This summer we're inviting everyone to explore "Oceans of Possibilites" here at Cranberry Public Library! And we're thrilled to announce that in-person activities and programs for all ages are back! Participants will still track their reading via the Beanstack app or website, and we'll have tons of events and programs for all ages to attend as well.
There's no way we could include everything that's going on here, so we've chosen just a few things to highlight. You can pick up our full Summer Reading brochure at the library or view it online. In the meantime here's a sneak peak at just some of what's happening this summer:
Infant & ABC Playtimes
Block Parties for Toddlers and 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 Sand Art & Water Games
Teen Make or Take activities in The Forge makerspace
Teen Programs include a Read-a-Thon, an Escape Room, Photo Scavenger Hunt & more!
Adult speakers on Lake Erie shipwrecks, Naval History, and Speakeasies in Pittsburgh
Summer reading challenge registration opens up on Monday, June 6, but registration is open now for many of the programs listed here.
ADULT SUMMER PROGRAMS
In addition to our 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.
The Golden Thirteen Tuesday, June 7 @ 6:30pm
In 1944, sixteen African American sailors arrived at Great Lakes for a groundbreaking officers’ training course. Thirteen of those men would become 'The Golden Thirteen,' the first African American commissioned officers in Navy history. In this program, we explore the experiences of the Golden Thirteen at Great Lakes, their time in the fleet, and the lasting legacy of these pioneers.
Presented by Tricia Menke of the National Museum of the American Sailor.
Pittsburgh Drinks: A Presentation on the Steel City's Nightlife
Friday, June 10 @ 7:30pm
Come for the history, stay for the cocktail!
Join Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright, co-authors of Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife & Bartending Tradition, for a historical discussion and cocktail tasting.
Award-winning author Cody McDevitt will discuss the history of speakeasies, discotheques and dancing clubs in Pittsburgh. The program includes a cocktail tasting and demonstration with co-author Sean Enright, who will be creating a special cocktail just for this event.
Space is limited and attendees must be 21+ years of age. There is a $15.00 per person fee for this program.
Shipwrecks of Lake Erie and Maritime Archaeology
Tuesday, June 21 @ 6:30pm
Lake Erie contains approximately 1000 shipwrecks, of which almost 200 were lost in Pennsylvania waters. The Pennsylvania Archaeology Shipwreck Survey Team (PASST) is dedicated to researching these shipwrecks and telling their stories. This talk will use examples of shipwrecks recorded by PASST to introduce maritime archaeology and what it can tell us about Lake Erie seafaring.
Presented by Ben Ford of PASST.
Don't Call Me Rosie
Tuesday, June 28 @ 6:30pm
Author Kathy Thomas will discuss her book Don't Call Me Rosie, The Women who Welded the LSTs and the Men who Sailed on Them.
Learn about the women who build the Landing Ship, Tanks (LSTs) that landed on the beaches of Africa and Europe during World War II. These women were not riveters - they were welders. Come hear the stories of the women who make up this lost chapter of American history.
Aquatic Invasive Species: Small Critters, Big Impacts
Tuesday, July 12 @ 6:30pm
Aquatic Invasive Species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide. Affecting both local ecology and economy, these small critters can have big impacts to our watersheds. Come to this program and learn what characteristics make a species invasive, how they move from place to place, and how you can prevent their spread. Also, get tips for installing ponds and other water features in your garden or backyard.
Presented by Amber Stilwell of PA Sea Grant.
From the Three Rivers to the Deep Blue Sea Tuesday, July 19 @ 6:30pm
Pittsburgh has always been associated with steel, bridges and the rivers that surround the city. But for over a hundred years, Pittsburgh has also been home to many people who have a strong connection with the sea services. The submarine USS Pittsburgh was an important part of history and the men and women of Pittsburgh were there to support her from her launching to her decommission.
Join Bob MacPherson, a Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer (Submarine Engineering Technician) with over twenty years of service, for this discussion about the history of the USS Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Navy League.
HOT DOG FRIDAYS RETURN!
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEES
Beat the heat this summer and join us on select Wednesdays at 11:00am for a lunch-time movie. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy the show! All ages welcome, registration is required.
Rated: PG 13
Muppet Treasure Island
The Little Mermaid
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
What's a storywalk? It's a fun and delightful way for children -- and adults! -- to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Follow the walking path in front of the Municipal Building around the Sample School House to enjoy a picture book along with some physical activity. Join us at our monthly kickoffs with a special activity or enjoy the storywalks on your own time through the months of June & July.
Kickoff: June 16
Not Quite Narwhal
Kickoff: July 7
The Three Little Fish
and the Big Bad Shark
TEEN SUMMER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
There are tons of fun teen programs and activities this summer. We've only highlighted a few of them here, so be sure to check out the summer program guide for a complete list of programs for teens!
Teen Escape Room: Shipwrecked July 23
A storm has caused a shipwreck and stranded you on a deserted island. Use your wit and logic in order to escape! Register online for a select time.
Literary Photo Scavenger Hunt July 2 - 24
Register online to participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt for items inspired by literary works.
Teen Make OR Take in The Forge Select Mondays from 3-4:30pm
Throughout the summer, teens can register online for weekly sessions in The Forge, CPL's makerspace.
Stay and hang out or leave once you have completed the craft.
No craft will take the entirety of the time in the space.
Can't attend in person? Register for a take home craft kit.
Please note: some supplies provided during the in-person sessions
will not be provided in the take home kits.
June 13 - Shrinky Dink Turtle Keychains: Design a "turtley" awesome keychain!
June 27 - She Sells Seashells Bath Bombs: Make up to 2 bath bombs to take home and use.
July 11 - Sand Art: Explore and create a piece of art using colorful sand.
July 18 - Sea Shell Jewelry: Take a piece of the beach home as decorative jewelry or charm!
July 25 - Fruit Coaster: Design a fruity style coaster and bring the tropics indoors.
THE FORGE: MAKERSPACE NEWS & EVENTS
Pay Online for Forge Classes & Programs!
We're now taking 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.
June Is All About Dad We've got a whole host of workshops for you to make the perfect gift for Father's Day this year.
Each workshop is offered on multiple days and times. Find out more about each programs on The Forge's website.
2D Traditional Animation
June 25 @ 10am
Ever wonder how simple pencil sketches evolve into lovable animated characters? Join local artist Melanie Rathman as she guides us into discovering fundamental 2D animation character design. The class will give participants an idea of how character design is developed in the animation process.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. While employed with The Walt Disney Company Stores, she hosted Art of Animation events teaching basic Disney character design.
Participants will be supplied with erasable pencils and drawing paper.
Program fee: $15.00
FOCUS ON ONLINE RESOURCES
Readers of all ages can useBeanstackto participate in various reading programs offered by Cranberry Library, including the ever popular Summer Reading program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarden. It only takes seconds to register as an individual or family! 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 kids, 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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