pay that day as long as space it available. 

Evening Book Discussion Group: Monday, January 28 @ 7 PM 
Join the fun! Group meets monthly, in the library program room. 
This months selection is: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. 
Copies of the monthly book selection are available for check out at the front desk.

Monday, December 17, 2018

At Pleasant Hills Public Library, 
we strive to meet community needs and interests 
when planning programs and events. 

Your suggestions and opinions are so important to us! 
That's why we are hoping you can spare five minutes to let us know 
what we can do to enhance our adult programming.  

Thank you for your time!  
We look forward to reading your responses.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Holiday Reading Raffle

Do you love to read? 
Do you love to win prizes?

  Enter for a chance to win - going on now through Dec. 18th

Here’s how it works

Read (or listen to) a book
fill out a Book Review form (available in the library)
return the form in exchange for a raffle ticket
deposit your raffle ticket in the box near the front desk.

For Adult Patrons Only. 
Winning ticket will be pulled Wednesday, December 19.

Visit the online Events Calendar to see everything 
that's happening here at the Pleasant Hills Public Library! 

Events Calendar

December Special Events and Programs

Open Mic Night

Tuesday, December 11 from 6-8 PM

Read it, speak it, and own it at Pleasant Hills Public Library’s second Open Mic Night for Writers. 
Come with a short piece or poem (maximum of 5 minutes in length) to share with an audience.  
Or simply join us just to listen to works that may be meeting others’ ears for the first time.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please register if presenting

New Movies at Noon

Fridays at Noon in the Library program room 
Join us as we show a newer release DVD.  Bring your own bagged lunch to eat during the movie. 
We'll provide the drinks and popcorn.

Movie Schedule:

Dec. 14 - Crazy Rich Asians 
Dec. 28 - Dog Days (with Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Longoria)

  Slow Flow Yoga With Miss Tammy

 Saturday, December  22 @ 11 AM

This very welcoming and positive 60 minute class will introduce you to the common poses practiced in yoga. All Levels Welcome! Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.
 $5 per class - Registration is necessary due to limited space.
Classes will begin again in 2019 (check back later for exact dates)

Holiday Music in the Library

Thursday, December 20 from 2-3 PM 
Come in from the cold and enjoy some holiday favorites performed by the Ukulele Club, along with free refreshments and a hot beverage bar. 

This free concert will be held in the library program room. 
All ages welcome!

To find out more about these events or to register, please contact 
Amanda Neeley  * or  *  412-655-2424.   

Monday, November 5, 2018

International Cooking Contest 

Wednesday November 7 from 7-8 PM in the Program Room

Do you love to make your grandmother's perfect pierogies or the family's famous falafel recipe?

If so, prepare you best cultural specialties that show off your heritage and cooking creativity and enter our International Cooking Contest!

Registration Required.

Open to all ages and experience levels.

Bring your family and friends to sample free food!

CONTACT: Amanda Neeley  412-655-2424

Please be sure to read the contest rules:

  • Upon registration, please list what prepared dish you will be bringing. 
  • All food entries should be made at home, by the participant (if it’s a group effort, please register as such). 
  • All entries should be fully prepared and ready to serve upon arrival to the library. Please label what the dish is and have the creative description to display and copies of the recipe with it. 
  • All participants are responsible for providing their own serving utensils and paper products (library will provide eating utensils). 
  • Plugs are available in the program room for hot plates and crock pots if needed to keep food warm during the tasting. Just let the organizer know if you need to have access to electricity. 
  • There should be enough servings for at least 12 people to taste and judge each food entry. 
  • Judging will be on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest score in each category. 
  • The judging categories are Appearance (which should be determined before tastings begin), Aroma (is the smell appealing, does it add to the desire of wanting to taste it), Uniqueness (based on the creative description of why you chose the dish combined with what the actual dish is), and Taste. 
  • Score cards will be provided for each attendee who wishes to participate in judging the food. The cards will then be collected and added up after each dish is tasted and scored. 
  • The dish with the highest overall score is the winner. Second and third place will be calculated and awarded as well.  
Disclaimer: Organizer reserves the right to modify judging methodology based on the number of participants. This includes suggested serving size per taster and organization of how tastings occur.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

It's almost here - 

The Pleasant Hills Library Annual 
Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Get your tickets today!  All proceeds benefit the Pleasant Hills Library

This year's event is happening on November 10 from 7-9:30 PM
featuring a variety of wines, mead and cider from KingView Mead

Also enjoy appetizers from Vocelli's, live music courtesy of TJ Arts, 
Basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, and more!

Tickets $30 ($40 at the Door)
Purchase tickets online  or right at the Library front desk.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October Events, Programs, and News for Adults!

Happy Fall!
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There is lots going on at the library this fall!  

Visit the online Event Calendar to see everything that is scheduled in the coming weeks:

 A Few Special Events and Programs:

 * New Movies at Noon: Select Fridays @ Noon
Bring your own lunch and join us in the program room for a showing of a newer release DVD. Movie will start right at noon.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Oct. 12 (Adrift, PG-13) & Oct. 26 (Ocean's 8, PG-13)
Nov. 9 (Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, PG-13) & Nov. 30 (Destination Wedding, R)
Dec. 14 (Crazy Rich Asians, PG-13) & Dec. 28 (Dog Days, PG)

(Dec. 28th, feel free to bring the kids when they are off school for the holidays).

*Beekeeping with John Crist: Tuesday,  October 23 from 6:30-8p.m. Join us as we welcome guest speaker, John Crist, for an exciting introduction to beekeeping! Come and learn about hives, beekeeping tools, why we need bees, and what it means to be a beekeeper, plus complimentary honey sampling.

                                              This program is free and intended for adults and teens.                                                Honey will be avaiable for purchase after the presentation.
Please Register by calling 412-655-2424 or email

*Maker Mondays - last Monday of the month @ 10:30 a.m
A $5 fee will be collected at the start of each session to cover the cost of supplies.
October 29 - small pumpkin floral centerpiece
November 26 - winter luminary 

*International Cooking Contest - Wednesday, November 7 @ 7 p.m.
Prepare you best cultural specialties that show off your heritage and cooking creativity and enter our International Cooking Contest!
Bring your cooked entry (enough for 12+ people), a creative description of why you chose your dish, and ten copies of the recipe to share with fellow food enthusiasts. 
Registration Required.  Open to all ages and experience levels.
Entries will be judged by each attendee, based on taste, aroma, and personal preference.  
Invite your family and friends to attend and sample free food!

* Annual Wine Tasting Fundaiser - Saturday, November 10 from 7-9:30 PM

"A Night Of Royal Revelry" 
Enjoy Wine, Mead and Cider samplings from KingView Mead (located in Pleasant Hills, Pa), along with appetizers, desserts, live music, Chinese auction and more!
Tickets are $30 each ($40 at the door), available to purchase  in the library or online:
Wine Tasting Tickets via Pay Pal.
All proceeds benefit Pleasant Hills Public Library.  Must be 21+ to attend.  

*Kindness Rocks - Tuesday November 13 @ 4 PM

Celebrate World Kindness Day by painting your very own kindness rock, to take and hide wherever you please! 
Open to all ages
           Please register by visiting the Library, calling 412-655-2424, or email

*Book Talks with Dr. Aupperle - Friday, November 16 @ 10:30 am

This months book talk will be on:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

September Programs, Events, and News for Adults

This September, 

show YOUR Library some LOVE!

September is LOVE YOUR LIBRARY month! Thanks to the generous support of the Jack Buncher Foundation, donations made to PLEASANT HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY throughout the month of September will be MATCHED! This September, libraries across Allegheny County are inviting residents to participate in a special fundraising collaboration to show their Library some LOVE by supporting and investing in their libraries. 
Please donate by check, cash, or online through the Library’s website:

September is also National Library Card Sign Up Month! 
Children signing up for their first library card will receive a fun goody bag! 
Stop at the front desk to learn more!
There is plenty going on at the Library this month.

Visit the online Events Calendar to see everything that's happening here at the Pleasant Hills Public Library: 

Upcoming Special Events and Programs:

  • Fall Wise Walk Begins
Wednesday September 5 - November 7th .
The first meeting on Sept. 5 will start at 9a.m. 
at the Library.  Each time after, plan to meet at 
9:30 a.m at the Children's Playground in South Park.
Please Register

  • Love You Library BINGO "FUN"-raiser
Thursday, September 13 from 6-7:30
Only 50 cents per game, per card, per person.
Snacks will be available for purchase. Please Register.

  • Love Your Library Mini Golf "FUN"-rasier
Friday September 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Play mini golf after hours in the library! Registration required - sign up in the Library.  Staggered tee times will be scheduled.  Tickets are $7 for each player
( $4 per child ages 3-10)

  • Book Talks with Dr. Aupperle
Friday, September 21@ 10:30 a.m. 
This months book talk selection will be on
Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World
By Eileen McNamar

  •  Maker Mondays
Last Monday of each moth @ 10:30 a.m.
September 24th - Fall Wreath
$5 donation to cover the cost of supplies
Please Register by Wednesday Sept. 19th

Tickets Now On Sale

Library Wine Tasting Fundraiser   
Wine Tasting 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7-9:30 p.m.
 Annual Wine Tasting Event...
Featuring a variety of wines, mead and cider from KingView Mead.
Also enjoy appetizers from Vocelli's,
live music courtesy of TJ Arts,
Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, and more!
Tickets $30 in Advance - $35 at the Door
or purchase tickets at the Library
Proceeds benefit Pleasant Hills Public Library