Meet the Author of 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 at Penn Area Library on Monday, May 6th at 6:30pm as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City.

Richard Gazarik spent more than four decades as a journalist in Western Pennsylvania. He has won awards for his writing and investigative reporting into public and corporate corruption in Pennsylvania and has written extensively about the bombing of Pam Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; the terrorist attack on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001; and the rescue of the Quecreek Miners in 2002. He is the author of Black Valley: The Life and Death of Fannie Sellins (2011) and Prohibition Pittsburgh (The History Press, 2017).

To register please call the library at 724-744-4414, ext. 101. This program is free and open to the public.

A big thank-you to our sponsors!

Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor, Dr. Carla Capozzi, DMD, our library patrons and community members enjoyed indoor golf at Putt “FORE” the Library Mini Golf Between the Stacks on March 29 (19th Hole Par-Tee, featuring music by The AdoraBulls!) and March 30 (Family Fun Day)!

Please be sure to visit our sponsors’ websites–just click the links listed below!–for more information about their services.

We deeply appreciate the many donations of gift cards, passes, and merchandise for our Silent Auction and Basket Raffle from businesses, restaurants, organizations, and parks. Thank you for your commitment to public library services!

This fundraising event would not have been possible without our Board of Trustees and our dedicated library staff and volunteers:


Janet Parson, Fundraising Committee Chair
Alice Ainsworth
Susan Gates
Mark Kurisko
Thomas Marx
Dan McKinnon


Dorene Miller, Library Director
Pat Cappeta, Children’s Services Coordinator
Jen Lapcevic, Business Manager
Dawn Corall, Circulation Services Coordinator
Hillary Lapcevic, Library Clerk
Kathy Mills, Library Clerk
Shannon Rygg, Library Clerk


Janet Brown, former Trustee
Debbie Eggleston
Rob Taylor, former Trustee

Title Sponsor

Event Sponsor

Hole Sponsors


Board of Trustees
Alice Ainsworth, Susan Gates, Mark Kurisko, Tom Marx, Dan McKinnon, and Janet Parson

Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society

Thanks for supporting the Penn Area Library!