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.

Labor Day Closing

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will be closed on September 3, 2018 for Labor Day.

Join us for the Fashion Show

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center is sponsoring a fashion show fundraiser on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2 PM. The event will be held at the air- conditioned library, 326 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA. Parking is available in the library parking lot at Third and Donner, or on the street in front of the library building. Fashion apparel will be featured from Prima Diva Boutique and Zelenski’s Bridal and Prom Shoppe. Highlighted clothing will be shown for women of all ages, from teen to maturity. Tickets are limited and available for a donation of $20 at the library or by calling 412-427-9171. Light refreshments will be served.

Monthly Author Series

The monthly Series will feature local author, K.W. Taylor on Saturday, August 18 at 12:00 pm. K.W. Taylor has over fifty publication credits. Her first science fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers, was released by Dog Star Books in 2016. She has short stories in a few anthologies, as well as many print and electronic magazines. Taylor’s two short novellas, “The House on Concordia Drive” and “We Shadows Have Offended” were released in 2014 and 2011 respectively. Taylor serves on several panels for local, regional and international literary grant awards and writing contests, and graduated from the innovative Writing Popular Fiction MFA program at Seton Hill University in 2015. Taylor teaches college English and Women’s Studies in Dayton, Ohio.

Kids News:

  • FREE Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program will end on August 10.
  • After August 13, please check Children’s calendar for new schedules for programs!

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, August 20 2018, 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.

Monessen Crochet/Knitting Club

All knitters and/or crocheters are encouraged to attend the meetings on Wednesday, August 8 and 22, 2018. 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)

Monessen Veteran Banners

Working with the Monessen Veterans Council, the Library will accept applications to honor a veteran of any war with a banner that will be exhibited along the city streets. The cost of each banner will be $100 with a check payable to “Monessen Public Library”. Yard banners are available for $15. When returning the application, please bring a good quality photo to be scanned along with your check.

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