Saturday, February 9, 2013

Northland NOMAD Kiosks


Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in February
Sir Pizza ascends to the throne in February as the Northland Public Library Foundation’s featured sponsor for its Bread for Books program. Bring a voucher to Sir Pizza’s Ross Township or Franklin Park location and 15% of your total sale will be donated to Northland Library. Their generous offer is good on take-out as well as dine-in! The fundraiser will run EVERY Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in February!
You must present a voucher when ordering for the Library to get the donation!


January 15 through April 15
Our local Whole Foods store in Wexford has generously included Northland Public Library in their Nickels for Nonprofits program from January 15 through April 15.
When you bring your own reusable shopping bags, Whole Foods will give you the opportunity to have five cents per bag taken off your total sales, or offer you some “wooden nickels”. Please take the Wooden Nickels! Deposit them in the Northland box as you exit the store. The total collected will be donated in cash to the Northland Public Library Foundation for the support of the Library.

Got pierogi? WE DO!

Thursday, February 21, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, Pittsburgh’s first and only Polish Pierogi truck will return for another parking lot pierogi party to dish up the hot dumplings along with stuffed cabbage and haluski  on Thursday, February 21, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. A wide selection of their frozen pierogi will be available also. Grab a dozen to go, maybe a few Polish Platters for dinner-15% of the total sales will be donated to the Library and no voucher is needed for Northland to benefit from these pierogi parties!
Check out their website at and follow their sizzlin’ Pierogi antics on Facebook!
The Northland Public Library Foundation would like to thank all who made January’s Bread for Books fundraiser the best ever to date, and especially Zum Zum, LLC of www.polishpierogi .com for their continued support.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Tea

Thursday, December 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm

Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to join us for some refreshing tea and tasty cookies on Thursday, December 13. Drop in any time between 2 and 4 p.m., enjoy a cup of mood-lifting tea, listen to some seasonal music and relax for a while. Then you’ll be ready to tackle those holiday projects once again. Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100, ext.113

Vantage Point: A Workshop for Parents of Children with Autism

Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm

Do you want to learn about the resources and support systems that are available to you as a parent of a young child with autism? Do you want to find out more about “wraparound” and early intervention services?

Johanna Taylor, a doctoral student in the Early Intervention Autism Specialization Program at the University of Pittsburgh and Jessica Scott, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education and a second-year Trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh will present a two-hour workshop to address the many needs and questions of parents who are seeking resources for their children. Ms. Taylor is a board certified behavior analyst who has worked with children with autism and developmental disabilities for over 10 years and Ms. Scott has experience providing therapeutic intervention for children with autism and their caregivers. Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100, ext.113

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Director's Corner

December 2012

For many traditions, December is a season of giving –to family, friends, worthy causes and those in need.   The Northland Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 that is charged with raising funds from the community to enhance our existing services. 

During this month the NPL Foundation will be conducting their end of year mail campaign and a “penny war” conducted in the building.  These fundraising efforts will permit Northland to add lending kiosks at 2 locations in our communities (Ross Community Center and Baierl Family YMCA), improve availability of bestsellers, e-resources and other formats and continue to provide varied opportunities for lifelong learning. 
On behalf of the Northland Public Library Board, Administration and staff and the NPL Foundation Board- Best Wishes for the Holiday Season.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Director's Corner



Each household in the 5 communities which directly support Northland spend $3.75 per month for Northland Public Library.  In the past few years studies in Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado and Pennsylvania have demonstrated that for every dollar a community invests for library service, 4 dollars are returned to the community through:

·       Library staff who buy groceries, visit dentists, repair cars, etc. in the community.

·       Library purchase direct services such as plumbers and supplies.

·       Libraries are anchor stores.  Studies have shown that when folks go to the library, they spend about $20.00 at other places, just as part of the trip.

Supporting Northland Public Library is a smart investment.   

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00am - 2:00pm


Prescription Drug turn-in-day is back by popular demand! Here's your chance to turn in unused or outdated prescription drugs and make sure they are disposed of safely. Northland Library, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the McCandless Police Department, will collect these drugs and make sure of their proper disposal. Bring your prescriptions to meeting room 148-1 on the lower level of the library. The first such event in April was a huge success. We're sure this one will be too!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September "Bread For Books"

The Northland Public Library Foundation will be sponsoring a "Bread for Books" fundraiser on Tuesday, September 25 at Emiliano's located at 45 McIntyre Square Rd.
The following coupon must be presented for the library to get a 20% donation of the total bill.


Once again, Northland Library will be a drop-off point for the collection of hand-knit or crocheted scarves for KnitHope. Knithope is a non-profit organization that works with North Hills Community Outreach and the Light of Life Mission to distribute scarves each year to the homeless and others in need in the Pittsburgh area. The scarves should be approximately 60 inches long and 5 inches wide, suitable for a man or woman. Collection boxes will be available on both floors of the library from August 15th through October 15th.
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, consider making a welcome, warm gift for someone who needs it. Find more information on Knithope’s website:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Treasure House Fashions: Women Helping Women In Crisis

Monday, September 17 at 7:00pm

In August of 2000, Sally Power founded Treasure House Fashions, a non-profit organization promoting the dignity and self-esteem of women, particularly women in crisis, by providing gently-worn quality clothing.

Tucked away on the ground floor of the Andre Building in Ross Township, this little gem of a store, run by volunteers, works with many agencies throughout Pittsburgh to provide shopping vouchers for women in need, joining efforts to better serve women in our wider community. By volunteering, by donating gently-worn clothing to the store or by shopping there for wonderful bargains, local women are helping women who need assistance.
Join us to hear Sally's story about Treasure House Fashions. Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100 ext. 113

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August “Bread for Books”

The NPL Foundation will be sponsoring a "Bread for Books" fundraiser every day in August at Bruster's located at 9600 Perry Highway at Ingomar Road.
The following coupon must be presented for the library to get a 20% donation of the total bill.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Storytelling – something we all do almost daily without thinking about it – describing your day at work or at school, telling friends about a fun vacation, passing on family stories to your grandchildren or telling your preschooler your version of the home invasion by that pesky blonde.  Northland’s annual family event – the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival on August 10 and 11 features a number of special tellers who will share a wide variety of stories.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and generally enjoy yourself as you participate in an enduring tradition and the first form of social media.  Northland can also help you shape and share your personal story with other featured programs in August including Indian cooking and how to use Linked In for networking and job searching.  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Director's Corner

Play is important work and a vital early literacy practice.  For young children, especially, play is the process of building knowledge of the world and their place in it.  Play provides positive socialization and aids in the child’s transition to the world of abstract learning.  Studies have shown that children deprived of play opportunities demonstrate social, emotional and cognitive narrowing and are less able to handle stress.
Starting this month, with the opening of the Playful Parenting Room,  Northland continues to expand its emergent literacy services to the young children and their caregivers.  Featuring age appropriate toys and books, the area will provide a special place for children under the age of 5 and their caregivers to share the fun of play with and to learn together through imagination.  As Pittsburgh’s own Mr. Rogers noted:  “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”   

eBooks for non-Kindle eReaders

Monday July 16th at 2:00 pm
In this class you will learn how to borrow e-books from Northland and download them onto your non-Kindle eReader device (Sony, Nook, Kobo, Literati, Pandigital, etc.). You do not need to bring your device to this class. Please register in advance by calling the computer center at 412-366-8100 ext. 131

eBooks for Mobile Devices

Thursday July 12th at 7:00 pm
In this class you will learn how to browse, check out, and download free e-books from Northland and read them on your Android, Blackberry, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, or Windows Phone 7. Bring your mobile device with you and get ready to read! Please register in advance by calling the computer center at 412-366-8100 ext. 131

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Director's Corner

I have always thought fondly of June. When I was a child, June signaled the end of the school year and the beginning of, what seemed at the time, a long, long summer. As an avid reader, June was also the start of the Summer Reading Club at my local public library and provided an unneeded excuse for indulging in my favorite sport. Little did I know or care that what I viewed as fun and enjoyable was actually helping me maintain the literacy skills that provide the foundation of all other learning. Evidence from many studies in North American and Europe demonstrate that participation in summer reading programs result in improved reading skills.

Northland continues the tradition of supporting the continuing development and maintenance of basic literacy skills through its Summer Reading Clubs –and not just for children. Find out more about our summer reading activities for children, teens and adults in the newsletter as well as our website Summer Reading – just one of the connections your public library provides to serve a real-life community need and to support a critical skill that all need to succeed in all aspects of our lives.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I’m No Angel

A One-Act Play Showcasing The Life Of The Legendary Hollywood Screen Siren, Mae West

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00pm

The original Blonde Bombshell, Mae West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the New York stage before becoming a Hollywood star in the 1930’s. Her career spanned seven decades and The American Film Institute named her one of the 15 greatest female stars of all time. Karen Dunham, who performs in local theatre and television, “becomes Mae West, herself” as she presents her performance piece about the life, career and music of the famous siren, who was sometimes in trouble with the censors. Join us for an hour of delightful comedy and nostalgia. As Mae West said, “why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”

Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100, ext.113