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Winter Reading Challenge:
Read for a Better World

January 1-February 28

Read 20 minutes a day, earn badges, get tickets for a chance to win a prize!

Register on Beanstack at butlerlibrary.beanstack.org

From January 1 to February 28, the Butler Area Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. "Read for a Better World" encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community has unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month of January through the challenge activities!

We challenge our patrons to read at least 600 minutes (that's only 20 minutes a day) during the months of January and February, and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site.

Thousands of libraries across the nation are encouraging their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Butler!

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Crafty Adults Grab-and-Go: Bookmarks

January 10

Snow many books....but did you get bookmarks?

Grab-and-go kits available in the lobby, starting January 10. 

One kit per adult, while supplies last.

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Library Game Day

January 22


Library Basement Meeting Room

Join us on Saturday, January 22, for our first Library Game Day of 2022. We will have board games and tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons.


The Friends of the Library will provide hotdogs, chips and water for $1.00 each. 

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Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

January 25

Drop in, 6-7pm

Bring a puzzle to swap a puzzle!

Puzzles must have all their pieces.

Drop-in from 6-7pm, no registration required.

Book Clubs

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No Shelf Control Book Club

1st Thursday of every month

February 3rd


Library Basement Meeting Room

February's selection: Read any Murder Mystery.


A new book club to challenge *yourshelf* in 2022! Each month we will vote on what kind of book to read from a list of suggestions.


Come back to book club to tell us what you read for the month. The good, the bad, the best, we want to hear it all...but please no spoilers! Meet new people, talk about books, read what you want - pretty easy, right? Adults 18 and over welcome to join.


For more details, contact Dianne at dmccauley@bcfls.org.

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Literary Classics Book Club

4th Thursday of every month

February 22nd


Basement Meeting Room

Join us for a new adult book club focusing on classic literature.


Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6pm, starting February 22nd.

February's pick is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. (Available from the library system, or as an ebook or audiobook through our eresources Libby and Hoopla.)


For more information, contact Dianne at dmccauley@bcfls.org

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I.D.E.A.L. Book Club
Announcing a brand new self-directed book club, exploring topics of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Each month, we will read a selection focusing on a title that challenges social norms, gives a voice to the voiceless, and is written by a member of an underrepresented group. 

January's pick is No More Nice Girls: Gender, Power, and Why It's Time to Stop Playing by the Rules by Lauren McKeon.

Participants can do the solo club using Beanstack and earn monthly badges. 

For more information, contact Tiffany at tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

Registration at butlerlibrary.beanstack.org
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Adult Literacy Program

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  • Basic reading and math skills for adults

  • GED preparation

  • Workforce Development

All instructional services are provided free of charge.


Assisted Living in Pennsylvania

Provides data for over 20,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 150 statewide.

Butler County Census Information

This link provides demographic information for Butler County.



The PA CareerLinks are one-stop offices providing an array of services on-site with staff from various state, federal, non-profit and other partner agencies. This link includes access to the Commonwealth Workforce Development System website.


Center for Community Resources, Inc.

The Center for Community Resources’ goal is to coordinate supportive services for individuals and families seeking information & referral for mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse and other human service needs.


PA Law Help

PALawHELP.org is a guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Pennsylvania. Here you can locate information on a variety of legal issues, as well as information on how to contact programs providing legal assistance in Pennsylvania. This includes basic eligibility and contact information for the programs proving free legal assistance in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Legal Forms

Included on this page are forms for filing civil complaints, private criminal complaints and notices of settlement when cases are privately resolved.


Retire Guide - What is Medicare?
This link will take you to a web article on the basics of Medicare; what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more.
Social Security Administration

This site provides online access to the diverse services offered by the Social Security Administration. Example services include retirement insurance, disability insurance, prescription drug benefits, supplemental security income, and public assistance and welfare services, among others.


Tutor.com offers one-to-one learning solutions for students through educational institutions such as colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and public and state libraries as well as through corporations for employee benefits and workforce development. We connect learners with qualified, expert tutors online, on-demand, 24/7/361. We provide tutoring services in more than 200 academic subjects and test preparation areas in an engaging and uplifting learning environment.

World History Encyclopedia

World History Encyclopedia is one of the world’s most-read history publications with nearly 30 million annual readers. Our non-profit organization's mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and improve history education worldwide. The encyclopedia is written at an academic level but is easy to read; we highlight the “story” aspect of history. Everything is searchable by keywords, categories, time periods and subject matter. We also publish videos and audio articles, giving people many different ways to learn about history.

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