Northland Public Library offering wide range of special programs through October |
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Tony LaRussa

Here are some of the upcoming programs being offered at Northland Public Library. Some require registration online at or by calling 412-366-8100. The library is at 300 Cumberland Road in McCandless.

New Choices Career Development: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30, classes follow on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 and 26 — Course by PA Women Work’s New Choices for women and men re-entering the work force or looking to change careers. Program covers creating a resume that has impact, strengthening interview skills, job placement assistance and other job development skills.

Registration is required. Attendance at first class required before taking followup sessions.

• A Celebration of Animation: 7 p.m., Oct. 2 — An all-ages presentation by author and pop culture historian Marty Gitlin, who will bring his book, “A Celebration of Animation,” to life with clips from some of your favorite cartoons.

Kids will learn about the characters their parents grew up with while adults might just learn to love the cartoons children have embraced today.

• Psychic Vincent Sisters: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 10 — Psychic Sisters Suzanne and Jean Vincent will discuss their paranormal investigations, including the Blairsville Dentist, the Caylee Anthony Murders and Haunted Cambridge Springs. Guests are invited to bring their own unusual photos or stories to share.

Terrifying Tales from the Cabin: 7 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Jones-Neely Log House in Blueberry Hill Park — Have you ever experienced the fear of staying in a haunted house? Are you convinced you’ve had a close encounter with a ghost or spirit?

Whether it’s true or you’ve heard it from the friend of a friend, bring your spooky and scary tales and join us at this 21-and-older event. Local author Thomas White will also share some terrifying local stories.

Have a creepy story but don’t want to tell it yourself? Email it to: [email protected].

Snacks and libations will be provided, but please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Registration is required.

• Genealogy Lock-in: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 — The library is teaming up with the North Hills Genealogists Club for an after hours program of hands-on research.

General computer skills are required to search for ancestors using online databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest Online, Family Search and others. Research volunteers will be on hand to assist.

Participants should bring a flash drive to save copies of documents and information.

Advance registration is required due to limited space.

Ayurveda Cooking: 7 p.m., Oct. 28 — Indian cook Ann Manchella will discuss the ideas behind Ayurveda cooking and demonstrates the preparation of a tasty vegetarian dish from South India, saag paneer, a dish of cooked spinach with cubes of fried paneer cheese.

Copies of the recipe will be available for you to take home and try for yourself. Registration is required.

Cemetery Tales: Pittsburgh’s Buried Art and History: 7 p.m. Oct. 30 — Join staff from The Frick as they share Pittsburgh’s picturesque cemeteries. Explore the history of burial grounds in the United States and how they transformed into revered and oft-visited park-like spaces. Colorful slides show the evolution of the art and design of tombstones and memorials, and equally colorful vignettes tell the stories of the notable and interesting Pittsburghers who lie beneath them.

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