Category: News

Express Yourself Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Month and enter the Express Yourself Poetry Contest sponsored by the FSPL Teen Advisory Board.  The contest is open to adults, teens and children ages 7 and up who live in our service areas of Canonsburg, Cecil Township and North Strabane Township. There are four different age categories: 7-9 years old, 10-13 years old, 14-17 years old and 18+ years old.  Poems may be on any subject matter and must be your original, non-published work.  Poems may…

Reading Academy Launchpads Have Arrived

We are adding to our Launchpad collection and our new arrivals are focused on learning to read.  Launchpad Reading Academy is a 5-level guided reading system that helps kids learn to read with apps, storybooks and videos.  This multi-sensory learning tool helps teach kids to read however they learn best.  Reading Academy makes it easy to jump in at your current reading level and advance from there.  No downloads or WiFi are required.  Reading Academy levels include pre-emerging, emerging, early…

Returning to Curbside Service

As cases of COVID-19 infections rise across the state of Pennsylvania, Frank Sarris Public Library has made the decision that, starting Monday, November 30th, we are returning to curbside only service. This change will remain in effect until further notice. We want to provide the best service possible while keeping our community and staff safe. Although patrons will not be allowed in the building, we are still in operation. Our new hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday: 10am – 7pm Friday-Saturday:…

FSPL Fan Fest – Bringing Cosplay to the Community

Overview of Cosplay/Costumes at FSPL Fan Fest No pop culture convention is complete without cosplay! Anyone who comes to FSPL Fan Fest on Saturday, September 7, is welcome and encouraged to dress as a favorite character from a comic book, video game, anime, movie, television show, or other pop culture medium. Mashups and original designs are also permitted: if you want to combine characters or create a jokey, gender-swapped, or another conceptual variation of a famous character, that’s great too!…

Kanopy – A New Film Streaming Service at the FSPL

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Frank Sarris Public Library.  FSPL cardholders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting our Resources page on this website or clicking here.  Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases…

Free On-Line Driver’s Education Programs

The Frank Sarris Public Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on Pennsylvania’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for…

Library Luncheon and Raffle Fundraiser

Save the date – Sunday, November 19 – The Board of Trustees of the Frank Sarris Public Library Association will hold a luncheon and raffle fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe to benefit the library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome at 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. Checks can be made payable to the Frank Sarris Public Library and questions can be directed to Kristen SeCaur at 724-579-5541. Grab a friend…

Teen Advisory Board helps spread the joy of reading!

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…

Blood Drive

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…

Greater Washington County Food Bank Drive

The Frank Sarris Public Library is a collection site for the Washington County Farm Bureau’s drive to support the Greater Washington County Food Bank.  Please drop off non-perishable, unopened, current sell-by dated items at our donation box near the main circulation desk on the first floor.  The collection drive will run through March 31, 2017.  Wish list items include: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned spaghetti sauce, dry and instant cereal and canned fruit juices.  Thank you for helping…