Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
412-372-0500

 

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

Adult Program

Adult Program Schedule

All programs are FREE. No registration is necessary.

February 2015

The Face of Lincoln
February 25, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Please join us for a free public screening of The Face of Lincoln, a 1955 short documentary film in which sculptor Robert Merrell Gage models the features of Abraham Lincoln while narrating the story of Lincoln's life. It won an Academy Award at the 28th Academy Awards in 1956 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel) and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. The film was directed by Edward Freed and produced by University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts instructor Wilber T. Blume. Local historian Louis Chandler of the Monroeville Historical Society describes The Face of Lincoln as "a fabulous film -- one you have to see to believe: how a talented sculptor can bring history alive." Mr. Chandler will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience.

Calliope Folk Song Night
February 26, Thursday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

All ages are welcome at this informal gathering of people who want to sing together and share songs, brought to you by Calliope, Pittsburgh's Folk Music Society. Since 1976, Calliope has been a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts.

Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective: Artistic Bookmaking Demonstration
February 28, Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Gallery Space of Monroeville Public Library is currently hosting an exhibition of artistic, hand-made books created by members of the Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective. This exhibit will run through March 1, 2015 and is free and open to the public during library hours. Some pieces of artwork are for sale and a portion of all sales will help to support the Library.

On Saturday, February 28 members of the Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective will be conducting an informal demonstration of simple book structures. The artists will answer questions and have resources available for your perusal. If you wish you can try a book structure and come away with your own creation! This isnít a formal lecture -- just a chance to pop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to learn about artistic books and bookmaking and perhaps pique your interest in further study. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

March 2015

Digital Photography 101
March 4, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by Premier Imaging

John Kendelhardt, a local, award-winning photographer with years of experience, will present an introductory level class on digital photography covering all the basics:

* How the digital camera works
* How to take great digital photos
* Transferring and uploading photos
* Printing and sharing photos

Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime
March 10, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Lucky Charms is an anthology of twelve crime fiction short stories written and published by the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter of Sisters in Crime, Inc. Please join several of the authors of Lucky Charms as they discuss the synthesis of the anthology: how it was conceived and created, how the various authors approached their stories, and the experience of creating the anthology. The authors present will include Annette Dashofy, Martha Reed, Paula A. Smith, Susan Thibadeau, Gina Sestak, and Mary Sutton.

The mission of Sisters in Crime is to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries.

Seven Families of Old Patton Township: Their Lives and Stories
March 11, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by the Monroeville Historical Society.

The character and values of the early families of old Patton Township continue to influence our emerging American culture. Who were they? The families featured in this presentation have names that are familiar to those who live and work in Monroeville: Johnston, Miers, McGinley, Monroe, Haymaker, Thompson and Urick.

The presentation uses historic photographs taken from the archives of the Monroeville Historical Society and brought to life by first person accounts -- history "in the words of those who lived it." Together, these photographs and stories reflect life in our community over many decades and generations. They will be presented by Louis Chandler, Ph.D., a retired University of Pittsburgh professor and local historian. Mr. Chandler is the author of numerous books on the history of Monroeville and Pitcairn, including the 2013 book A History of Patton Township (Monroeville and Pitcairn).

Medicare Educational Seminar
March 16, Monday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Valda Braziel, Medicare Advisor with Highmark Senior Markets, will present an educational seminar suited for Medicare-eligible individuals or anyone confused by Medicare coverage options. Topics include what Original Medicare includes and excludes, your options for additional coverage, and important facts on eligibility and enrollment periods. Understanding Medicare is the first step in making the right choice for your insurance coverage. This event is only for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared.

Let's Talk Medical Ethics
March 17, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Medical care is an important topic for everyone, but most of us know very little about the ethical guidelines that direct that care. Using this year's One Book One Community book, Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, field experts Sarah Stockey and Jason Byron will share information and answer questions about medical ethics training and implementation in hospitals and during emergencies. The discussion will also include end-of-life directive options and how to effectively express your medical care wishes.

Soul Line Dance Class
March 18, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Join instructor Phyllis Jackson for a soul line dance class in the Gallery Space. Instruction will be given on several of the most popular line dances, including the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Detroit Shuffle, Michael Jackson Shuffle, Wobble, Slide On, Ms. Jody's Thang and more. Bring a few friends and learn some new dances!

How to Start an Exercise Program
March 20, Friday
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Come and learn how to start an exercise program! Hallie Zeleznik of UPMC Centers for Rehab Services will discuss selecting a program that best suits your needs, making progress with resistance and aerobic activities, and monitoring your heart rate and perceived rate of exertion.

Hallie Zeleznik earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York and is currently working toward a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University. She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Physical Therapy. Hallie has experience in treating patients with stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and balance and vestibular disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has presented at multiple professional conferences locally and nationally.

An Intervention into the Colony Collapse: The Plight of the Humble Bee
March 24, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by the Garden Club of Monroeville.

Angela McDonnell presents facts and figures about the honeybees that started dying off at unusually and mysteriously high rates worldwide during the past decade. Scientists have labeled this phenomenon "colony collapse disorder" and looked at many possible causes. Honeybees add at least $15 billion in crop value through pollination in the U.S. alone, and if colony losses continue, these pollination demands may not be met and crops could wither. To protect the U.S. food supply, Penn State Master Gardeners and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania recommend easy and reasonable steps that everyone should take to protect honeybees and provide habitat for the non-stinging, native mason bees that are even more efficient pollinators than the honeybee.

Angela McDonnell is a retired R.N. who went from nurturing people to nurturing plants. She became a Penn State Master Gardener upon retiring from an administrator position in a 150-bed personal care facility. She is the President of Weeders and Seeders Garden Club in Ligonier and continues to serve on various committees. Angela was Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania District VI Director and GCFP Awards Chair in 2011-2013.

April 2015

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
April 21, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Edgar Allan Poe rises for this FREE reading at the Monroeville Public Library. Poe, portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, will read a combination of Poe's well-known and lesser-known works with a special emphasis on poems in honor of National Poetry Month. Poe will also explain his reasons for writing the way he did and take questions from those in attendance. Photographs welcome.

Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. Nicknamed the "Prometheus of American literary scholarship," he has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has dramatically brought to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on National Public Radio and in the Los Angeles Review of Books.


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