Thursday, April 28, 2011

Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Ligonier Valley Library!

Explore the past... the present... and the future of your Ligonier Valley Library on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

Photos and documents waiting to hang
in the Pa. Room Hallway
Meet President Abraham Lincoln, as the Pennsylvania Room unveils its 2011 Historic Photography Show - "Ligonier Valley Goes To War, 1861-1865 : The American Civil War."

Become acquainted with our newly renovated Community Room.

The celebration is free to the public. Desserts will be served. Please RSVP to or call 724-238-6451.

We hope all of our wonderful patrons and friends will stop by to help us celebrate and enjoy everything that has made 65 years of the Ligonier Valley Library so great.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lisa Scottoline visits Oakmont

Lisa Scottoline (pronounced scotto-lee-knee) is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 novels - the majority of which feature the beloved Rosato & Associates law firm. Deciding that the world needed a bit more humor, she broached the Philadephia Inquirer about writing a "Chick Wit" column. Her books Why my third husband will be a dog and My nest isn't empty, it just has more closet space are a compilation of those articles and feature contributions from daughter Francesca. Lisa is also the current president of Mystery Writer's of America.

On Monday, April 18, she made her 14th visit to the Oakmont area to talk about herself and her newest book, Save Me. The visit was sponsored by the Mystery Lovers Bookshop and held at the Oakmont Carnegie Library.

Set in a Pennsylvania suburb, Save Me is about the choice a mother, Rose McKenna, must make when an explosion in the school cafeteria forces her to decide between saving her own daughter or the little girl who has been bullying her daughter.

In true Lisa-fashion (which is a combination of seriousness and wit), she discussed how the plot idea for Save Me came about after a conversation with a friend. She also talked about the research that went into writing the novel. Lisa puts a high priority not only on good writing but on giving each of her stories a certain level of authenticity. Part of the research for this particular novel resulted in her having to spend many hours in the company of firemen - oh, the sacrifices such writers must make!

If you ever get the chance to meet Lisa Scottoline, you will not be disappointed. Lisa has a gift for touching your heart, and making you laugh until you cry. As an author, she loves her career choice and works hard at writing novels about strong, real characters who readers will hopefully enjoy spending time with. She also makes every effort at book signings to spend time chatting and posing for pictures. Lisa is a down-to-earth, Pennsylvania girl with a true love of her family and friends and her various animals... and who absolutely adores her fans.

Our library system has all of Lisa Scottoline's books in our collection. Stop by and check them out.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Titles & Tea returns on Wednesday, May 25th!

The Titles & Tea Book Discussion Group's hiatus is over!  The group will have its first meeting of 2011 in the newly renovated Community Room on Wednesday, May 25, at 3:00 pm.

In keeping with the library's commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Beginning of the American Civil War, they have chosen their reading selection to be........

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize this novel is substantiated by extensive research. Day by day, we learn how the officers at the Battle of Gettysburg felt about each other, their regiments, and the cause that led them all to that fateful place.

While you are here, we invite you to explore the 2011 Historic Photography Show, "Ligonier Valley Goes to War, 1861-1865: the American Civil War," that will still be showing in the Pennsylvania Room.  The opening reception is Tuesday, May 3, and the show runs until the 31st.  Come to the reception Tuesday at 6:00 pm to meet Abraham Lincoln, and get a first look at the new Community Room.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebate National Library Week, April 10-16

This week is National Library Week. The theme is Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.

Take a moment to comment to this Blog post, or tell someone, or even just think about what your local library means to you.  What are some of your favorite childhood memories of going to the library?  How about adult memories?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pilgrimage to Gettysburg - Deadline to register extended

There is still time to sign up for the Pilgrimage to Gettysburg trip!  The deadline for reservations & payment has been extended until Saturday, April 16th. 

Journey along with us on this wonderful one-day adventure. To learn more about the Pilgrimage, as well as the other events being held over the course of the photography show, visit the Historic Photography Show website.

The photography show will open on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm, with a reception and guest appearance by President Abe Lincoln (portrayed by Ralph Lincoln).

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pilgrimage to Gettysburg - April 9th registration deadline

The Ligonier Valley Library's Pennsylvania Room is planning a one-day bus trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for Friday, May 13. The trip is just one of the activities taking place during the 2011 Historic Photography Show - Ligonier Valley Goes To War, 1861-1865: The American Civil War - which will go on display from May 3 - 31, 2011.

The deadline to register for the Pilgrimage is Saturday, April 9th. The library is open from 10 am - 5 pm that day.

Those who journey on the pilgrimage will leave from St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier at 6am. Once in Gettysburg, they will travel the historic battlefields of Gettysburg and witness history come alive through the eyes of a Gettysburg National Military Park Licensed Guide. Your visit will include the Gettysburg Cyclorama, the Film "A New Birth of Freedom" and the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, all at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, a guided Battlefield Tour, a tour of the David Wills House, a box lunch, dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern, RT transportation, meal gratuity, and taxes.

The cost is $99 per person. You can download a Reservation Form and Trip Itinerary from this page or pick one up at the library. The reservation portion of the form and your payment need to be returned to the library no later than Saturday, April 9. Please make checks payable to the Ligonier Valley Library.

Seating is still available. Don't wait! Stop in today to reserve a spot on this amazing tour, and help us commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.