Library Offers Book Discussions, Computer Help in January

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Carnegie Library of McKeesport has posted programs for January, including a talk by a local author, a new current affairs discussion group, and the latest installment for its "Reading Social" book club.

For more information about these programs or any event at the library, call (412) 672-0625 or visit

All events are at the main library, 1507 Library Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Current Events Group: "Cover Stories" is a new discussion group that will meet at 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month to select a topic in the news, find news articles and feature stories about that topic, and meet to discuss those articles and the topic.

The topic for Jan. 19 is "Equality in the Workplace."

The group is intended for adults and registration is requested by calling (412) 672-0625.

Local Author: Local author Earl Johnson Jr. will discuss his book, "Sins of My Father" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the library.

Johnson's book describes his childhood, growing up poor in California with 16 siblings in a two-bedroom house, and overcoming his father's destructive behavior and the lure of the streets.

In addition to his life story, Johnson will describe the process of getting the book published. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is advance is requested by calling (412) 672-0625.

'Reading Social': In January, the book club will be reading and discussing, "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The discussion will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lifespan in Olympia Shopping Center. The book may be borrowed for free from the library.

Daytime Movie: The daytime movie for 10 a.m. Jan. 23 is "Logan Lucky" (2017), a comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who set out to rob a major NASCAR race. The movie is free and is shown in the children's department, lower level, but is intended for adults.

Registration is not required but people planning to attend should bring a pillow to sit on.

Computer Classes: Basic computer skills classes will be offered on Friday afternoons beginning this month. There will be five sessions in total, lasting 20 minutes each. The classes are free, but registration is required, and attendees should mention what kinds of skills they want to learn. The sessions are open to all ages. To register, call Mary Rose Bendel at (412) 672-0625.

Job Placement Services: Representatives of PA CareerLink are at the library from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, except for a half-hour lunch break each day.

Services include registration for the state's JobGateway service, resume help, job interview preparation, career counseling, veteran services information and information for individuals with disabilities. No registration is necessary.

Originally published January 09, 2018.

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