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Northern Tier Regional Library sets monthly schedule

The Northern Tier Library and the Richland History Group have teamed up to bring you an informative presentation on local history from 1-3 p.m. on February 5.

Keynote speaker Daniel Barr, a Robert Morris University history professor and local author, will discuss colonial life in western Pennsylvania, including the Indigenous peoples there, the politics that led to the war French and Indian and the colonization of Pittsburgh. Eric Brown, a history teacher in the Pine-Richland School District, will delve into the life of George Washington, his character, and his visits to western Pennsylvania. Ginny Neff Campbell, vice president of the Richland History Group and retired teacher, will talk about the Washington/Christopher Gist Winter 1753 trip to western Pennsylvania, including where they traveled through Richland Township.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is compulsory and will be limited to 40 participants. Masks are mandatory for this program.

The science of fear

Have you ever wondered why people might want to be afraid? Or why do people line up and wait for hours to visit a haunted attraction, or gather with friends to watch a horror movie? Join the Northern Tier Library for a virtual presentation at 6 p.m. on February 16 where Margee Kerr will share what she has learned on her travels around the world as well as the results of her own research that offer insight into how and why people might want to scare themselves. Margee Kerr is a sociologist and author of “SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear,” named a must-read by The Washington Post. Learn more at Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting invite link.

Takeaway crafts

February 8: Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy an easy-to-go weekly craft! Please call or register online to reserve a supply kit which can be picked up on Tuesdays and enjoyed at home.

Makerspace on-the-go kit

February 7: Fidget Bracelet Make a movable beaded bracelet

February 14: Origami Heart Fold a bookmark into the shape of a festive heart

The library will be offering a Makerspace take-out kit on Mondays that can be picked up and enjoyed at home. Each kit will include instructions and materials. Call or register online to reserve a take-out kit. Registration is required to account for supplies.

The weekly project

February 8: The weekly project features a variety of activities like cooking, crafts, art, and STEM. Each week will feature a different project for children to work on with their families. Call or register online to reserve a kit of supplies that can be picked up on Tuesdays and enjoyed at home.

Family history and recreation

Join us on Wednesday and Thursday mornings on the lower level of the library for a story and indoor recreation! Sessions are available February 2 and 9 at 10:30 a.m. and February 3 and 10 at 10:30 a.m.

We ask that all participants (ages 2 and up) wear a face covering and bring a blanket to sit on. Your blanket will be on a carpeted floor and will be your space to maintain social distancing while sitting down to enjoy the program. Registration is mandatory and encouraged to be early, as only 12 families will be able to attend any given session. Make sure to be present if you register. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate, but places will be limited.

This program is for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

Natureology: Insects

Beneath your feet are thousands of animals. Some with six legs, others with more, many more, and they lived here long before us. Discuss bugs with Tony Palermo from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on February 8. Registration is mandatory and wearing a face covering is encouraged for participants over 2 years old.

Valentine’s Day Craft Set for Kids

Request a take-out set to experience a variety of Valentine’s Day crafts. The kits will be placed in the library lobby on February 11 for pick up. Registration is required to account for supplies.

Maker Mondays at the Pine Center

Hello teens! Join us the last Monday of the month at our Pine Center location for Maker Mondays, a program where you can create fun projects related to arts, crafts, electronics, sewing and more. This month’s craft will take place from 2:45-5:30 p.m. on February 28 at the Pine Center location and will feature the basics of crochet where you can learn some simple crochet stitches.

Robotics and Coding Club

Stop by the library to discover a variety of toys and tools that will help you develop your skills in robotics, programming and coding. We will provide access to educational elements that will encourage children, like adults, to learn the basics of coding and programming. This self-guided program will be open to customers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 28. This is a walk-in program for all ages, but we require registration so we know you are coming. Face coverings are encouraged for participants over 2 years old.

love notes

Create a personalized Valentine’s Day for that special someone in your life. This take-out kit can be picked up in the library lobby after 1 p.m. on February 9. Registration is required to account for supplies.

Kisses and coffee

Enjoy a cup of coffee and chocolate with your lover this Valentine’s Day! Thanks to a generous donation from Starbucks and Gibsonia’s Giant Eagle, this on-the-go kit includes two packs of Via Instant Coffee and some included chocolates. Kits can be picked up in the library lobby on February 14. There is a limit of one kit per family, and registration is required as kits are limited.

Fundamentals of Investing: Virtual Seminar

Learn about the rules of investing in this virtual seminar from 6-7 p.m. on February 22 presented by Richard Olszewski, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Find out how to develop a strategy, choose quality investments, diversify your portfolio, invest for the long term and focus on what you can control. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting invite link.

Bridget’s Book Club

Local librarian June Jones has never left the peaceful English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old prefers to spend her time buried in books rather than venturing out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to come out from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds her mother’s most cherished memories. To save the library and the books that mean so much to her, June must finally make some changes in her life. For once, she’s determined not to go down without a fight. And maybe by fighting for her beloved library, June can save herself too. Join Bridget’s book club at 6:30 p.m. on February 9 for a discussion of Freya Sampson’s “The Last Chance Library.”

Technological help

Get help with technology. During these one-on-one 30-minute sessions, we can focus on basic skills in using computers, smartphones, e-readers and more.

• Wednesdays from February 2 to 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Thursdays from February 3 to 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration is mandatory. Please include the specific topics you need help with when registering.

Discussion group

The group chat is a place to share ideas and listen to what others have to say. Join us on the lower level of the library from 1 to 3 p.m. on February 10. A lively conversation is guaranteed! Masks are encouraged.

Knit Bed

Do you knit, crochet or craft in any way? If not, would you like to learn? Beginners are welcome to come and learn; experienced artisans are welcome to bring a project to work on. Everyone is encouraged to bring their latest book to talk about! This group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on February 23 inside the library in the new book section. Registration is mandatory.

Switch from Overdrive to Libby

On February 23, the OverDrive app will be removed from the Apple, Google Play, and Microsoft app stores. New users will only be able to download the Libby app going forward, which is why OverDrive recommends switching to Libby for all your digital reading and listening needs. Need help understanding how to make the switch or understanding the Libby app? Visit our referral office for assistance, and we can help you get set up.

Sale of used books

It’s that time of year! Mark your calendars for Northern Tier’s annual used book sale. The 2022 Used Book Sale will take place from April 7-11. In preparation for the big sale, the library is currently accepting donations of lightly used books.

Library hours

The Pine Center will be closed February 21 and 22 for Pine-Richland High School Development Days.

The Northern Tier Library aims to provide resources that inspire, inform, educate and entertain the public.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9am-5pm Thursday to Saturday; close on Sunday.

For details: 724-449-2665 and

Jonna Miller is associate editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Jonna at 724-850-1270, [email protected] or via Twitter .