Library Programs and Area Events

Library Hours:

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

Friends of the Library

  • The Friends are currently selling “ENJOY” books for $30.00. Get yours today at the circulation desk!
  • The annual HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE will be open on Monday, November 5th. The Friends are accepting donations of Xmas decorations and new or gently used items for the sale.
  • The 1st Annual GREYHOUND CLASSIC TRIVIA CONTEST will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 PM.  Applications to enter a team of 4-6 members are available at the library.  Cost is $15 per person.

Domestic Violence Program

Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will present a program through the Blackburn Center on Tuesday October 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM. The program is entitled, “Break the Silence” and will deal with all aspects of Domestic Violence. Come to the library to learn about domestic violence, the barriers that survivors must overcome and the supportive services that are available to survivors, loved ones, and the community.

Monthly Local Author Series 

A.M. Rycroft, the award winning author of multiple dark fantasy books and horror short stories, will be at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 2 PM.

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, October 15, 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.

Knitting/Crochet Club

All knitters and/or crocheters are encouraged to attend the meetings on Wednesday, October 10 and 24, 2018, at 6 PM. Bring your projects!

Trivia Challenge

Join us for the first Greyhound Classic Ultimate Trivia Challenge! Test your thinking ability and “smarts”. Represent your business, school, organization or community. Support the efforts of the Friends of Monessen Public Library, the Monessen Band Parents Association and the Monessen Education Association on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Monessen High School Gymnasium. Form a team having 4 to 6 players. Cost is $15 per player. Spectators can attend for $5. Be a sponsor, if not a player. Contact Karen Cosner, at Monessen Public Library, 724-684-4750.

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. 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)

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