Library Programs and Events

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Educational Forum

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM, Diana Briggs, the founder of PA Compassionate Caregivers will speak at the Library and give an overview of the PA Medical Marijuana Program. We will also have Aimee Faiella, RN with Compassionate Certification Centers and Dr. Michael Butler, GM and Pharmacist of the Healing Center on the panel to answer all your questions on Medical Marijuana. Please come to this educational event on a timely topic.

Mon Valley Art Club Show

The Event of the Season! Stop by the Library during regular business hours to view the art pieces by talented local artists.  See which ones win ribbons of distinction.  Over 50 pieces to enjoy!  On display until October 10.

Author Scott Brown Book Talk

Scott Brown, a Greensburg native and former sports reporter for the Tribune-Review, ESPN and Philadelphia Inquirer, mined a decade of reports on the opioid epidemic to produce a heartfelt compendium of the lives of those living this nightmare in the region where he grew up.

Brown will be on hand for a discussion and book signing event at the Library on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 1 PM, for his self-published book, “Hope and Heartbreak: Beyond the Numbers of the Opioid Epidemic”.

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, October 17, 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.

Book Club

The Library Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month (Thursday, October 10, 2019.)  New members welcome. October’s book will be “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. To join the group, call the Library and have a copy of the book reserved for you!

Mon Valley Genealogy Forum

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, October 21, 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.

Monessen Community Meeting

A Community Meeting hosted by Arcelor Mittal will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 7-8 PM at Monessen High School auditorium. All are welcome.

MPL Board of Trustees

Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 PM.

Food Bank Donations

Non-perishable food items are being accepted at the Library during regular business hours. They will benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Lions Club Brooms

The Library is a distribution point where brooms of various sizes and garbage bags can be purchased to assist the local Lions Club.  Ask at the Circulation Desk.

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)

Veteran Banner Program

The Monessen Veteran Banner Program has now concluded. No new applications are being accepted.

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.

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!

Ancestry.com

The Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com 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.

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