This summer we're inviting you to explore "Oceans of Possibilites" here at Cranberry Public Library! And we're thrilled to announce that we'll be having in-person activities and programs for all ages this summer! Participants will still track their reading via the Beanstack app or website, but we'll be having tons of events and programs for all ages to attend as well.
Our full summer program brochure will be ready soon, but in the meantime here's a sneak peak at some of what's happening this summer:
Infant & ABC Playtimes
Block Parties for Preschoolers
Crafty Fridays, a drop-in program for all ages
Hot Dog Friday lunches & children's used book sale with the Friends of Cranberry Library
Middle Grade Programs
Teen Make or Take activities in The Forge makerspace
Teen Read-a-Thon, Escape Room, and other programs
Adult speakers on Lake Erie shipwrecks, Naval History, and Speakeasies in Pittsburgh
Summer reading registration opens up on Monday, June 6 and programs kick-off with Crafty Friday on June 10. Join us for a summer full of fun!
MAY'S FEATURED PROGRAMS: ADULTS
In addition to ongoing book clubs, CPL offers a wide variety of programs for adults. Visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of programs and to register.
Diana's Miracles Tuesday, May 3 @ 6:30pm
Join us to hear local author Kevin Lenz speak about his book Diana's Miracles. The book tells the story of his family after the tragic death of their daughter, Diana, in a car crash in 1999. Since then, they have received many signs that Diana is watching over them, and Kevin has compiled those stories to share with the world. Register to attend.
Adult Discussion Group 1st Thursday Each Month
10am - Noon
Do you enjoy respectful discussion about current events shaping the world? This is the group for you! No registration, just join us for interesting and thoughtful discussion on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00am.
How to Keep Your Brain Healthy Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:30pm
Join Alyson Mass of UPMC Rehab Services for a discussion about how to keep your brain healthy as you age. Discover how cognitive processes can change over time, learn about medical factors that can contribute to cognitive changes, and practice activities and strategies to help you stay sharp as you age. Register to attend.
Backyard Ecosystems: Attracting Wild Birds to Your Backyard
Tuesday, May 31 @ 6:30pm
This program is designed to provide information for anyone wanting to attract wild birds to their backyard. We will discuss how planting shrubs and perennials and providing water can help to entice birds to your backyard. We will also have samples of different types of seeds and feeders and which birds are attracted to each. Steps to provide a healthy feeding environment for your backyard birds will also be discussed. Registration required.
MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU!
Star Wars STEAM Wednesday, May 4, 6:00pm
Travel to a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars STEAM night! Create, learn and explore with Star Wars-themed STEAM activities. Special visitors from the 501st Starkiller Garrison will join us for an out-of-this world experience! All ages welcome. Registration recommended, but not required.
We're taking a break from programs for youth during the month of May so that our Youth Services Staff has plenty of time to plan and prepare for the much anticipated return of our in-person
Summer Reading Program.
Our summer reading program guide will be available soon online and in the library! Get ready to explore "Oceans of Possibilities" at the library this summer!
THE FORGE: MAKERSPACE NEWS & EVENTS
Pay Online for Forge Classes & Programs!
Starting in May we'll be accepting ONLINE PAYMENT for our popular programs and classes held in The Forge. On each program's registration page you'll be prompted to pay prior to registration. Registration for programs will not be confirmed until payment is received. Enter the code from the payment to register for the program.
If you're not able to pay online, please stop into the library prior to the day of the class to pre-pay in cash. We'll then give you directions for how to register online.
Program fees cover the cost of materials and/or teacher fees.
Decorative Book Stacks Wednesday, May 4
Create your own decorative book stack in The Forge! Using stamps, decorative twine and other craft supplies, transform a pre-painted stack of books into a work of art.
Are you interested in learning how to create designs for use our laser engraver? Join makerspace manager Mary Frances for an introduction to CorelDraw! After learning the basics of this design software, you'll have a chance to play around with it during a "mini-workshop."
Ever wonder how card makers manage to perfectly center their rubber stamped design onto a card? Or question what ink, which paper, or what supplies are needed for the craft? Join local paper crafting artist Jackie Paule as she teaches us the 411 of rubber stamping!
Local artist Sal Greco donated over 30 pieces of his artwork for our display window in January. Now Sal is offering a chance to work alongside him as he demonstrates his unique process. Sal uses an assortment of household items to create his paintings, but he has one rule: NO BRUSHES.
Instead of brushes, Sal asks that you bring several household items to paint with, such as q-tips, rags, sponges, string, nails, screws and slotted spoons. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
You'll receive a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of wood to paint on -- what you do with it is up to you!
Readers of all ages can useBeanstackto register in seconds as individuals or a family to participate in various reading programs offered by Cranberry Library, including the ever popular Summer Reading program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarden. Earn virtual badges, tickets for drawings, and real-world prizes just by keeping track of your reading. Readers can also post book reviews and keep track of activities along the way.
Beanstack is also available as a free app! Get ready for summer reading and download it today!
Ask any one of the library staff why they work in the library and they're likely to tell you it's because they like helping people. It's why we're here! That and for the stories, of course. Here's just one story of how we've made a difference in our community:
Diane was at her wits' end. She had been searching for books about hearing-impaired children for her three hearing-impaired children, and she couldn’t find any anywhere. That’s where we came in. Our children’s librarian found a series with a hearing-impaired character, making Diane’s day and giving her sons the representation they deserve.
Diane told us: "When I think of how many kids and parents could read these books and understand a little bit more because our librarian took the time to care, it makes me emotional."
Support from our donors make stories like these possible. If you haven't already donated to our annual campaign, consider making a donation today!
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