Northern Tier Library offers vacation programs galore

Last year the pandemic restricted the Northern Tier Library Vacation Shop, but this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever! Offers include tickets to cultural events, holiday gifts, toys, books, “animated” baskets and more!

You can browse this year’s winter wonderland of themed trees on our website

Offers will be accepted until December 10 at 6 p.m. for Christmas trees and until December 17 at 6 p.m. for all other raffle items in the store.

All profits go to the library.

Vacation hours

Richland Center: The library will be closed from December 24 to 27. The library will also close at 4 p.m. on December 31 and will be closed on January 1 for the New Years holidays.

Pine Center: The Pine Center will be closed December 27-30.

Pine Tree Shoppes Bookmobile: Last day of service is December 17th. It will resume on January 7.

Pine Community Center Bookmobile: The last day of service is December 13th. It will resume on January 3.

Sale of ephemeral books

The Friends of the Library will be organizing an ephemeral book sale from December 11 to 18.

The Friends group will meet on January 4 at 10 a.m. The Friends have sponsored the annual used book sale and many other programs in support of the library. New members are welcome to join us!

For kids

Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy a simple, weekly take-out craft. Call or register online to reserve a weekly supply kit which can be picked up every Tuesday in our lobby and enjoyed at home.

The weekly project offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed at home, such as cooking, crafts, art, and STEM. Each week will feature a different take-home project that children can work on with their families.

A six-week session of these two take-out programs will be available every Tuesday until December 14. Both of these programs are aimed at children of all ages and registration is required each week to account for supplies.

Family history and recreation

Join us on the lower level for some history and playtime inside. The same program will be featured on different days twice a week, like the Fresh Air Story Times, and each week will feature a new theme. The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the lower level program room.

Everyone (from 2 years old) is asked to wear a face cover and to bring a blanket to sit on. The blanket will be on a carpeted floor and will be your space to maintain social distancing while sitting down to enjoy the program. The program dates are December 15th or 16th.

Registration is mandatory and encouraged to be early, as only 12 families will be able to attend a given session. Make sure you are there if you sign up. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate, but places will be very limited. This program is for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

The Vacation Take-Out Set will include a variety of vacation-themed crafts to make at home and share with your family. We will offer cookies to those who can pick up their package on December 22 between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you cannot come by this date, you can still request the crafts and collect them in the lobby, but no cookies will be offered after this date. This bundle is intended for children of all ages and registration is required by December 19 to account for supplies.

What is beyond our solar system? The Kuiper Belt? Planet 9? What is an Oort cloud? And for God’s sake, why would a cluster of galaxies have the Hawaiian name, Laniakea? Uncover more information and new mysteries in outer space at Natureology with Tony on December 14 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Registration is required and all participants aged 2 and over must wear a mask inside.

For teens, adults

Hello teens! Join us weekly at the Pine Center location for Maker Mondays, a program where you can create fun projects related to arts, crafts, electronics, sewing and more.

December 6: origami tree

December 13: Ornaments

December 20: mini-sleds

This program runs from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Pine Center at the Northern Tier Library.

The Richland location will be offering a take-out kit on the last Monday of each month which can be picked up inside the lobby and enjoyed at home. Each kit will include instructions and supplies for the presented project. This month is December 20: mini sleds.

Please call or register online to reserve a take-out kit. Registration is required to account for supplies.

Adult take-away kit

Celebrate the holidays with homemade decorations that you and your family can make together in the comfort of your own home. Take-out kits can be picked up after noon on December 21. Registration is required to account for supplies.

Bridget’s Book Club

When newly divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse without seeing it, she’s definitely looking for a change in her life, but Ivy hasn’t negotiated the amount of work. At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa Claus costume with a note in the pocket. It is from a little girl who has a Christmas wish that her father comes home after the war. This discovery sets Ivy on a mission. Who wrote the note? Has the man ever come home? What mysteries did this family hold? Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, and she may well find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming city, a reunited family, a mystery solved, and a second chance in love.

Join Bridget’s Book Club at 7 pm on December 8 for a holiday talk about “The Santa Suit” by Mary Kay Andrews.

Knitting Lit

Do you knit, crochet, or craft in any way? If not, would you like to learn? Beginners are invited to come and learn; experienced artisans are welcome to bring a project to work on. Everyone is invited to bring their latest book to talk about it!

This group will meet on December 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. inside the library in the new books section. Registration is compulsory.

Diversity Book Club

Welcome to a volunteer-initiated book club that takes place at the Northern Tier Library every other Saturday in December.

This book club encourages high school students to read and discuss children’s books by various authors on a variety of topics. Featured story topics will include women’s empowerment and disabilities. Afterwards, anyone can participate in a related activity.

The children’s books featured are aimed at young children (ages 4-10), although the book club itself caters to high school students.

Third session: Empowerment of women

Date: December 4, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


• “Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio

• “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World” by Kate Pankhurst

• “The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do” by Ashley Spiers

Activity: Decorate paper dolls with capes

Fourth session: Handicap

Date: December 18, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


• “Daddy has a wheelchair” by Ken Jasch

• “Proud to be deaf” by Lilli Beese and Nick Beese

• “In Search of Sarah” by Glenna Lang

Activity: “Hello, my name is” in ASL

All participants are required to wear a mask and hand sanitizer will be available in the program. Registration is compulsory.

RAD Pass

What is the RAD Pass? This is an online ticket lending system that allows Allegheny County library card holders aged 18 and over to access free or discounted tickets to regional attractions! RAD Pass helps to make the cultural resources of our region available and accessible to all. Check it online by visiting

Membership opportunities

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have created three new community access memberships for local teens. Sign up for a free teen membership to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the Carnegie Museums membership community throughout the year. These free memberships are available for teens who want to learn, be challenged, and feel inspired by new experiences. To be eligible, teens must be between 13 and 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians must consent and agree to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh conditions on the registration page. These free benefits are valid for one adolescent named by membership and do not extend to parents, legal guardians, caregivers, family members or additional guests.

For the registration page and additional details on this free membership opportunity for teens, visit:

Planning ahead for college

PSAT scores will start to be available by the second week of December. Now is the perfect time to start implementing your college admissions strategy. On December 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Axios Tutoring will explain what colleges are looking for and what is changing and what is not changing in admissions. This seminar is ideal for second and third cycle parents. This program will be limited to 40 participants and registration is mandatory. All participants must wear masks.

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