Summer days can be long and lazy, but if you’re tired of doing the same old thing or if you’re already hearing cries of “we’re bored!,” we have some suggestions for ways to break out of a summer funk. The library has some great programs coming up for people of all ages and interests! Here are a few of our upcoming programs that you might not know about. All of these programs are free, but require registration. Click the provided links to register or call the library at 412-921-9292.
If you always have your eyes on the sky, you’ll want to attend Astronomy Night at the library on July 11. Spend an evening under the stars with Larry McHenry, who has been an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years. He will be giving two presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor observing session around 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting). This program is open to adults and children ages 10 and up.
Nature loving kids can join us for two bird-themed programs: Mother Nature’s Diner – Meet Live Birds and Making Birdhouses. Join us for Mother Nature’s Diner on July 18 at 2 p.m.; local educator Verna McKinley will teach kids ages 6-12 about birds through stories, puppets, and songs. On July 24 at 7 p.m., teaching artists from the Center for Creative Reuse will lead Making Birdhouses and help kids ages 7-12 learn about bird habitats and how to make birdhouses out of obsolete media.
If you love traveling, but an international trip isn’t in your budget, why not Take an Armchair Trip to Peru? Jessie Modrall recently traveled to Peru and she’s eager to share her adventures in the Andes Mountains. This program will be held on July 23 at 7 p.m. and is open to adults.
Teens ages 12-18 can join us on August 5th at 7 p.m. for a Hippy Dippy Painting Party! Our art teacher will guide teens through painting a peace and love themed masterpiece, no artistic skill required! We will provide canvas, paint, brushes and snacks.
Bad Art Night was such a hit last summer that we’re bringing it back! On August 21 at 7 p.m., adults can create pieces of art using our ridiculous selection of arts and crafts materials, all in a fun and low-pressure environment. Make as many creations as you can and submit them to our Bad Art Exhibition for a chance to win a hideously tacky trophy and crown at the end of the night!
Maybe you experienced Woodstock in 1969 or have only heard about it from your parents. On August 13, we will be hosting University of Pittsburgh senior lecturer Dr. Bernard Hagerty for The Music of Woodstock. More details to come! This program is open to adults.
July 11th marks the start of the Green Tree Summer Concert Series at the Green Tree Park Gazebo! The first concert of the season will feature Kent + Re, who will be performing their tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, Homeward Bound. You just may recognize one of the members! Other performers this season include the Pitt Alumni Band (sponsored by Green Tree Public Library and the Friends of the Green Tree Public Library), Jamie Wright, the South Hills Brass Band, and more.
These are just a few ways to have fun and make memories at the library this summer. For a complete listing of our upcoming events, visit our events guide, and you won’t hear “I’m bored!” again!