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The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) recently spent part of their Saturday to assist the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA (the Literacy Council) with the Baby Book Bag project.  Through the Baby Book Bag project the Literacy Council strives to promote literacy from birth.  The Baby Book Bag features tote bags which are hand-stuffed by community volunteers; screen-printed with a special logo; filled with children’s books, literature outlining the importance of reading to babies from birth, and other materials; then distributed…

If you haven’t been to the library lately, come by and check out the new Make it and Take It station.  This new station is located in the hallway near the Children’s Department.  The Make It and Take It station will offer fun and easy crafts for children to make and take home with them.  Last month, children were able to create their own solar eclipse.  This month they can create a fall tree.  Grace Majestic, a Canon-McMillan student, volunteers…

In order to encourage literacy skills in young children, our library will be partnering with the Canon-McMillan School District to implement the “iLearn to Read Initiative” for all kindergarten students.  Our goals with this initiative are to instill the habit of lifelong learning and to deliver a library card into every kindergartner’s hand.  In September, our Children’s Department staff will be present at the Open Houses of all Canon-McMillan elementary schools to meet and greet parents/guardians.  At Open House, you…

School is back in session, and many new area preschoolers will soon meet a special biweekly visitor with a bag full of fun. Ms. Amy has been bringing bags of books to eight area preschools every other week for the past few years. She’ll read as many of the books as she can in a half an hour, then leave the whole bag for the class to read as many times as they want for the next two weeks. Then…

If you haven’t yet used the existing OverDrive app to access ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, why not give their new app, Libby, a try.  Libby, the new one-tap reading app built by OverDrive, is the quickest and easiest way to get started reading and discovering digital library content from anywhere in the world.  With Libby, readers are always one tap away from their library, their bookshelf and the books they’re reading (or listening to!). Readers have the option to…

The Central Blood Bank and the Frank Sarris Public Library are partnering to hold a blood drive at the library on Monday, July 3rd. The blood drive runs from 10am – 3pm in Meeting Room #1 on the first floor of the library. All participating donors will receive 2 Pittsburgh Pirate tickets to an upcoming baseball game. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, please visit centralbloodbank.org, click Make an Appointment and search with group code…

Take a summer reading challenge.  Next time you visit the library, stop by the Children’s Department to pick up one of our summer reading challenges.  We’re challenging everyone to read something new this summer!  Families with young children can try a challenge that helps build early literacy skills and a love of reading together.  Independent readers can try Reading Challenge BINGO.  Everyone can try to meet National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang’s three part Reading without Walls…

How do I set up an email account or perform a search on the internet? I want to connect with friends and family on Facebook but I’m not sure where to start? How do I download an eBook to read? If these questions sound familiar, let us help you get started. Designated library staff is now providing one-on-one computer help by appointment only. We will have a computer available for the appointment, but you are welcome to bring your own…

Let’s jump for joy…Story time and Wiggles and Giggles are just on a short break.  Both will return on Mondays starting June 12, 2017.  We’ve added a new twist – Ms. Amy, who brings stories, crafts and awesome activities to Family Night each Tuesday, will be joining Ms. Barb for Monday morning story time this summer.  Pick whichever story time works best for you and your little ones.   The full summer Story time and Wiggles and Giggles schedule can be…

Are you a teen in grades 7 – 12 who enjoys writing?  Do you write fiction, poetry, short stories, non-fiction or maybe even fan fiction?  If this sounds like you, stop by the Frank Sarris Public Library for the first Teen Writers’ Club meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 6 – 7:00pm in the Teen Lounge.  Join other teen writers once a month to write, share and support each other through the creative process.  Questions?  Contact Beth Kairush, Teen…