Author Talk: Wednesday, March 18, 7 PM

PSB_HI_RES (2) Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 PM for an evening with author Marian Szczepanski as she discusses her debut novel, Playing St. Barbara. 

The big coal strike of 1928 ends, yet crosses still burn. Angry miners plot. Company policemen stalk and spy. Miner’s wife Clare Sweeney hides bruises inflicted by her husband—and her real name. Her three daughters harbor secrets of their own. Each knows (or guesses) only fragments of the others’ unvoiced stories. Their intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners, reenacted annually in the town pageant. Tested by scandal, heartbreak, and tragedy, each woman will write her own courageous ending to St. Barbara’s story.

This book has been selected as Dormont Public Library’s Book Discussion Group book for March, but all interested readers are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested; to register for this program, call 412-531-8754 or ask at the front desk.

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Tax Forms & Information

taxesA limited number of state and federal tax forms for the 2014 tax season will be available at Dormont Public Library around the end of January.

Unfortunately, due to cutbacks at the IRS, we will not be able to provide copies of the federal tax form instruction booklets this year. Tax instructions will continue to be available electronically at the Internal Revenue Service website, and one copy of the instruction booklet will be available for photocopying. Normal printing and copying fees will apply.

Other tax forms and publications are available from the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue–please see our tax resources page for more information.

Dormont Public Library staff cannot answer tax questions, tell you which forms you need if you do not know the publication number, or fill out forms for you. Please contact a licensed tax professional for assistance with your tax questions.

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New Computer Class: iOS Devices

We’re now offering iOS (iPhone/iPad) classes at Dormont Public Library in addition to our regular basic computer skills classes. The class is a one-on-one session that lasts one hour.

Please bring your own device if possible. We regret that we cannot offer classes on Android phones or tablets at this time.

Due to limited staff availability, we can only schedule one class per person, but we will be happy to recommend books for further learning at your own pace. For more information or to sign up, please ask in the computer lab or call 412-531-8754.

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Donate Expired Coupons for Military Families

Updated, 11/18/2014: Coupons may now only be submitted within two months past their expiration date.

Dormont Public Library is now accepting donations of expired manufacturer’s coupons. Overseas military commissaries will accept expired coupons for up to 2 months after their printed expiration date. We will take the expired coupons and donate them to a servicemember’s family stationed overseas. All you have to do is provide us with clipped coupons; just drop them off at the front desk. (We apologize that we are unable to accept donations of unclipped coupons.)

For more information on this program, see the Support Our Troops web site.

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Foreign Language Conversation Groups

MC900438504Native speakers and language learners are welcome to attend our informal foreign language conversation groups. Registration is not required.

Spanish Conversation
Meets the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 PM
Hosted by Luis Palacios, a native Spanish speaker from Peru and local university professor.
Hindi Conversation
Meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 6 to 7 PM
This group is hosted by Sindhur Baggon, from Mumbai, India, who speaks Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, and English.
Polish Conversation
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, from 11 AM to noon
Our Polish conversation group is hosted by by Barbara Guerra, who was born in Bielsk Podlaski, Eastern Poland.
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New Ways To Keep In Touch

You can now subscribe to the Dormont Public Library email newsletter. We will periodically send a newsletter to subscribers with information and updates on upcoming programs and events. Newsletters will never be sent more than once a week, and we will never sell or share your information with third parties.

You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on current events at the library.

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Saturday Storytime

owlstorytimeDormont Library is now holding an all-ages storytime at 10:30 AM on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Each session features a story read out loud and a themed craft project. There is no charge to attend, and registration is not required.

Don’t forget our other storytime offerings as well. Read To Me Storytime, for preschool and K-2nd grade, is held at 10:30 AM each Tuesday and Wednesday for six weeks, then takes two weeks off. (Call 412-531-8754 for details.)

All-ages Spanish Storytime is held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 PM, and Tail Waggin’ Storytime for K-5 on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM.

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Spanish Storytime

Spanish Storytimes are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 PM. This is an all-ages storytime, where stories are read in both Spanish and English. No registration is necessary for this program.

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Online Catalog Apps for Your Mobile Device

Did you know the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s online catalog apps for iOS and Android also work with your library card at any of the Allegheny County libraries? You can search for items, place holds, and renew your checked out items from any Allegheny County library using the free app.

Download the app for iOS or Android devices.

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OneClickDigital Audiobooks

OneClickDigital (formerly NetLibrary) downloadable audiobooks work with most computers, tablets, and smartphones. The OneClick library includes close to 3000 titles from Recorded Books, with additional titles added quarterly. There is no limit to the number of people who may check out an item at one time, and you can set your own checkout period, from 1 to 21 days.

For more information, or to start checking out items today, visit the OneClickDigital site for the Allegheny County library consortium.

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