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100 Borough Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone 412-882-6622
Fax 412-882-9556
Automated Renewals 412-622-1895
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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.
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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:
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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 ignaskyd@einetwork.net
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.