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High School Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Sharpen that rapier wit of yours and get ready to duel. The Battle of the Books is coming on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. Here are the books you'll need to polish off in in the high school competition. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Available as a book and ebook. Summary from Goodreads: If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard ...
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Coffee & Crafts: DIY Falling Leaf Art

Come out for a morning craft, a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and some tasty bagels.  On November 24 at 11 AM, we'll be making falling leaf art that will add a touch of autumn beauty to your home. Please register by calling 412-269-0334 or by applying online ...
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Seventh & Eighth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Team up and train for the Battle of the Books! Here are the books for the battlers in 7th & 8th grade. Brightwood by Tania Unsworth Available as a book and CD audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood Hall, her home--and the only place she's ever been. Daisy and her mother have everything they need within its magnificent, crumbling walls. But, when Daisy's mother leaves unexpectedly one morning, a strange visitor arrives on the estate, claiming to be a distant cousin, James Gritting. As the days tick by and Daisy's mother doesn't return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants Brightwood for himself, and he will do anything to get it--unless Daisy, with only her imaginary companions to help her, can stop him ...
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Sixth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Show your love of reading by participating in the Battle of the Books! Here is the reading list for students participating in the sixth grade Battle. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he ...
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After-School Cinema: Christopher Robin

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us after school to kick back, relax, snack, and watch a brand-new DVD release.  We'll have pizza, drinks, and snacks satisfy all your post-school cravings. On November 21 at 4 PM, we will be showing Christopher Robin. Register online or by calling 412-269-0334 ...
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Fifth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Fifth graders: are you ready to battle? The Battle of the Books is coming on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Prepare yourself by reading the books on this list. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi The Pandava Quartet series, book 1. Available as a book, large print book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school.  One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God ...
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Fourth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Battle of the Books is coming! On Monday, March 24, 2019, teams will compete to show off their literary trivia expertise. Here are the books you'll need to study if you're competing in the 4th Grade Battle of the Books. A Boy Called Bat by Elena K. Arnold A Boy Called Bat series, book 1. Available as a book, CD audiobook, Playaway, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific ...
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New Movie Premiere Night: Crazy Rich Asians

Join us for the premiere of a brand-new movie showing on our big screen and beat the heat of summer with some fun and laughter.  On November 20 at 5:45 PM, we'll be watching Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13), enjoying some snacks and drinks, and wonderful company. It's the movie theater experience without the expense! Register online or by calling 412-269-0334 ...
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Maker Mondays: Herbed Oil & Butter

Learn some STEAM skills with this makerspace workshop on making your own flavored oils and butters with herbs and spices. On November 19 at 6:30 PM, you will taste an olive oil blend, an aioli, and make your own herbed butter. Please bring a clean jar with a lid for your butter. This program is not recommended for people with lactose or egg allergies. People with sensitivities attend at their own risk. Register online or by calling 412-269-0334 ...
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