Beginning Tuesday, August 30 through Tuesday, September 27, the library was chosen by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to host the exhibit Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era. This national traveling exhibition explores the Civil War and issues of slavery through political cartoons depicting Abraham Lincoln and his policies. These cartoons are vividly biting; they invite us to put aside twenty-first-century assumptions and look at events through the eyes of people living in the era. Among the highlights are: a California printing of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln and political cartoons relating to the election of 1860. As Americans continue to debate the legacy of slavery, these cartoons provide a historical point of reference for current events. The public is invited to view the exhibit during library hours.
The need for blood products in our region is critical, especially with Labor Day approaching. The Central Blood Bank will be conducting a Blood Drive at the library on Wednesday, August 24 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. All participating donors will receive an “I Bleed Black and Gold” Steelers t-shirt.
Appointments can be made by visiting www.centralbloodbank.org. Click on “Donate Blood” and then “Make an Appointment” and search for group code C594. You may also call 1.866.366.6771. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Remember to eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of fluids, and get a good night’s rest before donating. Bring a valid ID to your appointment. Each donation helps save three lives!
Over 700 persons filled the Peters Township High School for Your Property Reassessment: What Does It Mean? on Monday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. Library staff organized the event to help residents understand the recent property reassessment that was conducted in Washington County.
Guest speakers for this event included Commissioner Harlan G. Shober, Jr., County Director of Administration Scott Fergus, and Attorney Susan Key. Topics discussed included:
- The Status of Washington County’s reassessment
- The Appeal Process: How it Works
- How to Look at Your Property Values
- Examples of Assessed Values vs. Millage Rates/Taxe
The program was videotaped by Peters Township Community Television and can be viewed here. It is also being broadcast locally on Channel 7 or Channel 38. Check the current broadcast schedule for dates and times.
If property owners are not satisfied with the new value, they may submit an appeal with the Washington County Board of Assessment Appeals not later than Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Visit the Property Reassessment Information on the library web site for links to the online resources discussed during the program.
This week’s big event is a Sports and Fitness Magic Show with Gregory Bracco on Saturday, July 16 from 2-3 pm. The whole family is invited!
Register online or call 724.941.9430 to let us know you will be coming!
Get a glimpse of what we have in store for you this week! For more details about the programs listed in this slide show, visit the Events Calendar page on this web site.
Our pollinators have arrived! Take a look at our pollinator garden the next time you visit the library. The garden is located outside in the grassy area on your left before you enter our main doors. We’ve added lots of new flowering plants this year and are beginning to welcome bees, butterflies and other winged friends. If you’d like to learn more about this special type of garden, you will want to read The bee-friendly garden : design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity by Frey, Kate from our collection. Request a copy today!