Library Programs and Area Events
Library Summer Hours
The Library will resume Summer Hours on Thursday, June 1, 2017:
- Monday – Wednesday : 9-7
- Thursday : 9-5
- Friday: closed
- Saturday : 9-2
- Sunday: closed
Come to a Birthday Party! – Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 10 AM
The Greater Monessen Historical Society is gearing up for the one hundred seventy-fifth birthday celebration of Monessen Founder and Civil War hero, Colonel James Martinus Schoonmaker. On Saturday, June 24, 2017, GMHS will provide free cake from 10 AM until 1 PM, at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center. A special cake cutting will be held at 10 AM with local officials.
Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania – Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 11:30 AM – 1 PM
UFO & Bigfoot Researcher and Author, Stan Gordon, will present an illustrated lecture called, “Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania,” and will cover a history of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other strange incidents that have occurred in Westmoreland County and the surrounding Pittsburgh area, as well as statewide. Some of the topics covered will include the 1965 UFO crash-landing near Kecksburg, PA. The year 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of that historic event.
Also discussed will be the massive wave of UFO & Bigfoot activity that occurred in 1973, low level UFO encounters, mini-UFOs, and strange creature reports. Stan will also give an update on more recent strange encounters that he has been investigating. He will also have a display of UFO & Bigfoot information (when feasible) and will be doing a book & DVD signing.
Monessen Crochet/Knitting Club – Wednesday, June 14 and 28, 2017
All knitters and/or crocheters are encouraged to attend the meetings on Wednesday, June 14 and 28, 2017. Bring your projects! New members welcome.
Mon Valley Genealogy Forum – Monday, June 20, 2017 – 5:30 PM
The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, June 20, 2017, at 5:30 PM. The group is open to anyone interested in genealogy. Light refreshments will be served. The group will discuss the latest articles regarding “genealogy in the news”, new research sites, and family histories.
One Book/One Community – Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 10:30 AM
The Westmoreland Library Network will present the annual One Book/One Community book lecture at Monessen Library on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 10:30 AM. This year’s selection is “Arthur and Sherlock” by Michael Sims, Greensburg Author. It tells the story of how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the most famous detective of all time. Please contact the Library and register to receive a loaned copy of the book to read and participate
Fundraiser Calendar tickets are available at the Circulation Desk for a donation of $30. Each ticket has two numbers with 368 chances to win between July 1 and December 31, 2017.
MPL Board of Trustees
Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 PM.
Many groups and organizations meet at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center each month, including:
- Black Diamonds
- Mon Valley Genealogy Forum
- Overeaters Anonymous
- NAR-ANON (for those affected by drug use in a family member or friend)
NEW 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.
All book lovers welcome! While this is an E-Book Club, those who prefer physical books are still encouraged to join! Discussion will be mostly online here.
What’s Happening In Monessen & the Mon Valley this Month?
If you aren’t sure what events are scheduled in town or the valley this weekend or during the month, then stop at Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center! Upcoming events are posted on the community bulletin board. We also have flyers dropped off by organizations with information. The Mon Valley Independent is available at the Circulation Desk to read and see what is listed. Copies of the Messenger are near the door, along with the California Focus newspaper.
Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center has subscriptions to the following local newspapers:
- Connellsville Daily Courier
- Washington Observer Reporter
- Uniontown Herald Standard
- Mount Pleasant Journal
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Pittsburgh Business Times
- USA Today
- Catholic Accent (Greensburg Diocese)
- Pittsburgh Catholic (Pittsburgh Diocese)
- Byzantine Catholic World (Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh)
These newspapers can be read at the Library to keep abreast of local news and obituaries.
As the Cultural Center, we are the place to stop. While you are here, look around at what other resources are offered. There are many local newspapers to read, as well as magazines. Borrow a DVD of a great old movie or tv show. Check out the ongoing book sale in the Book Nook. Grab a copy of a paperback love story to enjoy on the porch.
The children’s room is filled with books to stir the imaginations of young minds. There are also coloring sheets for our beginning young artists. The Library offers photocopying and fax service for a small cost. Public computers can connect you to the world.
Pet Memorials Now Available!
Our pets are important members of our families. When they pass on, there is an empty void in our lives.
Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center is now offering pet memorials, as a lasting way of remembering a beloved pet.
Donations to the fund will be used to purchase materials for the Children’s and Teen collection. Items purchased with these donations will have a special gift plate inscribed with the name of the pet, the pet owner, and donor. Letters of acknowledgement are sent to the donor and the pet owner. It’s a great way to acknowledge the importance of your pet and assist the Library in providing new and educational materials for our children.