Northland Library Programs

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.

 

STRESS, ERGONOMICS AND ULTIMATE PRODUCTIVITY
Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

Join local chiropractor Dr. Ashley Scheinberg for an interactive presentation that will discuss the everyday things that play into our productivity in the workplace and at home. Discover effective ways to mitigate stress and fatigue, everyday posture-related issues, and preventative measures to make our bodies work for us! Registration is required.

 

#FAKENEWS: MAKING SENSE OF MEDIA IN THE ERA OF CLICKBAIT
Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Fake news is nothing new, but it feels more prevalent these days. Misleading or outright wrong information can reach more people more quickly via social media. Join Dr. Jessica Ghilani as she examines the historical framework for understanding fake news, discusses how we got to this point, and offers tips on how to fact-check the news. Registration is required.

 

BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
Saturday, November 10, from 1 – 5 p.m.
Hang out for an afternoon of gaming fun! We'll have tons of tabletop games and rpgs or bring along some of your own! All ages are welcome, and snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

 

GENEALOGY LOCK-IN
Friday, November 16 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Back again by popular demand! Northland Library and the North Hills Genealogists are teaming up for another After Hours Genealogy Lock-In. This evening of hands-on research requires general computer skills as you will search for your ancestors using online databases, including Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest Online, and more. Research volunteers will be on hand to help.
Participants should bring a flash drive to save copies of documents and information you may find. Advance registration is required due to limited space. You may sign up online on the library website or by calling the adult services department reference desk at 412-366-8100, extension 113.

 

SONGS OF FINLAND WITH THE PITTSBURGH FINNS
Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m.
Join the Pittsburgh Finns Ensemble as they present an evening of folk songs, jazz tunes, waltzes and tangos from Finland. Registration is required.


ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS & DISCUSSIONS

FILM SERIES:

 

FOREIGN FILM: (Drama from Czech Republic) Wednesday, November 14 at 1:30 p.m.
A disillusioned Prague man must take responsibility for the son of a Russian immigrant with whom he has a fictitious marriage. No registration required. Refreshments will be served.

 

TRAVEL FILM: Rwanda - Wednesday, November 21 at 2 p.m.
We are guided by the President of Rwanda as we go trekking for mountain gorillas, visit the Gisovu Tea Estate and go on safari on the savannah of Akagar National Park. No registration required. Refreshments will be served.

 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS:

NONFICTION AT NORTHLAND - Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Upcoming: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich

 

COOKBOOK CLUB - Monday, November 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join other food enthusiasts to try new recipes.

 

READINGS IN ALTERNATIVE EVERYTHING - Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart by Ram Dass

 

BOOKED FOR LUNCH - Friday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Upcoming: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK GROUP - Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre

Upcoming: We will watch the movie, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

SERIOUS READERS BOOK GROUP – Saturday, November 24 at 11 a.m. in the Board Room
Discuss books of historical significance that have influenced and shaped the United States.

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

 

CONVERSATION SALONS – Friday, November 9 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, November 28
Come and meet friends and neighbors as we engage in informal chats, any topic is acceptable.

 

AFTER HOURS BOARD GAMING – Friday, November 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
We will have a selection of board games you can try out or bring your own. Light refreshments provided.

 

INLKINGS: CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS – Sunday, November 11 from 2-4 p.m.
Writers and illustrators with an interest in children’s literature gather to hone their skills through discussion and constructive critique.

 

COME WRITE IN – Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Talk about your writing process and share what you find helpful or harmful during writing sessions. This month, we'll work on word sprints and writing prompts.

 

NORTHLAND KNITTERS – Friday, November 16 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m.
Come work on your project, share tips and patterns with knit and crochet enthusiasts of all skill levels.

 

CHESS FOR ADULTS – Saturday, November 17 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 – Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
The round table has always been a successful meeting of information, guidance, and cousin-finding. Bring your own questions or just sit back and listen. Remember, no question is too basic or obscure. Bring a notepad and pen to capture this terrific information exchange. For more information, go to www.northhillsgenealogists.org.

 

LA LECHE LEAGUE – Friday, November 30 from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This group helps with breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support. For questions, please contact lalechekim@gmail.com.

 

 
 

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.

JAMES CONNER PITT BOBBLEHEAD RAFFLE 
For every new, unused glue stick that you donate to the Children’s and Teen Services Department in the month of November you will get a raffle ticket. Winner will be drawn on December 3, 2018.

STEM STORYTIME
Mondays from November 5 through December 10
10 – 10:45 a.m. OR 1-1:45 p.m.
STEM Storytime is moving to back to Mondays!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Children in Preschool or Kindergarten are invited to join Miss Kim for STEM Storytime under the tree in the Children and Teen Department. We meet for stories, songs, experiments, and activities related to Science Technology Engineering and Math. No registration is required for this program.

MISSION...
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Ready for your next Mission? If you are in third, fourth or fifth grade, and you like to solve problems, find out how things work, and create things from your imagination, sign up for some engineering fun. Registration is required for this program.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
November 7 Until December 13
Children of all ages can join in the fun with songs, a story, and dancing! Join us on Thursdays under the tree in the Children and Teen Services Department. No registration required.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Wednesday, November 7 from 6-8 p.m.
Learn some new board games and play some old favorites with your whole family! All ages are welcome, but most games are best suited for children ages 5 and up. No registration required.

CHESS FOR KIDS
Friday, November 9 from 3-5 p.m.
Children and teens of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come play a friendly game of chess. Chess boards and pieces will be provided. No registration necessary!

PASSPORT PALS!
November 13 from 7-8 p.m.
Families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade will have fun exploring various countries and get stamps in their Northland Passport! Learn about other cultures through games, crafts, and other activities. Children must attend with an adult. Please register each child individually, register only the children attending.

LUNA’S MAGIC FLUTE – A MUSICAL FAIRYTALE 
Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Children 3 years (and up) are invited to go on a magical, musical journey with students from the North Pittsburgh Flute Ensemble! Please register each child under their own name. Registration begins November 1.

CSI (Children Science Investigators)
Tuesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m.
 
Children in First and Second Grade will explore their world through hands-on investigation. Registration is required for this program.

Teen Programs:

TEEN THURSDAYS
3 -4:30 p.m.
Open to all in rising sixth to twelfth grades. This month we will be working with paint and ink. No registration required.
November 1 - card games
November 8 - 
board games
November 15 - 
roleplaying games
November 22 - 
CLOSED for Thanksgiving
November - 29 - 
video games

 

INKBLOTS: A MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING GROUP
Tuesday, November 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
A monthly meet-up for young writers in sixth through eighth grade! Each month writers will receive a prompt to write for the following meet-up. This supportive, encouraging group will offer critiques, suggestions, and praise as we share our writing. No registration required.

 

FICTION FORGE: A TEEN WRITING GROUP
Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Different week due to Thanksgiving.)

Teen writers of all experience levels are welcome to join this new fiction-focused group! Come hone your creative craft through critiques, writing exercises, and discussions. You can bring either an existing piece or use one of our provided prompts to get you started.

 
 

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.

 

COMPUTER BASICS
Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about the different parts of a computer as well as take a visual tour of the desktop of a Windows 7 computer. Participants will also learn common keyboard commands and practice typing. For beginning computer users.


MICROSOFT WORD 2016 BASICS PART 1

Friday, November 9, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Participants will learn about the parts of the Word window and practice formatting and editing text. Participants will also learn how to Cut, Copy, and Paste text, as well as how to Save a Word document. For students with no previous Word experience. Prerequisite: Must have mouse skills.


MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASIC PART 1

Friday, November 9, from 12:30 – 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.


CODING CLUB
Wednesday, November 14, from 7 – 8 p.m.

Come and join other programming enthusiasts for an evening of coding – laptops will be available to practice coding skills using platforms like codeacademy and Khan Academy Beginners and experts alike welcome.


  • MICROSOFT WORD 2016 BASICS PART 2

Friday, November 30, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Participants will type some text in Word and then learn how to work with commands such as setting tabs, margins, columns, and spell-check. Prerequisite: Participation in the Microsoft Word 2016 Basics Part 1 class or similar.


MICROSOFT EXCEL 2016 BASICS PART 2
Friday, November 30, from 12:30 – 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 provide assistance for all device types, programs, and problems. Patrons may only book one session at a time.

 
 

NORTHLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION NEWS

GIVE BIG ON #GIVINGTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27!
The Northland Public Library Foundation is participating in the giving day, Give Big Pittsburgh, all day on Tuesday, November 27. Make a gift through https://www.givebigpittsburgh.com/organizations/northland-public-library-foundation as we seek to kick off our annual year-end appeal with a big day. We are going to make a push to earn one of the special incentive prizes from the Pittsburgh Foundation, so please try to give between 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 10:00 p.m. until midnight. Let’s Give Big to support your library!

ARE YOU THINKING OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING YET? 

If you are still trying to decide what to buy for Aunt Donna or Grandpa Ray, consider a unique gift in a loved one’s honor. A personalized paver brick in the Learning Garden at Northland, an outdoor educational space for people of all ages, helps you give something truly special to the special people in your life. Donate at https://www.northlandlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Paver-Brick-Order-Form-Electronic.pdf.


WHAT’S YOUR SPLURGE? 

Whatever your regular splurge may be, consider matching your splurge amount – that extra $5 or $10 a week – with a recurring gift to the Northland Public Library Foundation! Go to https://northlandlibrary.crm.salsalabs.org/webDonation/ to make a secure gift online or mail a check to the Northland Public Library Foundation, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Thank you very much!


TASTY TRUCKS @ NORTHLAND FEEDS YOUR HUNGER 

We gobble up the great foods at our Tasty Trucks @ Northland! November’s featured food trucks include BRGR and Bado’s Pizza on November 1, and The Flame BBQ and Pgh Crepes on November 15.

The food trucks are located in the upper parking lot. They accept cash and all major credits cards, and will be open until 6pm or as supplies last given the variability of patron support and limited storage capacity of food trucks. The event benefits Northland Public Library Foundation, which provides financial support to the library through community fundraising. Subscribe for email alerts for up-to-date information: https://northlandpubliclibraryfoundation.salsalabs.org/foundationemailsignup

Mark your calendars for TT@N every first and third Thursday and enjoy delicious foods while helping your library!

Coming in December:

Dec. 6: Pittsburgh Pierogi and Pgh Crepes; Dec. 20: Pittsburgh Pierogi and Revival Chili