Library Programs and Area Events

Library Hours:

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

In Memory of
The Library is saddened to learn of the passing of former employee, Beatrice M. Noyes Yakem, at the age of 94. Bea worked at the Circulation Desk for many years. May she rest in peace.

The Friends of the Library

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Friends of the Library are planning a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the month of May.  Tickets are $10 each and can be used on any day during May at Felicia’s Restaurant, on Schoonmaker Avenue, except for Mother’s Day.  Tickets go on sale on April 1.  Buy several and supper is ready!

A Mini Boutique will be featured

The Friends of the Library are having a mini Spring Boutique to be held until April 6, 2019.  A great chance to pick up gifts and spring decorations at reasonable prices.

Wicked Pittsburgh Book Talk!

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will host author, Richard Gazarik on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 1 PM. He will discuss his book, “Wicked Pittsburgh”. Muckraking journalist Walter Liggett dubbed Pittsburgh the “Metropolis of Corruption” in 1930 when he reported the city had more vice per square foot than New York, Detroit, Cleveland or Boston. Join author Richard Gazarik as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City.

Book Club

The Monessen Public Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 10:30 AM. This month’s book is “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle •Chicago Tribune • The Christian Science Monitor • Publishers Weekly. Contact the Library to reserve a copy of the book! 724-684-4750.

Spring Book Sale

In honor of National Library Week, the annual Spring Book Sale will be featured. Hardbacks are fifty cents each and paperbacks are twenty five cents each. Stock up for spring reading under the trees in the back yard.

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on April 15, 2019, at 5:30 PM. New members welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The group will discuss genealogy in the news and showcase interesting websites.

Job Corps Visit

A Jobs Corps representative will be at the Library on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 10 AM to Noon. If you are interested, please contact Cherie at 412-773-3259. The mission of the Job Corps is to help young adults attain the necessary skills for employment or further education.

Free Adult Education Classes

PA Career Link and the Westmoreland Library Network are partnering with Intermediate Unit 1 to provide free adult education classes at the Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 PM to 3:30 PM. The classes are structured to improve reading, writing, and math skills necessary for the GED exams, post-secondary entrance exams and for obtaining jobs.

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