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“The year is done. I spread the past three hundred sixty-five days before me on the living room carpet… I fold the good days up and place them in my back pocket for safekeeping. Draw the match. Cremate the unnecessary. The light of the fire warms my toes. I pour myself a glass of warm water to cleanse myself for January. Here I go. Stronger and wiser into the new.”

– Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers 

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on all the good days from 2021.

Here are just a few highlights: 

We welcomed people back into both our Edgewood and Forest Hills branches! 

Children of all ages enjoyed a full slate of outdoor programming in the nice weather, from listening to stories and singing songs to making tie-dyed t-shirts, solving puzzles and doing STEAM projects. We were then able to safely move indoors for Family Storytime, Makerspace Mondays and other kids' activities.

Members of the Teen Group received Labsy Awards honorable mentions for their podcast "The Portal Hoppers: An Ongoing Podcast Adventure," and youth services library assistant Allison Sennott, who leads the Teen Group, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Library Association with a Best Practices Award. 

Our adult programming continued online with book clubs, knitting group, poetry readings, our new Journaling Group and our first-ever town hall with local Edgewood council and mayoral candidates just before the election. 

We also launched our Library Cards For All program, putting a public library card in the hands of every student in the Woodland Hills School District. Read more about it and check out the news coverage from the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review here! 

Then at the beginning of this month we brought back our annual Arts & Crafts Fair and enjoyed the festive decorations, music and the work of so many talented local artists. 

You also showed us how much you value your local library with your generous gifts this year, most recently during Give Big Pittsburgh when you helped us raise $8,540 and smash our goal of $6,000. We're so grateful for all your support throughout the year. It is because of you that we can continue doing what we do.

Thank you!

We've got lots in store for the next year, so be sure to stay tuned here, on the website and social media for the latest, but for now let us say Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from your friends at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library! We wish you the very best heading into 2022!
WE'RE HIRING!!!

C.C. Mellor Library has a part-time position available for someone to help us keep our lovely old building clean.  We have a 110-year-old facility that is shared between the C.C. Mellor Library and the Edgewood Club.  We are looking for someone to help us care for the common areas in between.  This is a very part-time position, approximately six hours a week on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule during hours that the library is closed.  Please submit a letter of interest to Erin Pierce, Library Director at piercee@einetwork.net.   
Face masks are required at both our Edgewood and Forest Hills branches.

Complimentary masks are available at the desk at both locations. 
Are you ready to bring your library borrowing into the 21st century, but aren't sure how? We can help with that! 

If the only thing stopping you from accessing our digital ebook, audiobook and other collections via Libby and Hoopla is knowing how to use the library lending apps, this is the place for you. CCM is offering tech help appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays from Jan. 4 to Feb. 4 to get you started on your phone, e-reader or tablet. 

Slots are limited, so reserve your spot today by calling us at (412) 731-0909, stopping by the second floor circulation desk or emailing Cameron Bloom at bloomc@einetwork.net. Appointment times are 30 minutes. Tuesday appointments are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday appointments are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

C.C. Mellor Memorial Library presents the launch party for Old Wood Shop (Impspired Books, 2021), a hybrid collection of photographs and poems by Jim Hutt and Charlie Brice. They will be joined by West Virginia poet and novelist Ace Boggess, and California poet and artist Joyce Savre. Join on Zoom or watch on Facebook at 7 p.m. EST.

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Free income tax preparation

CCM hosts AARP volunteers who provide free income tax preparation.  This service is intended for senior citizens and uncomplicated tax returns.  We do not cap income, but individuals who are able to afford an accountant should seek those services.   

CCM will start taking tax appointments on Monday, January 3rd.  Appointments will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Appointments fill early, please do not wait to schedule yours!  

Have you always wanted to keep a journal, but had a hard time staying consistent? You’re not the only one! Our journaling group meets on Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month to try out fun prompts and practice new styles. We also post the writing prompts for the upcoming meeting on our website. 

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Our Edgewood address is:
1 Pennwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15218
(412) 731-0909

Our Forest Hills address is:
4400 Greensburg Pike, 15218
In the Forest Hills Borough Building

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