Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Journey Takers

Tuesday, July 6 at 7:00pm

Northland Library is pleased to welcome genealogist and freelance writer, Leslie Albrecht Huber, for a presentation on her book The Journey Takers. The author re-creates the immigrant experience of nineteenth century Europeans through the story of her own ancestors who made their way from Germany, Sweden and England to start new lives in the United States. Huber visited their homelands, walked in their footsteps and looked over the lands they farmed in the course of her extensive research for the book.

Leslie Huber's articles and essays have won numerous awards in genealogy publications and her lectures to history groups throughout New England have been widely praised. Her presentation will be very helpful for those tracing their immigrant ancestors. The Journey Takers will be available for purchase after the program. Please register for the programs using our library website's Events calendar or by visiting or calling the Adult Services Reference Desk at 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Health Fair

Tuesday, June 29 from 11:00am-3:00pm

HealthyWorks of Pennsylvania will present a Health Fair at Northland Library on Tuesday, June 29, where you may visit various booths to learn more about the latest information on a variety of health issues. Included among the booths will be bone density testing, blood pressure readings, posture screening, ask the dietician, massage therapy and body fat analysis. No registration is necessary. Drop in at your convenience between 11 and 3.

Director's Corner by Sandra Collins

Representatives of the 45 public libraries in Allegheny County have spent the last 2 months visiting with our state representatives and state senators to share the following message:

• Libraries received a 21% cut in basic operating funds (State Subsidy for Public Libraries) in 2009-2010.

• Reimbursement for nonresident use (Access PA) was eliminated in 2009-2010.

• Online resources (Power Library) available through both public and school libraries were cut in half. In 2009-2010.
For Northland this meant a loss of $121,000 in direct funding. Countywide the loss in basic operating funds was $1.7 million plus an additional half million in support of the delivery system (how you get items from other county libraries). Add on the loss of electronic resources through and it is clear why libraries have been forced to reduce hours, eliminate staff and cut back on purchasing resources. In Northland’s case, staff benefits were reduced, open positions have not been filled, a hiring freeze is in place and the books and materials budget was cut by 38%.
You can help by contacting your state representative and senator to:

• Advocate for a minimum of level funding in the State Subsidy line.

• Advocate for the restoration of at least $3 million in the Library Access line to restore Power Library resources.

State Senator
Jane Orie – District 40
La Casa Blanca
9400 McKnight Rd.
Pittsburgh PA 15237

State Representatives
Robert Matzie-District 16 (FP&Ross)
1240 Merchant St.
Ambridge PA 15003
414-565-3569 click on “Contact”

Adam Ravenstahl – District 20 (Ross)
3689 California Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
717-787-5470 click on “Contact”
Dom Costa – District 21 (Ross)
6808 Greenwood St. Suite 2
Pittsburgh PA 15206
412-361-2040 click on “Contact”

Mike Turzai – District 28 (BW,FP, MAR,MCC)
125 Hillvue Lane
Pittsburgh PA 15237

Randy Vulakovich – District 30 (Ross)
1407 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116

Monday, June 7, 2010

Make a Splash - READ! Adult Summer Reading Club

June 7 - August 28

Once again, the Adult Summer Reading Club offers you a chance to read books for pleasure and for prizes! It's easy and it's fun. For each book you read, you fill out a prize slip and put it in one of the many prize boxes. At the end of the summer when prize slips are drawn, you may win a gift certificate to a local store or restaurant. Stop at the reference desk on or after June 7 for your reading booklet. We'll explain the simple rules and offer suggestions, if you need them, of titles in some of the chosen categories.

Kids' and Teens' Summer Reading Clubs

Registration will be ONLINE and begins SUNDAY, JUNE 13 (there will be a link on the library homepage )

Clubs will run all day, every day the library is open June 14-August 7

Read to Me - (preschoolers)
Summer Reading Club - (K-grade 5)
Teen Summer Read - (grades 6-12)


Summer Reading Clubs are On the Way

It's almost time for summer reading! Our summer reading program for adults begins June 7, and our summer reading clubs for kids and teens begin online registration June 13!

This year's theme is Make a Splash! @ Northland Library – Read

Taking Great Photographs/Choosing Great Cameras

Thursdays, June 10 and 17 at 7:00pm

John Craig, local photographer and owner of Craig Photography, will conduct a two-week workshop to help you learn the best techniques in taking outstanding photos. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned photographer, there are many things you can learn to improve your photography skills. What are the most important things to know about exposure? Did you just buy a new digital camera and want more information on its applications? Are you thinking of purchasing one? Which camera is best for your needs? There's a whole new world of photography out there and John Craig is eager to share his expertise with everyone.

If you have a DSLR digital camera, bring it along to the workshops. Please register for the programs using our library website's Events calendar or by visiting or calling the Adult Services Reference Desk at 412-366-8100, extension 113. Please note that you will have to register for each workshop date individually to sign up for both classes.

Northland Knitters

Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00pm

Whether you're a beginner or experienced knitter, we have a new monthly program for you. Bring your latest knitting project and join an enthusiastic group who meet on the second Wednesday of each month to get acquainted, compare notes, share ideas and techniques, swap patterns, and talk about all things knitting. Periodically, we'll show a DVD on a particular knitting technique or listen to a member reading some humorous pearls of knitting wisdom from the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, but mostly, we'll just knit, break for some dessert, and knit some more. Crocheters are welcome, too. No registration is necessary.