Sharon McRae, Author at ShalerJournal.com

Author: Sharon McRae


Shaler North Hills Library to participate in Give Big Pittsburgh fundraiser on December 3
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November 24, 2019
Save the date: #GiveBigPittsburgh is December 3 and Shaler North Hills Library will be participating. Give Big Pittsburgh will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine and […]

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Shaler North Hills Library to host holiday concert with Pittsburgh Recorder Society
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November 19, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library will host the members of “Conchordance” of the Pittsburgh Recorder Society for a delightful free family concert to celebrate the holidays. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Relax and find your holiday spirit with inspiring music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods, as well as modern compositions. You […]

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Teen Craft & Vendor Fair to be held Dec. 8 at Shaler North Hills Library
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November 19, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library will host a unique array of booths for the community to shop from, with items all handmade by local teens, on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8 from 1:00 to 4 p.m. Plan now to start early holiday shopping – crafts, jewelry, baked goods, pins, and more handmade items will be for sale. […]

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Concert & Cupcakes with High Brow Affair coming Dec. 10 to SNHL
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November 19, 2019
The newest and hottest music duo for all ages will visit Shaler North Hills Library on Tuesday evening, December 10 at 6:45 p.m.  Live in concert, fresh after the release of their first Children’s CD (copies of which will be available for purchase), High Brow Affair will be performing in person. After the music, the […]

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Meet Santa, make a gingerbread house at Shaler North Hills Library
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November 19, 2019
Santa can’t wait to see you.  Join the Shaler North Hills Library on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:15 a.m. to noon to meet Santa and, new this year, make a gingerbread house at this free library event. The library will provide the materials, but bring a shoe box or similar to take your creation home. […]

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Pierogis coming to Shaler North Hills Library
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November 19, 2019
Calling all Yinzers! The pierogies are coming! The Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck will be in the front parking lot of Shaler North Hills Library on Fridays: Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from noon to 6 p.m. You’ll find pierogies, stuffed cabbage, haluski and more — all hot and ready to eat. (Please note that we are […]

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Shaler North Hills Library’s Sensational Sensory Saturdays serve children on autism spectrum
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November 19, 2019
Sensational Sensory Saturdays at Shaler North Hills Library are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory integration challenges. These programs combine books, songs, movement and more to stimulate all five senses and promote learning. Our next Sensation Sensory Saturdays are November 30 and December 28 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. If […]

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Share a Story with certified therapy “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” dogs at Shaler North Hills Library
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November 19, 2019
So you love dogs, and you love to read? Did you know that the Tail Waggin’ Tutors, who are certified therapy dogs, are here at the Library with their volunteers on the last Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until noon? Families and folks of all ages are invited to visit your favorite therapy […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from Shaler North Hills Library!
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November 19, 2019
A Time for Thanks…. We thank our patrons who support us in so many ways—borrowing materials, using our services, coming to programs, donating money and supplies, and sharing what we do. We thank our presenters who donate their time and expertise. We thank our volunteers who help us make it all happen. We thank our […]

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SNHL hosts Adopt-a-Grandparent Storytime at Vincentian Home
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November 19, 2019
Join Shaler North Hills Library’s Miss Ing and Miss Joyce at Adopt-a-Grandparent Storytime at Vincentian Home for songs, rhymes and stories, plus the opportunity to meet new friends who live in the Vincentian Community: 111 Perrymont Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please join us for this unique inter-generational exchange and maybe you can “adopt” a grandparent […]

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Shaler North Hills Library opening at 4 p.m. Nov. 23
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November 19, 2019
The Library will be closed on Saturday, November 23 til 4:00 p.m., when we will open to host the annual Shaler Township “Lite” Up Night from 4:00 til 8:00 p.m. with the Shaler Area Middle School. Join us for a great evening of fun to kick off the holiday season!

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts Wartorn Hearts, a celebration of veterans and poetry
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November 8, 2019
Art and Inspiration International presents Wartorn Hearts, a celebration of veterans and poetry with Kathleen Trew Swazuk, on Thursday, Nov. 14 from  7 to 9 p.m. at Shaler North Hills Library. Kathie served as an Army Nurse in the chaos and horrors of the Vietnam war, thousands of miles from home, and was inspired to […]

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Shaler North Hills Library’s ‘America’s White Table’ honors our veterans
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November 8, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library honors our veterans today and every day. We have set up an America’s White Table, plus various materials available for checkout which help explain the sacrifices, courage and dedication of these brave men and women. Thank you for your service!

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‘From Stone to Steel’ celebrates Native American Heritage Month at Shaler North Hills Library
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November 7, 2019
From Stone to Steel is an interactive program for all ages hosted by Shaler North Hills Library in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. On Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m., join Todd “Ghost in the Head” Johnson for a non-tribal historic presentation of native culture from ‘stone to steel.’ There will be a large […]

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts annual Appraisal Fair plus Shaler history exhibit
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November 7, 2019
Just in time to share with the family at Thanksgiving, Shaler North Hills Library presents its annual Appraisal Fair with the Senator John Heinz History Center, plus a Shaler history display. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start digging through your closets now for those fabulous treasures and family […]

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Indigenous Nation Celebration offered at Shaler North Hills Library
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November 7, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s Indigenous Nation Celebration is a free family event in collaboration with Shaler Area High School students from Mr. Haberman’s Multicultural Studies class and the Millvale Library. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Hear Storyteller Miguel Sague, Jr. share traditional stories from tribes in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Watch the […]

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Final Get in Tune with Nature program features mammals, skulls at Shaler North Hills Library
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October 30, 2019
Join Master Naturalists (in training) and retired educators Pat Milliken and Gil Pielin as their popular Get in Tune with Nature series returns to Shaler North Hills Library on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This final workshop for the fall emphasizes the ecological role of Pennsylvania mammals using skull analysis. In this […]

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts Art From the Start for toddlers, preschoolers
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October 30, 2019
Come to Shaler North Hills Library and share an art experience with your toddler or preschooler. Join us on Thursdays, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Don’t dress up, because we’ll be scribbling, squeezing, stretching and smearing our way through artistic learning and fun. No registration is needed.

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Shaler North Hills Library to open at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 6
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October 30, 2019
Due to the Veterans Breakfast at the Shaler Area Middle School next door to the library, Shaler North Hills Library will delay opening until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Thank you for your understanding. The library extends their heartfelt gratitude to all veterans.

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts family-friendly Harry Potter Party
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October 30, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library is throwing a Harry Potter Party and you’re invited. Join us for a celebration of the joy that is the Harry Potter world on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Families are welcome. Please register at 412-486-0211 or online at www.shalerlibrary.org.

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts legal program on ‘Practical Aspects of Dying and Death’
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October 30, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s popular Hot Topics: Legal Help in Plain Language series wraps up its fall session with attorney Carolyn Spicer Russ on Thursday, Nov. 7 (date changed from November 14) at 1:30 p.m. with the topic “Practical Aspects of Dying and Death.” Not an easy subject to talk about, but a great opportunity […]

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Shop Shaler North Hills Library’s Fall Book Sale this weekend – Oct. 26, 27
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October 23, 2019
The Friends of Shaler North Hills Library are hosting their annual Fall Book Sale Blowout this weekend. SNHL hosts one of the best book sales around. Great best sellers, hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and lots of children’s materials. Shop early for the best selection. We accept cash or checks. Proceeds from our Book Sale […]

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Shaler North Hills Library Hosts Sensational Sensory Saturday – October 26 at 11:00 a.m.
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October 16, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s Sensational Sensory Saturday program is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory integration challenges. This program combines books, songs, movement and more to stimulate all five senses and promote learning. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us on Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 to 11:30 […]

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Shaler North Hills Library Plans Halloween Storytime and Party for Youngsters – October 26 at 10:30 a.m.
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October 16, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s weekly Saturday Storytime will feature a special Halloween Storytime and Party on Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. This program will feature not-so-very spooky stories plus a Halloween craft and snack. Party goers are invited to come in costume for a parade around the Library. Halloween Storytime is designed for young […]

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Shaler North Hills Library’s Fall Book Sale Set for Weekend of October 25-27
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October 16, 2019
Mark your calendars now for Shaler North Hills Library’s Fall Book Sale. The Library hosts one of the best book sales around, featuring great best sellers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and a wide variety of children’s materials. Cash or check only, please. Friends Preview Night: Friday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Consider joining […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event at Shaler North Hills Library – October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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October 16, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library will again host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  In conjunction with the Shaler Township Police Department, SNHL will serve as a collection site for any unused, unwanted, or expired medications. This is an environmentally safe way to dispose of medications. […]

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Kids art studio at Shaler North Hills Library
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October 16, 2019
For those in grades 4-6, here’s a fun opportunity to draw, paint and create using Carla Sonheim’s Kids Art Lessons. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Please register at 411-486-0211 or online at www.shalerlibrary.org.

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Do-si-do at Shaler North Hills Library with the Y-Knot Square Dancers
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October 16, 2019
Do-Si-Do at SNHL! Get ready to watch some fancy dancing with the Y-Knot Square and Round Dance Club of the North Hills led by caller Barb McDonald. Family fun for everyone—all ages welcome. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Featuring some Fall refreshments too. Please register at 412-486-0211 or online at www.shalerlibrary.org.

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Get started researching your family history at Shaler North Hills Library
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October 9, 2019
Starting to explore your own family history can be daunting. Perhaps you’ve heard family tales or have photos with no names. Where do you start? What are the resources? Join Elissa Scalise Powell of the North Hills Genealogists and an expert and teacher in the field for a discussion and conversation on how to get […]

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Author George Kruth discusses the history of Shalercrest
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October 9, 2019
Congratulations to Shaler resident George Kruth on the publication of his book, Shalercrest: A Defense Housing Project. This 349-page book is a history of how the  federal government provided housing to World War II defense workers in a specific housing development in the Shaler Township suburban community. Come hear George discuss local history, his research […]

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Get in Tune with Nature: Animals! at Shaler North Hills Library – October 8 at 1:30 PM
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October 4, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s popular Get in Tune with Nature Series returns with “Animals – from Cockroach to Chinchilla” on Tuesday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. In this interactive workshop we will have a visit from LIVE animals including a snake, chinchilla, hairless rat and cockroaches! Learn about the animal kingdom and how we all […]

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Take a selfie with a Super Bowl ring, support Shaler North Hills Library
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September 17, 2019
Do you yearn for the days of yore when the Steelers were Super Bowl champs? How about taking a selfie with genuine 1974 and 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl rings? Shaler North Hills Library is hosting a fun and unique fundraiser to benefit its programming. Take your choice of 5 genuine Super Bowl rings, and […]

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Shaler North Hills Library Hosts a ‘Virtual Tour’ of the Pitt Nationality Rooms
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September 6, 2019
Visit Shaler North Hills Library on Friday, September 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. to take a “Virtual Tour” of the Pitt Nationality Rooms. The Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh are unique classrooms like no other classrooms at any university. Created in 1926, the Nationality Rooms Program (now called the Nationality Rooms & […]

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Tap your toes with ‘This Is Disco’ at Shaler North Hills Library
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September 6, 2019
Dance moves, wild lights, movie spin offs! Join us on Friday, September 13 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. for “This is Disco,” when DJ Rick Jankowski recalls the birth, life and redux of disco entertainment. Some say, ‘disco is dead’. Others say vital signs are strong. Put on your comfy shoes, have a seat, and explore this […]

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Shaler North Hills Library presents Hot Topics: Executor Do’s and Don’ts
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September 6, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library’s “Hot Topics: Legal Help in Plain Language” series returns with Carolyn Spicer Russ of Olds Russ Marquette & Peace, LLC.  Join us on Thursday, September 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for Executor Do’s and Don’ts. In personal and informal sessions, Russ helps demystify common topics that everyone will face at […]

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Nature series returns to Shaler North Hills Library with ‘Furs and Pelts’
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September 6, 2019
Shaler North Hill’s Library’s exciting series of nature-related workshops returns. Our Master Naturalists in Training will present interactive workshops on a variety of nature-related subjects. Pat Milliken and Gil Pielin are retired high school teachers, currently working on their certification as Master Naturalists. Join us on Tuesday, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  for “Furs and […]

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Shaler North Hills Library hosts Daycare and Preschool Appreciation Breakfast
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August 14, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library will host a Daycare and Preschool Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 8-10 a.m. (please stop in at your convenience) at the library. Daycare sites and preschools do so much for the children and families of our community. As a new season begins, we would like to thank you for […]

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Seeking crafty teens for SNHL’s Craft and Vendor Fair by Teens
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August 2, 2019
Shaler North Hills Library is seeking all crafty teens for our first Craft and Vendor Fair by Teens. Sunday, September 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM @ SNHL. A unique array of booths for the community to shop. The library is seeking teens ages 13-18 who wish to sell their wares to the public (crafts, baked goods, […]

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Trivia Night for Adults – Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
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August 2, 2019
How U Doing? 25th Anniversary of the Television Comedy Show Friends!  How well do you really know this show? Who’s your favorite character? What’s your favorite episode? Come test your knowledge on this fun Trivia Night with your own group of friends! $12 a team (up to 5 players) or $4 per person.  (Pay in […]

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Library Facilities Update
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August 2, 2019
For your safety… Our elevator is now 39 years old but it isn’t a happy birthday….it’s time for a major overhaul! The elevator is currently out of service. If you need accommodations to attend an event on the second floor, please call the Library at 412-486-0211. We will be bidding this project out, getting township […]

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The Friends of the Shaler North Hills Library Need YOU!
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August 2, 2019
The Friends of the Shaler North Hills Library actively work to make SNHL a better place. They annually donate over $20,000 through fundraisers, membership dues and raffles. ALL funds go towards library programming and the purchase of special items the library could not otherwise afford. Individual membership is only $15.00; $25.00 for a household. For […]

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The Back to School Wish Tree is back at Shaler Library
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August 2, 2019
Did you know that Shaler North Hills Library served over 110,000 kids, teens and adults at 3,001 programs in 2018? That’s a lot of glue sticks! ‘Tis the season for great sales on back-to-school supplies. Please consider donating new items to the library (through Labor Day or anytime) while doing your back-to-school shopping. Stop by […]

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Community Scavenger Hunt coming to Shaler North Hills Library
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August 2, 2019
The Great SNHL Community Scavenger Hunt is coming to the Shaler North Hills Library. The Hunt is open to everyone, everywhere! Who knows what we’ll ask?!! PICK UP THE LIST of objects, photos, clues and more at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the library. Or download via the library website, Twitter or Facebook by […]

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Shaler Library Car Cruise set to celebrate 11th anniversary
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August 1, 2019
It’s been 11 amazing years of free rock and roll, cars and fun! This year, dance to your favorite oldies with DJ Clint Stokes. Check out the coolest cruise cars. No registration required — just bring the family and your dancing shoes! There will be 50/50 and other raffles, hot dogs available for purchase, and […]

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Shaler Library’s Touch-a-Truck FUNdraiser to have character appearances
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August 1, 2019
While we are really bummed about the Regatta, perhaps an amazing Touch-a-Truck FUNdraiser to benefit your library will help fill the gap? We will be floating paper boats!! Chase from Paw Patrol is coming at noon! And The Incredible Hulk will be hitching a ride with Ferra Automotive on Sunday! Plus there will be lots […]

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