Northland Public Library's December 2019 News/Programs/Events

NORTHLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS & EVENTS DECEMBER 2019


Northland Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Northland will be closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

ADULT SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
Registration is required for these adult programs. You may register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.
 
VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

Do you know when the first Christmas card was sent or why many people keep a bucket of water handy when they lit their Christmas trees? Join staff from The Frick as they explore the origins of these and many other Victorian holiday traditions. Registration is required.
 
WINTER MELTING POT(LUCK)
Monday, December 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join members of the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh, Temple Ohav Shalom, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and our own Indian cook Ann Manchella as we celebrate the cultures and religions that make up our community.
Food will be served during the event. If you are interested in bringing a snack to share, please email
colemank2@einetwork.net. No unapproved outside food will be allowed. Registration is required.
 
WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!
Northland's goal is to enable lifelong learning, and our programs play an important part in offering learning opportunities to our adult patrons. From book groups and educational sessions to hands on workshops, we want to offer chances for you to have fun while learning something new. To do that, we need your feedback! Let us know what programs you've loved or what you wish we offered here at the library. Fill out our survey on our Northland Upstairs Facebook page or stop by the Ask a Librarian desk for your chance to win an Amazon gift card while helping us decide the future of our adult programs!"
 
AARP TAX PREP CHANGES
The Library will once again be partnering with the AARP to offer tax prep for senior citizens and low-income residents. The Library will host the AARP on Tuesdays and Thursdays February 4 through April 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will not take walk-ins. You must call State Senator Lindsey Williams' office at 412-364-0469 to book an appointment. They will begin taking appointments on January 15, 2020 for the entire tax season.
 
CABIN FEVER ADULT WINTER READING CLUB for 2020
January 2 – February 28

As winter settles in and it gets colder outside, you might feel the need to escape to a warmer climate or read a “hot” romance book. If printed books are not your thing, try out an audio book or a book on a Nook (or any such device).  Join us for another year of Cabin Fever, our Winter Reading Program.  Starting January 2, stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk and pick up your reading log.  Check out the new categories and find out what prizes you can win.
 
NEW ONGOING PROGRAM ESL CONVERSATION GROUP IN 2020!
Third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Are you interested in practicing your English in a safe, caring environment? Join us for our ESL Conversation Group, starting January 21, 2020. Tutors from Literacy Pittsburgh along with staff from the library will help you work on and improve your English conversation skills! No registration is required.

ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS & DISCUSSIONS
FILM SERIES:

FOREIGN FILM: (Drama from France) Wednesday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m.
In order to get a head in a household with three wives, 14-year-old May must give birth to a son. When May is pregnant, she starts feeling some of the power, but she also starts finding out what real love is and the complications that follow. No registration required. Refreshments will be served.

TRAVEL FILM: Corsica, Wednesday, December 18 at 2 p.m.
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean that is part of France.  It is also the birthplace of Napoleon.  Corsica has many picturesque towns such as Bonifacio and Sartene. It is also world famous for its outdoor activities and sports. No registration required. Refreshments will be served.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS:

NONFICTION AT NORTHLAND - Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Upcoming: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

 
READINGS IN ALTERNATIVE EVERYTHING - Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand
 
BOOKED FOR LUNCH - Friday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Upcoming: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK GROUP - Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Watching Three Days of the Condor movie
Upcoming: In a Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

SERIOUS READERS BOOK GROUP – Saturday, December 28 at 11 a.m. in the Board Room
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
 
ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

CRAFT CONNECTION – Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m.We’ll materials and suggest some crafts to try, or feel free to bring along a project of your own!
 
COOKING CLUB - Monday, December 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Explore traditional dishes, experiment with new recipes and recreate favorites.
 
NORTHLAND KNITTERS – Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. (Holiday Party)
Come work on your project, share tips and patterns with knit and crochet enthusiasts of all skill levels.
 
CONVERSATION SALON – Friday, December 13 at 2 p.m.
Come and meet friends and neighbors as we engage in informal chats, any topic is acceptable.
 
AFTER HOURS BOARD GAMING – Friday, December 13 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
We'll have staff on hand to run one shot RPG games and teach some of our newest board games. Light refreshments provided.
 
COME WRITE IN –Not Meeting in December
 
CHESS FOR ADULTS – Saturday, December 21 from 9:30 a.m. - noon
Pick up some tips and techniques and enjoy the company of others who love the game.
 
NORTH HILLS GENEALOGISTS – Not Meeting in December

ONGOING CHILDREN, TEEN & FAMILY PROGRAMS & STORYTIMES
Registration is required for some programs as noted. You may register online, in person at the children’s and teen’s services desk or call 412-366-8100, extension 123.
 
KINDERGARTEN READINESS STATION
Every Day in the Children’s room
Get ready for kindergarten with an activity to use in the library and one to take home with you. Activities change every week or so. Ask for this week’s activity at the Children & Teen Services Desk.

 
STEM STORYTIME
Mondays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. until December 16

Join us in the Children’s Picture Book area on Mondays for STEM Storytime. Children ages 3-6 are invited to enjoy stories, songs, games, experiments/demonstrations, and an activity related to the day’s Science-Technology-Engineering-Math theme. No registration is required.
 
CRAFTY ELF WORKSHOP
Monday, December 2
Two sessions: 10:30 – 11:30 OR 1:30 – 2:30

Our annual holiday crafting event for elves 5 years old and up! Make ornaments to decorate your space or give as gifts. $1.00 materials fee (per crafter) payable at the door. No registration necessary, just drop by and craft some fun.
 
MOTHER GOOSE BABYTIME
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
December 3 and 10

Babies (UP TO 12 MONTHS) and a grown-up companion can join us for songs, rhymes, tickles, parachute fun, and bubbles. This 20-minute baby-centered storytime ends with a chance for babies and grown-ups to socialize! No registration required.
 
LET'S HAVE FUN WITH STEM!
Tuesday, December 3 from 5-6 p.m.

Children in first through fourth grades will explore each area of STEM. Join us to learn about Math this month. Registration is required.
 
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME!
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
December 4, 11 and 18

Children ages 3 to 5 and can come on down to the Library for a 30-minute storytime. Children can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and rhythms. Children must be at least 3 years of age to attend. No registration required.
 
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
Thursdays, at 10 a.m. until December 19

Come have fun with music, stories, and simple instruments as we get our groove on. Children 3 and up will enjoy this creative storytime under the tree in the Children’s Picture Book Area. Join us for some musical fun.
 
HOME-SCHOOL MEETUP - GAME CHANGERS CODING (8-14 years old)
Friday, December 6 from 10 a.m. – noon

Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts and problem-solving skills, creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living and agriculture. Although the challenge includes one computer-based and two unplugged activities to help kids learn CS, all can be completed without internet access. Sponsored by 4-H Youth Development; presented by Matthew Crutchmann. Registration required.
 
COIN COLLECTING FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Saturday, December 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Curious about coins? Members of the North Hills Coin Club will provide students in Kindergarten through12th grade with the knowledge and tools needed to get started in this fascinating hobby. Beginners will receive penny folders; returning students will receive nickel folders. Registration begins December 1.
 
CRAFT-A-PALOOZA
Monday, December 30 between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Children of all ages are welcome to stop in and help us use some of our craft supplies! We will be making all sorts of fun crafts for everyone to enjoy. No registration required.
Teens
 
AFTERNOON ADVENTURE
Thursday, December 5, from 3 - 5 p.m.

Adventure-seekers in middle and high school are welcome to join us for a variety of board games, card games, role-playing games, and more! No registration required.
 
ANIME HOUR
Thursday, December 12 and 26 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us as we watch old favorites and new releases, chat about our favorite characters and stories, and make some crafts. No registration required. This program is for ages 12 and up.
 
TABLETOP TUESDAY
Tuesday, December 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us the third Tuesday each month for a one-shot roleplaying game. No experience necessary! All you need is your imagination and a thirst for adventure! No registration required. This program is for ages 11 to 18.
 
COOK IT!
Thursday, December 19 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Let’s get cooking! Come learn how to make a simple dish and share your own favorite recipes! This program is for kids in middle and high school. No registration required.
 
HARRY POTTER CLUB
Monday, December 16 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

In December, we will discuss chapters 7-12 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We’ll start off with a book discussion and then end with a maker activity. Please read the chapters we’ll be discussing prior to the program. Registration is required for this program. You must register for each session individually. Registration opens the first of the month.

ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES
Computer Classes
Registration is required for these free computer classes. Register online, in person at the Computer Center or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 131. Please call the Computer Center if you are registered and are unable to attend to free up your space.
 
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASICS PART 1
Friday, December 6, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Participants will go through some basic Excel terminology before learning how to move around the spreadsheet. Participants will then build some simple financial documents to practice on, using simple functions, formulas (such as addition), and constants. Prerequisite: Must have solid Word experience.
 
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASICS PART 1
Friday, December 6, from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Participants will go through some basic Excel terminology before learning how to move around the spreadsheet. Participants will then build some simple financial documents to practice on, using simple functions, formulas (such as addition), and constants. Prerequisite: Must have solid Word experience.
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASICS PART 2
Friday, December 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Participants will learn how to create lists, sort data, add codes, format numbers, and work with fill series.  Participants will also work with various formulas and functions. Prerequisite: Participation in the Microsoft Excel 2016 Basics Part 1 class or similar.
 
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASICS PART 2
Friday, December 13, from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Participants will learn how to create lists, sort data, add codes, format numbers, and work with fill series. Participants will also work with various formulas and functions. Prerequisite: Participation in the Microsoft Excel 2016 Basics Part 1 class or similar.
ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE 
Need help using your technology? Our Computer Center staff is offering one-on-one sessions to assist with questions you may have. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Please bring your tablet, laptop, or phone and come prepared to ask specific questions. To schedule a session, call the Computer Center desk at 412-366-8100 x 131. When you call, please let us know what topic you would like help with and what kind of technology you are using. Please note: Staff members are unable to repair your phone, laptop, or tablet and may not be able to help with all device types, programs, and problems. Patrons may only book one session at a time.

NORTHLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION NEWS
SENSE-SATIONAL NORTHLAND YEAR-END CAMPAIGN: Let your senses come alive!

Northland Public Library is brimming with ways to tantalize your senses, not just during the busy holiday season, but all year long. Giving to our annual appeal helps us to continue to offer the sense-sational programming and services you have grown to love.
 
Speaking of growing, we are so pleased with the addition our outdoor educational space, the Learning Garden at Northland. The Sensory Garden incorporated throughout our garden is very special to us. Northland Public Library is committed to be an inclusive place for everyone, including those with sensory processing challenges.
 
The Learning Garden is primarily an outdoor classroom, a place for STEM experiments, crafts, gardening programs and more. In addition, we are pioneering a concept for creating unique semi-enclosed spaces called Landscaped Sensory Nooks. The nooks, one of which has been installed to date, feature plant groupings and a bench where someone with sensory processing challenges can go to acclimate to the environment or activity of a program while still being able to see and hear what is going on. The existing Landscaped Sensory Nook, sponsored by the Mary Jane Berger Memorial Foundation, highlights herbs to create a variety of sensory experiences of smell, sight and touch.
 
The Learning Garden also is a place for discovery and exploration, so we have created and installed items to engage all the senses, like a water feature, wind chimes, and a raised bed with a huge variety of tactile sensations (created by Girl Scout Troop # 51337 - thank you!).
 
See how Northland Public Library serves the people in our communities! Listen to the sounds of a busy gathering place. Help us touch the lives of others with your end-of-year gift! Give today:
https://tinyurl.com/2019YearEndSense-sational or mail a check to Northland Public Library Foundation, 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15237. Your gift helps us to provide snacks for one Foreign Film program ($40); Harry Potter Day Supplies ($150); 12 Audiobook Cases ($100), and so much more. If you give at least $250 by the end of the day on Sunday, December 8, you will receive a Disco Ball Bluetooth speaker ($29 value made possible by an anonymous donor).*
 
*Donation must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2019, in the total amount of $250 or more (one-time gift; monthly gifts are not eligible unless $250 is received by December 8, 2019). As a token of our appreciation for your support, an incentive gift will be held at the Northland Public Library for your pick-up between December 16, 2019, and January 9, 2020. Your federal income tax deduction for your contribution is the amount of your contribution less the value of the gift; please consult your tax adviser for details and eligibility.
 
SAVE THE DATE! FOURTH ANNUAL GARDEN GALA – SATURDAY, APRIL 18!
We know you love our Garden Gala where food, beverages, entertainment and lively fun await you! Tickets go on sale February 1. Don’t wait; last year we sold out!
 
MAKING DONATIONS OF APPRECIATED STOCK OR THROUGH AN IRA DISTRIBUTION
When you make a gift by transferring appreciated stock, mutual funds or a distribution from your IRA, you can support the library and receive tax savings.
 
Giving stock held more than 12 months is an excellent giving option, particularly for stock that has appreciated substantially in value. Have your financial advisor transfer the funds directly to the Northland Public Library Foundation to receive the maximum value.
 
Making a distribution through your traditional or Roth IRA also can help lower your income and taxes if you are 70½. Consult your financial advisor for details.
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