Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
412-372-0500

 

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

Adult Program

Adult Program Schedule

All programs are FREE. No registration is necessary.

April 2015

The Fascinating (and Hidden) World of Global Logistics
April 15, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Few of us pay much attention to or have any real understanding of the global network of services that makes up today's fascinating world of global logistics. But without it, the vast majority of 'stuff' that is an integral part of our daily lives would be less accessible, more expensive and in many cases totally unavailable. Whether it is raw materials or finished goods, food, clothing, furniture or rubber duckies, logistics expert Doug Webster will show you how it all works -- in the air, on the water and by rail and road. Fascinating videos and photographs will detail everything from the workings of modern container ships, ports, railroads and warehouses, to how a shipment of clothing gets from a Chinese factory to a store near you.

Living Wills and Advance Directives for Medical Decisions
April 17, Friday
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Cosponsored by UPMC East

When you become ill, you have the right to choose your treatment options. But what if you became seriously ill and unable to make decisions? Who would speak for you? Would they know what you want and don’t want?

Learn how to plan ahead and develop advance directives or living wills to guide loved ones with decisions regarding end of life care. Receive a free guide to create living wills and durable powers of attorney for medical decisions so you can have peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones. Light refreshments will be served.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
April 21, Tuesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Edgar Allan Poe rises for this FREE reading at the Monroeville Public Library. Poe, portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, will read a combination of Poe's well-known and lesser-known works with a special emphasis on poems in honor of National Poetry Month. Poe will also explain his reasons for writing the way he did and take questions from those in attendance. Photographs welcome.

Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. Nicknamed the "Prometheus of American literary scholarship," he has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has dramatically brought to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on National Public Radio and in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Calliope Folk Song Night
April 23, Thursday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

All ages are welcome at this informal gathering of people who want to sing together and share songs, brought to you by Calliope, Pittsburgh's Folk Music Society. Since 1976, Calliope has been a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts.

Readers Theater Presents: Whodunit? X 3
April 29, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Please join Readers Theater Presents for a program of three short plays -- all "whodunits?" but in three different genres -- by local playwright David N. Campbell. The first play, The Case of the Missing Spouse, is a comedy about the "Silent Generation" of 1925-1945. The second play, Don't Answer the Phone, is a satire of murder mysteries in the genre of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, P.D. James, Tom Stoppard and the BBC/PBSMasterpiece series. The third play, I Think the President Is Dead, is a spy thriller in the genre of John Le Carre's novels.

The program will be offered twice -- first on the evening of April 29 and then a Saturday matinée performance on May 2.

May 2015

Readers Theater Presents: Whodunit? X 3
May 2, Saturday
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gallery Space

Please join Readers Theater Presents for a program of three short plays -- all "whodunits?" but in three different genres -- by local playwright David N. Campbell. The first play, The Case of the Missing Spouse, is a comedy about the "Silent Generation" of 1925-1945. The second play, Don't Answer the Phone, is a satire of murder mysteries in the genre of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, P.D. James, Tom Stoppard and the BBC/PBSMasterpiece series. The third play, I Think the President Is Dead, is a spy thriller in the genre of John Le Carre's novels.

The program will be offered twice -- first on the evening of April 29 and then a Saturday matinée performance on May 2.

Nancy Drew: The History Behind the Mystery
May 4, Monday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

For over 80 years Nancy Drew has come alive through books, television, and even the silver screen, but how well do you know America’s favorite teenage sleuth? Who is her creator? Who is Carolyn Keene? How has Nancy changed over the years? What can you learn from Nancy Drew? For the answers to these questions and more, please join Tara Rotuna for an informative presentation that reveals the history behind the mystery of Nancy Drew.

Drawn Threads: Designing Doilies Using Pencil and Paint
May 6, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Theresa Nuber's "Drawn Threads" is the featured exhibition in the Library's Gallery Space during May 2015. Ms. Nuber's work represents a style of decorative folk art, in which the painted image is a portrayal of household textiles with acrylic paint. The layered white and beige paint captures the delicate threads of a doily, the stitches of an appliqué quilt or the intricate weaving of lace. The layering is accomplished with various nozzles and liner brush stroke work. The most delicate thread detail is created with ink pen tips.

On May 6 in the Gallery Space, Ms. Nuber will offer a lecture and demonstration of "doily" construction using circles of various dimensions. Based on a five-inch circle and a six-petal flower center, the doily will be developed with smaller circle details on a twelve-inch decorative scrapbook sheet. After demonstrating the design techniques with pencil and paper, Ms. Nuber will discuss adaptable surfaces for home decoration using the threadlike designs. All supplies will be provided, and sample design packets will be given out. A take-home project (three-inch paper maché egg) will also be available.

Friends in Harmony: A Spring Concert
May 11, Monday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Friends in Harmony will present a Spring Concert including songs such as "The Flower Duet," "The Garden Song" and "Now Is the Month of Maying."

Friends in Harmony is a small volunteer semi-professional choral group located in Pittsburgh. The members (Sherry, Director and Alto; Marty, Baritone/Bass; Ceinwen, First Soprano) have been together since 2000. They sing an eclectic mix of styles -- classical, popular, musical theatre, rock, jazz, madrigals, folk, sacred -- from all decades of the past century and also from the 1500s and 1800s. To learn more about Friends in Harmony, please visit the group's website at http://friendsinharmony.net/ or follow them on Twitter @HarmonyFriends.

Ready, Write, Resume! How to Write Resumes for Today's Employers
May 13, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Do you know what today's employers are looking for in resumes? Do you know how to write to their needs? Did you know that you may need to write your resume differently to be successful with recruiters or head hunters? You CAN write your own resume that meets these needs -- and this seminar will help you do just that. Dale Gold, Career Transition Specialist and President of Resources of Gold, will share with you in this seminar how to write an effective resume to increase your chances of getting into the "Yes" pile on recruiters' desks for the jobs you want.

Should you have one resume or several resumes? Should you include a cover letter when sending a resume? Should you follow up on resumes you send out? How do I increase my chances of getting noticed by the hiring manager? There are many things to consider in sending resumes for job opportunities. In this seminar, we will discuss how to write the resume, practice writing parts of the resume and discuss how to increase your chances of getting your resume into the "Yes" pile so that you are more frequently contacted for job interviews.

Dale is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business, Human Resources Management with a minor field of study in Communications, Training and Development. She holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

The Gardens of the Garden Club of Monroeville
May 21, Thursday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Presented by Shirley and Gil Brody

The Garden Club of Monroeville invites you to take a tour through their members' gardens from spring through fall. This beautifully photographed slide presentation is narrated by Shirley Brody, President of the Garden Club of Monroeville, with photographs by freelance photographer Gil Brody.

Gil is retired from ALCOA where he was an industrial photographer for 37 years, traveling on assignments to South America, Europe, Africa and throughout the United States. Shirley is a retired secretary and retired florist. She has been a member of the Garden Club of Monroeville (formerly the University Park Garden Club) for 49 years and is currently the club president. She has done many programs for area Garden Clubs in both floral design and horticulture. Shirley and Gil have been married for 60 years and have four children and three grandchildren. They enjoy working on projects together and in this presentation will guide you through an impressive panoply of local gardens photographed in spring, summer and fall. The program will also include horticulture tips and information.

June 2015

All Things Job Search
June 10, Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Space

Are you currently engaged in a job search? Is it getting you interviews? Are you getting job offers? If not, come learn how to run an effective job search! From writing that resume to landing the job, career transition specialist Dale Gold will explain the four phases of a job search and how to navigate each one.

Questions to be addressed include: Is my resume good enough? Are cover letters necessary? Why does my resume seem to fall into a black hole when I apply for jobs online? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, or wondered what networking and LinkedIn are really all about, this seminar is for you. With insights gained from over 15 years of experience in the human resources field, Dale will discuss interview preparation, implementation and follow up -- and give you added confidence for your next interview!

Dale is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business, Human Resources Management with a minor field of study in Communications, Training and Development. She holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).


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