Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Tickets–$11!

To be eligible to purchase WSO tickets for a discounted price of $11, read My Antonia by Willa Cather and participate in our book discussion on Monday, March 5 at 6:30pm.

Call the library at 724-744-4414 to register at least two weeks in advance. A copy of the book will be loaned to you by the library.

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present a classical concert featuring Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring SuiteThis concert will be held at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Any Westmoreland County library member who participates in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 One Book, One Community discussion at any participating library is eligible to purchase a ticket to the concert at a discounted price of $11 during the book discussion.


My Antonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Antonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.

Used Book Sale!

The Friends of  Penn Area Library invite you to their spring used book sale on Friday, March 9 (9:00–5:00) and Saturday, March 10 (9:00–3:00). Items will be priced to sell individually or “by the bag” for books.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up on Thursday afternoon starting at 3:00, during the sale days, and at 3:00 on Saturday to assist with clean-up. For more information or to volunteer, please call the library at 724-744-4414, ext. 101.

All book sale proceeds support the services and programs of the Penn Area Library.

Human Trafficking in Westmoreland County

The Blackburn Center will present “Human Trafficking in Westmoreland County” on Monday, February 26th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

To register, call the library at 724-744-4414.

Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation.  It is a form of modern slavery, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.

Trafficking victims can include young children, teenagers, men and women.  They can be American citizens or foreign nationals (either legally or illegally in the United States).  Victims of trafficking can be pressed into servitude through the use of force, fraud and coercion.  They can be found in a variety of industries, including restaurants, hotels, nail salons, small businesses, agriculture and construction.

Save The Date!

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Details about our 2018 Putt FORE the Library Mini Golf Fundraiser will be posted soon! Tickets will be available for purchase at the library’s circulation desk in mid-February.