Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

Beginning September 13, the Library will be open on Sundays from 12-3 p.m.

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: CLOSED Through Labor Day

Adult Program

Adult Program Schedule

All programs are FREE. No registration is necessary.

August 2015

Local Author Susan Mathews: Baby Boomers' ABCs
August 11, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Hello, Baby Boomers! Don't let anyone call you a senior citizen! You're still a baby and part of a very special generation with 76,000,000 other boomers who were born between 1946 and 1964. Do you remember sitting in front of your black and white TV, staring at the test pattern and waiting for the Howdy Doody Show or Mickey Mouse Club to come on? Did you rush home from school and change into your play clothes so you could go outside and ride your bike, play ball, or practice your hula hoop? Then you probably grew up in the '50s! Did you play your 45s over and over on your record player? Was Dick Clark's American Bandstand the place you learned the latest dances? Do you remember where you were when you learned that President Kennedy had been assassinated, or watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? Did you know someone who served in Vietnam? Then you grew up in the '60s! Baby Boomers' ABCs: the '50s and '60s by Susan L. Mathews is for all ages and generations. This delightful and humorous book will bring back many nostalgic memories for those who experienced the '50s and '60s, and show others how groovy life was way back then.

Author Susan L. Mathews is a retired elementary teacher in the East Allegheny School District and has been a resident of Monroeville for the past 28 years. Baby Boomers' ABCs is her first book.

Canine Body Language
August 24, Monday
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they're feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information.

Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to "read" dogs' postures and signals, you’ll better understand their feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what they are likely to do. These skills will enable you to interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety.

Recommended for pet parents, babysitters, kennel employees, dog-walkers, pet-sitters, UPS drivers, mail carriers and anyone who wants to understand more about dogs. No dogs permitted.

September 2015

Making the Kindest Cut: Tools and Techniques for Pruning Woody Plants
September 15, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by the Garden Club of Monroeville

The pruning of woody plants is both an art and a science. Please join Steve Piskor, Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardener and Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalist, for a presentation on the "why-how-where-when" of pruning the major woody shrubs and trees found in most home gardens and the pruning tools commonly used.

Steve Piskor is a retired nuclear research chemist with a B.S., M.S. and doctoral studies in chemistry. Steve is a popular speaker and has contributed articles on various gardening topics to the Master Gardeners Tips website at since 2012.

My Fabulous Journey to Astounding Antarctica: The Last and Final Frontier
September 16, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Dr. Leelavati Murthy will present a stunning slideshow of a once-in-a-lifetime scientific journey to the earth’s last and final frontier, aboard the expedition ship Corinthian, to study life as it exists in Antarctica, the largest continent. This voyage featured an accomplished scientific expedition team, led by seasoned expedition leaders consisting of expert multi-disciplinary scientists, naturalists, ecologists, conservationists and environmentalists who discussed the unique features of this awe-inspiring land.

Wild life in Antarctica is unique and different from the rest of the earth. Albatrosses and petrels are seen whirling across the expedition ship. Humpback and minke whales swim in the Antarctic waters. Shore landings included visits to 10,000-strong penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, elephant seal colonies and operational scientific research stations. The expedition ship included experienced and knowledgeable experts on Antarctica’s bird, sea and land life.

Dr. Leelavati Murthy is a Professor of Biology at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus in Monroeville. For the past twelve years at CCAC, Dr. Murthy has taught courses in Biology -- the study of life on this earth including wildlife, the evolution of species on different continents, speciation and extinction of species due to loss of habitat, global warming, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, climate change, animal behavior, biogeochemical cycles, environmental factors affecting human and wildlife health and the impact of human activities on the earth’s environment.

Please do not audio/videorecord or take pictures of this slideshow presentation since the slides are protected by copyright laws.

Soul Line Dance Class
September 21, Monday
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!

All Things Job Search
September 23, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Are you currently engaged in a job search? Is it getting you interviews? Are you getting job offers? If not, come learn how to run an effective job search! From writing that resume to landing the job, career transition specialist Dale Gold will explain the four phases of a job search and how to navigate each one.

Questions to be addressed include: Is my resume good enough? Are cover letters necessary? Why does my resume seem to fall into a black hole when I apply for jobs online? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, or wondered what networking and LinkedIn are really all about, this seminar is for you.

With insights gained from over 15 years of experience in the human resources field, Dale will discuss interview preparation, implementation and follow up -- and give you added confidence for your next interview!

Dale is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business, Human Resources Management with a minor field of study in Communications, Training and Development. She holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Preparing Healthy, Plant-Based Meals
September 29, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Sally Lipsky, Ph.D will present practical information on how to shop for and prepare simple, delicious, and healthy plant-based meals. The presentation will include:

  • description and examples of plant-based meals
  • tips for shopping and stocking your kitchen
  • cooking suggestions, with a focus on ease and convenience
  • debunking myths and misinformation
  • resources for recipes and meal plans
  • time for questions and discussion

Sally Lipsky has a Ph.D in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a nationally recognized nutrition education program offered through eCornell, a subsidiary of Cornell University.

Ready, Write, Resume! How to Write Resumes for Today's Employers
September 30, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Do you know what today's employers are looking for in resumes? Do you know how to write to their needs? Did you know that you may need to write your resume differently to be successful with recruiters or head hunters? You CAN write your own resume that meets these needs -- and this seminar will help you do just that. Dale Gold, Career Transition Specialist and President of Resources of Gold, will share with you in this seminar how to write an effective resume to increase your chances of getting into the "Yes" pile on recruiters' desks for the jobs you want.

Should you have one resume or several resumes? Should you include a cover letter when sending a resume? Should you follow up on resumes you send out? How do I increase my chances of getting noticed by the hiring manager? There are many things to consider in sending resumes for job opportunities. In this seminar, we will discuss how to write the resume, practice writing parts of the resume and discuss how to increase your chances of getting your resume into the "Yes" pile so that you are more frequently contacted for job interviews.

Dale is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business, Human Resources Management with a minor field of study in Communications, Training and Development. She holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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