Library Programs and Area Events

Library Hours:

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

Christmas Schedule

The Library will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018, as well as Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Friends of the Library are currently selling “ENJOY” books for $30.00. Get yours today at the circulation desk!

There is still a great selection of items at the Friends of the Library annual Holiday Boutique.  You will be amazed by the low cost at which you can deck the halls and buy presents for your family and friends!  There is a huge assortment of beautiful ornaments, holiday decorations, jewelry, purses, scarves —- and much more.  The Holiday Boutique is open during the hours of 10:00 to 3:00 every day that the Library is open.

Day of Giving

The Library thanks everyone who supported the annual day of giving (Give Big, Pittsburgh) for Monessen Public Library held on November 27, 2018.  If you still wish to donate go to:

Final Local Author

The Local Author Series closes with M. E. Sutton/Liz Milliron on Saturday December 8th at 1:00 pm. Mary Sutton has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people’s stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction. She writes the HERO’S SWORD middle-grade fantasy adventure series as M.E. Sutton and crime fiction as Liz Milliron. Her short fiction has been published at, in LUCKY CHARMS: 12 CRIME TALES, BLOOD ON THE BAYOU (the 2016 Bouchercon anthology) and will appear in FISH OUT OF WATER from the Sisters in Crime Guppy chapter (Spring 2017) and MYSTERY MOST HISTORICAL, from Malice Domestic (Spring 2017). Like her LAUREL HIGHLANDS characters, Mary lives in Southwestern PA (but, unfortunately, she doesn’t have a dog). She is a member of Sisters in Crime. 

Knitting/Crochet Club

All knitters and/or crocheters are encouraged to attend the meetings on Wednesday, December 12 and 26, 2018, at 6 PM.  Bring your projects!

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will NOT meet in December or January.

Join us and Recycle

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center is joining together with the high school and city hall to collect and recycle plastic bags.  The collection will run through Earth Day of 2019.  A collection box is near the reference desk.  The recycling center will recycle the plastics for use in making outdoor furniture.

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)

Memorial Book Program

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center wants to remind friends and patrons of the library’s memorial and remembrance program.

A book can provide a lasting tribute to the memory of a loved one or provide a unique way to honor special events such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, or other special occasions. Your tax deductible gift to the library will not only be a lasting memorial, but will also bring enjoyment and knowledge to the community. The Library also does pet memorial books for the loss of a furry family member.

Each gift book will have a special bookplate which gives the name of the person to whom the book is dedicated and the name of the donor. The library will also send a letter to the person being honored or the surviving family.

Donors may suggest a specific title or have the librarian choose a title in a designated subject area. New and popular fiction provides an excellent source for the deceased being remembered through maximum circulations of the item. The minimum donation for a memorial book is $25.00, through which the library chooses a book. For a $30.00 or more donation, the patron may choose a specific subject.

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