2024 Summer Learning Program For Adults: Adventure Begins At Your Library

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Summer isn’t just for the kids you know! Partake in special programming, experience kits, reading challenges, plus a party to finish the summer in style at Northern Tier Regional Library. We’ll also have our regularly scheduled programming throughout the summer too. 

Don’t forget you can log your activity and reading with Beanstack to be entered into our prize giveaways. Click here for more information about Beanstack and how to turn your summer learning into prizes.



Quick Links

Register for programs on our library calendar webpage here

View the online edition of the library summer newsletter here



Special Summertime Programs



Beginner's Only

Tuesdays @ 10:00AM

Have you ever wanted to try a new hobby, but it felt too intimidating to start on your own? That is the idea behind this ages 13 and up group that will meet in the spirit of trying new things!

Registration is required, and some weeks require a small fee for material costs that can be paid in person before the event.

June 11:  Flower Arrangements ($5 fee)
June 18: Drawing with Oil Pastels
June 25:  Watercolor Painting
July 2:  Mocktail Creations
July 9:  Sewing Machines
July 16:  Learning Language Basics
July 23:  Sourdough Starter ($5 fee)
July 30:  Woodburning



Weekly Wednesday Night Programs

Wednesdays @ 6:30PM

Notes: July 3rd will be a Take-Home Kit and not a program; registration required for all except the ‘Library Knits’ sessions

June 12:  Bridget’s Book Club
An ode to the magic of libraries, friendship, and community. Join us for a
discussion of What You Are Looking For is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama.

June 19: Library Knits
Knit or crochet a hat, scarf, or both for someone in our community. These items will be collected throughout the summer for KnitHope, a Pittsburgh organization that distributes handmade knits to those in need, as we’ve done in the past. For more info, check out their website at knithope.org.

June 19: What’s in a Name?
We are surrounded by names that we see or hear every day and never think about. Most of these places and things have names of historical significance, and many have fascinating stories. Northern Tier Library and the Richland History Group invite you to this presentation by Steve Cicero. 

June 26:  Altered Composition Book Nature Journal
Unleash your natural creativity on an ordinary composition book to transform it into a beautiful nature journal. Employ a variety of materials to decorate pages, create pockets, and add inserts and tabs. There is a suggested donation of $5 for materials.

July 3:  Adult Coloring Take-Home Kit
Mindful coloring helps you focus on the present moment to reduce stress and anxiety. Register for one of our take-home coloring kits that can be picked up inside our lobby on Wednesday, July 3.

July 10:  Bridget’s Book Club
In this book featuring a dual timeline, two generations of women are left with picking up the pieces after book thefts happen in the New York Public Library. Join us for a book discussion of The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis.

July 17:  Library Knits
Show off your finished projects for KnitHope! Place your item in a Ziploc bag with a label that states whether it is adult or child sized, and our group’s name: Knit Lit at Northern Tier Regional Library. If you haven’t finished yet, don’t worry! We will be collecting items until Friday, September 27.

July 24:  Downsizing After Decades: Keys to a Smooth Transition
Are you contemplating a downsizing move, but are unsure where to begin? Embark with confidence in this workshop presented by Kristen Whalen from Simplified Professional Organizing.

July 31:  Bargello Creation
Bargello is a forgotten needlecraft popular in the 60s and 70s. One simple stitch is repeated in eye-popping patterns and bold colors. Learn how to make earrings or keychains, whichever you prefer.



World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 8th @ 1:00PM

Knitters and crocheters can celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day with us in the library’s new book area! Knitters, crocheters, and all yarn enthusiasts are encouraged to participate and bring a project to work on. Registration is requested. 



Puzzle Swap

June 18th @ 6:00PM

Do you have a puzzle or two you’ve completed and are ready to start something new? Instead of purchasing a new one, Pittsburgh Puzzle Exchange is hosting a swap at the library! Bring as many puzzles as you wish to swap and take as many “new” ones as you brought. Registration is requested.



Embroidery Take-Home Kit

July 19th

Learn how to embroider this summer with a simple take-home kit
that can be picked up in our lobby! There is a limit of one kit per family, so please register in advance so we can account for supplies.



Board & Tabletop Game Nights

June 20th & July 18th 6:30PM 

Bring a new game, your favorite game, or whatever you want in tabletop gaming! The library will provide a few games as well. For ages 13 and up. Registration is required.

Trivia Time

Compete in teams of up to four to win a prize. These programs are 21+ and BYOB. Tickets are $5 per person, or $15 for a team of four, and payment is required upon registration.

June 7th @ 6:00PM

Tropical Adventure
Test your expertise on all things tropical just in time for the summer. 

August 2nd @ 6:00PM

Among the Stars
Test your expertise in astronomy, astrology, and science fiction.


Notary Service

July 16th @ 5:00PM

Northern Tier will have Notary Public Donna Herrle, a member of the PA
Association of Notaries, from Notary in Your Neighborhood at the library on Tuesday, July 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to notarize your documents. Check the library’s online calendar for more information on what services are included and not. While there is no fee for this program, there is a suggested donation of $1 to $20. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome!



RAD Pass Summer Staycation


Starting in May, some of Pittsburgh’s favorite attractions will offer more than 100,000 free admissions this summer through RADPass. All you need is an Allegheny County library card and a reservation made on radpass.org to take advantage. Note: Cardholders living in other counties are limited to which passes they can get of those listed below. 

Available attractions include:

  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • The Frick Pittsburgh
  • Heinz History Center
  • Mattress Factory
  • National Aviary
  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Ticket offers from many of Pittsburgh’s favorite attractions will begin to appear on radpass.org starting May 1, and reservations can be made starting May 15. During the run of RAD Summer Staycation through the end of August, these attractions will provide more than 100,000 free tickets.


ACLA Experience Kits

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Northern Tier Library has partnered with the Heinz Center Affiliates Program and other Allegheny County libraries to offer free admission for up to two adults and six children (under 18) to a number of museums and historical sites around Pittsburgh.

Experience kits are passes that can be checked out for one week at a time beginning June 1. Passes must be returned to Northern Tier Library.

This year’s sites include:

  • Heinz History Center (+Fort Pitt Museum & Meadowcroft)
  • Historic Fort Steuben
  • Fort Ligonier
  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
  • Braddock’s Battlefield History Center
  • Depreciation Lands Museum

Be on the lookout for additional virtual programs held throughout the summer with our experience kit partners!

For more specific information such as the operating hours at these locations, please visit https://aclalibraries.org/experience-kits/

Visit a museum and enter to win a prize!
Each time you visit a museum site using an Experience Kit, you can enter to win our grand prize! Complete the raffle entry form here for each site you have visited by October 31, 2024. 


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Summer Passport Program

It is time for an adventure in your own community! The Summer Passport Program will have activities that get everyone out visiting spots in our community and experiencing nature. Booklets can be picked up at Richland Township Building, Pine Township Building, Pine Community Center, and Northern Tier Library.

This program will run from June 1 through August 16, and is designed for children ages 4 to 12. Completed booklets can be turned in at any location for a reward, and the first 100 to finish will receive a prize bag.



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Bookmark Challenge

Complete six tasks on your bookmark, and receive a free book coupon for our Book
Sale. Complete the whole bookmark, and we will add a book to the library’s collection in your honor!

Turn in your bookmark by the last day of the Summer Learning Program for credit.