WPL NEWS 100 Borough Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15236 Phone 412-882-6622 Fax 412-882-9556 Automated Renewals 412-622-1895 w w w . w h i t e h a l l p u b l i c l i b r a r y. o r g w h i t e h a l l @ e i n e t wo r k . n e t The community resource for education, exploration, enrichment and enjoyment. JAN/FEB 2015 Revised Library Hours Monday - Thursday 9 - 9 PM Friday 1 - 5 PM Saturday 9 - 5 PM Sunday - 12 - 4PM Matinee in the Cafe! Fridays @ 1:15 PM Stop by our Cafe and join other adults to watch DVDs movies. Space limited. FREE - No registration required. Jan 16: Gone Girl Jan 23: Elsa & Fred Jan 30: The Judge Feb 6: Hector and the Search for Happiness Feb 13: Laggies Feb 20: The Homesman Feb 27: Whiplash Preschool STEAM Workshops Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 / 4:00-5:00 p.m. Each workshop is a hands-on class for preschoolers ages 3-6, which explores science, engineering, technology and mathematical concepts through picture and non-fiction books, games and related hands on activities. Preschool STEAM emphasizes interactivity and children will explore, make predictions and provide feedback about our topics. The workshops include: Color Science, BeeBots Robotics, Sink or Float, and the Three Little Pigs Engineering Class. Online registration is required. PROGRAMS and SERVICES BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS AARP TAX HELP — are held on the following days each month: MONDAYS ONLY | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Beginning Feb 2 Evening Book Discussion Meets on the third Thursday @ 7:00 PM AARP volunteers will give free tax preparation and assistance to low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 or older on a first come, first served basis. [No appointments will be taken.] JAN 15 - I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb FEB 19 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Mystery Lovers Book Discussion Meets on the last Thursday @ 10:30 AM JAN 29 - Killing Floor by Lee Child You will need to bring the following documents with you: Copy of previous year tax return W-2 forms from each employer All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-MISC. etc.) If you receive Social Security, bring Form SSA-1099 If you receive a pension or annuity bring those 1099R Forms All forms indicating you paid taxes Social Security numbers for all dependents Tax forms and preparation booklets you receive in the mail FEB 26 - Live By Night by Dennis Lehane Cookbook Club @ 1:00 PM / FEB 18 << ATTENTION! - PLEASE READ >> Club members will discuss and sample recipes they will make from selected cookbooks at the monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. No registration required. Due to 2015 IRS budget cuts, the Library will no longer receive any of the Federal tax forms or instruction booklets that we’ve provided in the past. You can obtain copies of Instructions by: Creative Writing Group @ 10 AM - Group meets on — IRS.gov/Forms - to view and download — IRS.gov/orderforms - to order tax products to be delivered by mail — 1-800-829-3676 - to order tax products to be delivered by mail the first Saturday of each month in our Cafe. Sessions are informal opportunities to practice writing techniques and share work with others. No registration required We apologize for the inconvenience, but the circumstances are beyond our control. If you cannot find the forms you are looking for, you may ask for assistance in the Library. NOTE: There will be a .10/page printing fee for any forms printed in the Library. A Film Group at Whitehall Library SATURDAY JAN 31 and FEB 28 @ 10:30 AM Monday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 & 23 @ 1:00 PM Are you a movie buff? A film fella? Join the book club devoted to turning that masterpiece into a piece of cake! A flick chick? Each free film screening is accompanied by refreshments as well as an optional discussion following the feature for those who wish to dish on all things movies! FREE - no registration required. Jan 12 - The Hudsucker Proxy | Jan 26 - The Straight Story Capital Letters! The New Pen Pal Project at Whitehall Public Library We started the new year with an old activity – the art of correspondence! There’s nothing quite like getting a letter. When reading the words that someone has chosen for you, you know that person better than if you had liked his Facebook post or shared her tweet. Join us as we endeavor to connect our patrons, one letter at a time. Whether you’ve written to friends for decades or never once put pen to paper, now is the time to add one more person to your list of friends. Here’s how it works! 1. Write a letter of any length and of any kind. It can be: informal or confessional; funny or even in rhyme! Tell a humorous story or share a poignant memory. 2. Submit it to our Mail Box 3. We’ll pair you with another patron and then hand you a letter on a future library visit! You need not disclose your address or personal information. And the best part? No postage! So get enveloped at your library! Write on! For Adults — FREE - See our display for further details. We’ll tackle another classic work each month to tease out its meaning and discuss whether the work "works" and if it deserves its place on history’s highest shelf. So join now --and get classy! JAN & FEB selection: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray TEENS & TWEENS Club Otaku/Teen Anime Club - Mondays at 5:00 PM Our club is a meeting place for anime and manga fans to relax with friends, watch anime, read manga, and share fan -fiction and fan-art. Join us! Book Brigade Wednesday, January 28 & February 25 / 6:00-7:00 PM Students entering 4th-6th grade are invited to read books, play games, and eat pizza! Kids can pick up the current book at the front desk. Questions? Contact Denise at 412-882-6622 or by email at email@example.com PROGRAMS and SERVICES Children’s Corner Family Nights - Monday Nights @ 7:00 PM Children of all ages are invited to our weekly activity night and watch for special guests. Toddler, Preschool and Book Babies Storytimes Join us for stories, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Pre-School (ages 4-6): Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM Toddlers (ages 2½-4): Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM Book Babies (ages 0-2): Thursdays @ 11:00 AM Registration is not required. “Libraries are not made; they grow.” Augustine Birrell Coming soon… The Friends of the Whitehall Public Library 2015 letter of appeal! Please give generously to the Friends of the Library. Donations go directly to the Library and we count on your annual gift to support our mission as the Community Resource for Education, Exploration, Enrichment and Enjoyment. HOMESCHOOLERS @ THE LIBRARY Matching Gift Programs Thursdays @ 1:00 PM February 5 & 12, March 12, April 2, May 14 Increase the impact of your gift! One of the easiest ways to get the most from your library donation is through a matching employer contribution. A corporate matching gift increases the value of your contribution at no additional cost to you, and many local employers will match your donation to The Friends of the Whitehall Public Library. We are counting on you, as it is the responsibility of the employee to designate The Friends as a corporate-matching recipient! Each session will focus on different homeschool enrichment activities. The programs run approximately 45 minutes to one hour and are geared for ages 6 through 12. Younger children are welcome to attend and participate as they are able. We will also provide toys and a separate play space for little ones. Online registration is required. Snowy Day Activities - Saturdays 1:00-2:00 PM Online registration required Please check with your Human Resources Department for eligibility information and further details on how to initiate a matching gift. Amazon Smile January 24 - Can't get enough of Disney’s Frozen? Bring your costume & singing voice and join us for stories, a craft and snack. We'll be singing songs from the soundtrack. Attention amazon shoppers! If you shop on Amazon.com consider supporting the Friends of the Whitehall Library by shopping through smile.amazon.com January 31 - Winter is for the birds! Feed your winter friends and make a bird feeder wreath or garland. We will read wintry stories and have a snack. Simply go to the Website, and then select the Friends of the Whitehall Library as your designated charitable organization. The Amazon Smile Foundation will then direct 0.5% from all eligible sales to the Friends. It’s that simple! Teddy Bear Sleep Over: Fri/Feb 6 @ 6:30 & Sat/Feb 7 Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed friend for some silly stories, special craft and bedtime snack. Just your stuffed animal will stay for the sleepover! Return to the library on Saturday, February 7th between 10-11:00 a.m. to pick up your special friend. Enjoy juice and donuts and see all of the fun photos from the night before. Online registration is required. Almazing Magic Show! Saturday, February 14 @ 1:00 PM Celebrate Valentine's Day with some Almazing Magic! This interactive magic show has lots of audience participation and is fun for the whole family. Registration required for this family program. Dinosaur Lego Library Takeover! February 21 / 11:00-1:00 PM (Drop in Prehistoric Lego Play) Create scenes with dinosaurs and Lego's! We provide the dinosaurs and Lego's and you provide the imagination. Library Services 3 WAYS TO RENEW: 1. From the library's web site, click on MY ACCOUNT and follow the instructions 2. 412-622-1895 - Call the Automated Phone Renewal at the bottom of your DATE DUE slip 3. 412-882-6622 - Call when the library is open for staff assistance ---------------------------------------------------------------------------BOOKS ON WHEELS This service is for any Whitehall resident, regardless of age, who cannot come to the Library. Dedicated volunteers will deliver items to your home. For additional information, please call 412-882-6622 and ask for Brandon. Second Chapter Café - There are many activities within our café. Pick up a calendar at the library, the library kiosk inside the Caste Village mall, or online. Friday movies @ 1:15pm. WPL TECH TALK! - Informational Sessions, Tech Help, and Tips Tech Open House Special — Post-Holiday Session Saturday, January 10 from 1-3pm | Second Chapter Cafe — Did you get a new eReader, tablet, or iPad over the holidays? — Do you have questions about how to use it? Bring in your new gadgets and get hands-on help from our teen tech gurus! Instructional sessions for your electronic devices FREE - Online registration is required / Space is limited Bring your fully charged device and power cord to the library. Borrowing eBooks on your Kindle eReader Saturday, January 17 Wednesday, January 28 Saturday, February 21 10:30 - noon 7:00 - 8:30 pm 10:30 - noon Come in to learn how to borrow ebooks on your Kindle eReader (includes Kindle Touch, Paperwhite, etc; does NOT include Kindle Fire). This session provides step by step instructions on how to use the Overdrive site and Amazon.com to download ebooks or audiobooks to your device. Library Apps for your Tablet Saturday, January 24 Tuesday, February 10 Saturday, February 28 10:30 - noon 7:00 - 8:30 pm 10:30 - noon This will be an informational session on library apps available for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. These apps include Zinio, Freegal and Overdrive. With these apps you will be able to borrow magazines, music, movies and more, all from the comfort of your home and all free with your library card. Come learn about these apps and how to download and use them on your device. Borrowing eBooks on your Tablet Saturday, January 10 Saturday, February 7 Saturday, February 14 10:30 - noon 10:30 - noon 10:30 - noon Come in to learn how to borrow ebooks on your Tablet (e.g., iPad, Surface Pro, Galaxy, Kindle Fire, etc). Overdrive is a free library app that allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks, all from the comfort of your home and free with your library card. Come learn about Overdrive and how to download and use it on your device. The Library is here to meet your technology needs and answer your questions! Check out this new Tech Talk portion of the newsletter to stay up to date on our latest technology classes and help sessions. We’ll also feature some of our favorite e-resources. Don’t be afraid to give technology a try; we’re here to help you and you’ll be amazed at what you can discover @ your library. There’s an App for that… learn more! Hoopla is a digital media service that lets you stream or borrow music, movies, TV shows and audiobooks. Titles are always available, so you’ll never have to wait on a reserve list. You can borrow up to ten titles per month; movies and TV shows for three days, music for one week and audiobooks for three weeks. Mobile apps are available for both Apple and Android devices so you can take your tunes and shows with you wherever you go. Freegal is a free music service from which you can download up to five songs weekly for your personal digital music library; once downloaded, these songs are yours and they’re always available. Choose from millions of songs, from over 28,000 music labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment. Apps are available for both Apple and Android devices. Zinio is the world's largest digital newsstand, offering full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Browse from the library's collection of popular titles with no cost, no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. TECHNOLOGY HELP (by appointment only) If you have specific computer or device related questions, you may schedule a 30 minute one-on-one assistance session with a knowledgeable staff member. To set up your session, call the library at 412-882-6622. NOTE: We can not diagnose or troubleshoot any problems on your home computer system or laptop. Ways to support the library. Donations / Memorials / And More... MEMORIALS & HONORARIUMS - Are you looking for a unique and meaningful way to honor someone, or to commemorate a special event, such as a Memorial, Birthday, Holiday, Special Anniversary, Graduation or Baptism? Please consider donating to the Whitehall Public Library. Call 412-882-6622 for more information or download a donation brochure from our website. UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTIONS - You can designate all or part of your United Way contributions to the Whitehall Public Library. Simply use donor code 2875. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will be used for equipment, programming, furniture, or the collection for the library and its many users. BOOK SALE - The Library will accept donations of used books, audio books, music CDs, videos, DVDs, puzzles and games on a year round basis. Please bring them in during regular library hours. Plus, be sure to check out our ongoing book sale inside the library. RECYCLING - During regular operating hours, please bring in your empty toner cartridges (printers / copiers / fax machines) and we'll recycle them in exchange for much needed library supplies; like paper, pens and other office necessities.
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