Library Programs and Events

Library Summer Hours:

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will close at 2 PM on Saturdays during the summer months. The schedule for the other days remain the same with the Library being closed on Fridays and Sundays.

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

Kids Eat Free Program

The Kids Eat Free Program starts at the Library on Monday, June 17, 2019 and continues until August 9, 2019.
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM and lunch at 12:30 PM. Participants are asked to use the side entrance near the alley loading dock. Look for the signs!

Spring Book Sale

Books are now $1.00 a bag! Come get some great reading material.

The Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. Place the old cartridges in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the collection box, located near the front Circulation Desk. Cartridges being accepted include Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark and Sharp. A complete list of cartridge code numbers can be picked up at the Library.

Local Author Visit

Author Carrie Gessner will visit Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center on Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 AM. Her novels include The Stroke of Thirteen and the epic fantasy series The Heartfriends. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and publications. She will read selections from her books, talk about her writing, and answer questions.

Aviation Now and the Future of Space Travel – Apollo Moon Landing Golden Anniversary Program

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center, 326 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, will present a lecture by Robert Allison on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 6 PM. The program is entitled, “Aviation Now & the Future of Space”. The audio-visual presentation on aeronautics will cover the history of the Wright Brothers, dreams of going to the moon, the first moon landing, the future of space and more! Light refreshments will be served.

Book Club

The Monessen Public Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 10:30 AM. This month’s book is “The Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan. A New York Times best seller! Contact the Library to reserve a copy of the book! 724-684-4750.

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.

Job Corps Visit

A Jobs Corps representative will be at the Library on Thursday, June 13, 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.

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, June 17, 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.

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