Library Programs and Area Events

Summer Library Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday : 9-7
  • Thursday : 9-5
  • Friday: closed
  • Saturday : 9-2
  • Sunday: closed

Please Note: Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will close at 2 PM on Saturdays during the summer months.

Free Summer Feeding Program

The Library will host a FREE Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program from June 18 through August 10. It will operate Monday through Friday for children up to the age of 18 and features hot and cold meals. Breakfast will be served during the hours of 9-10 AM. Lunch will be served from 12-1 PM. Entrance is through the back side door next to the alley. The program is funded by the USDA and the Westmoreland County Food Bank.


From Memorial Day through Labor Day, fines will not be charged to anyone under the age of 18. Have fines on your account? Register for Summer Reading and have them waived!

Daddy Dino Dig and Dinosaur Encounter

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Daddy Dino Dig and Dinosaur Encounter will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 10:30 AM to Noon It will feature workshops and digging for dino eggs, fossils and bones.  Meet Anzu, the walking dinosaur!  The program is free to the public. 

Monthly Author Series

The next program in the Monessen Library Author Series will be Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 12:00 PM. (Please note the change in time from previous month) and feature local author, Cat Bruno. “The Girl from the North” was Cat Bruno’s first full-length venture into fantasy writing, although she has been an avid and loyal reader of sci-fi/fantasy books for many years, especially traditional epic fantasy. Now, with her Pathway of the Chosen series, Ms. Bruno gives voice to the characters she long dreamed of creating. Her focus has always been on imagining strong, if imperfect, female characters and bringing diversity to the fantasy genre. The Pathway of the Chosen as a series will most likely be a long one, just as long as the journeys of many of its characters. Many who are unfamiliar with fantasy might be encouraged to read “The Girl from the North” and “Daughter of the Wolf”, as the central themes are ones with which most of us can relate. The third book, “Queen of Stars and Shadows” was released in November 2016 and quickly became a bestseller in epic fantasy on Amazon.

Special Daytime Musical Performance

The Library will host a wonderful daytime program on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 11 AM.  Sean Gaskell will perform traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.  Registration is required.

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 5:30 PM.  New members are welcome.  “Genealogy” in the news and interesting websites will be discussed, as well as personal family tree research.  Light refreshments will be served.

Monessen Crochet/Knitting Club

The Monessen Library Knitting/Crochet Club will meet on Wednesday, June 13 and 27, 2018, at 6 PM.  All are welcome.  Bring your projects!

MPL Board of Trustees

Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 PM.

Ongoing Programs

Many groups and organizations meet at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center each month, including:

  • Black Diamonds
  • Highmark
  • Mon Valley Genealogy Forum
  • Overeaters Anonymous
  • NAR-ANON (for those affected by drug use in a family member or friend)

The Library has a subscription to for use in genealogical research. It is the largest genealogy company in the world and operates a network of genealogical, historical record and genetic genealogy websites. The company claims to provide access to approximately 16 billion historical records, and have over 2 million paying subscribers and, as of February 2018, more than seven million AncestryDNA customers. The company also claims that its user-generated content tallies to more than 70 million family trees, and that subscribers have added more than 200 million photographs, scanned documents, and written stories. The database is only available in the Library.

Monessen Library App

The Monessen Public Library now has an APP for your phone! To download the APP, Android users should use “Play Store” and IPhone users should use the “IStore”. Search for “Monessen Public Library.” If you have any questions please call the library at 724-684-4750.

Social Media

Monessen Library is expanding our social media presence!  Check us out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Here is a partial list of some services that Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center can offer you:

  • Photocopying
  • Faxing
  • Meeting room space
  • DVD rentals
  • Audio books
  • Large print books
  • Free computer access
  • Magazines
  • National and local newspapers
  • Study areas
  • Comfortable reading spaces
  • Tutoring room
  • Genealogy
  • Adult programs
  • Children’s programming
  • Cultural events
  • E-books
  • Interlibrary loan service to request materials from other libraries
  • Community center to interact with others