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The Friends of Penn Area Library are looking for friendly people that are interested in joining a fun-loving group dedicated to helping their public library. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (not including November or December), at 6:30 pm at the Penn Area Library.

Currently, the group holds three used book sales each year, collecting and sorting the donations year-round. Social events include dinners as a group several times each year. People with enthusiasm, interest, and ideas are welcomed!

For more information or to offer assistance with the used book sales, please phone the library at 724-744-4414.

Thank You to our Generous Donors!

The following made wonderful contributions as prizes for our Adult Reading Club for this summer:

Buckets Boutique - Bracelet
The Club at Blackthorne - Gift Certificate for 4 Rounds of Golf
Kavernputt - 4 Passes for Putt Putt Golf at Laurel Caverns
Penn Franklin News - 4 Passes to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (additional passes for the Kids and Teen Clubs too)
Sweet Buzz Bean & Bistro - Gift Basket
Wednesday Morning Book Group - $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, $25 Amazon Gift Card and $10 Panera Bread Gift Card

We greatly appreciate your support!

2015 Summer ReadingPenn Area Library 2015 Summer Reading Program    View the flyer
June 1 - July 29
Join in the fun at the library for reading, story times, special events, prizes, and more.

Registration starts Monday, June 1 and the program will run from Monday, June 15 to Saturday, July 25. Our end of summer reading party will be held on Wednesday, July 29.

Participants must come to the library to register and can begin reading and recording at that time. First completed logs will be accepted on Monday, June 15 or after.
Read to Me Club for children through age 7
Summer Reading Club for children ages 8 through 12
Teen Reading Club for teens ages 13 through 17

Children in the Read to Me Club will have the books someone reads to them recorded on their reading log. They will receive 5 raffle tickets for every completed log of 15 books read.
Children in the Summer Reading Club will keep a log of the hours they read. They will receive 5 raffle tickets for every completed log of 5 hours they read.
Teens will receive 1 ticket per book read and will have their own designated prizes.

Preschool Story Time will be held throughout the summer program.
Please check the calendar for programs, times, and dates. Parents can register their children for programs in the library, by telephone 724-744-4414, on this website.


Escape the Ordinary at the library! Registration for our adult (18+) summer reading program runs from June 1 thru July 18. This year, our Grand Prize will be a Kindle Paperwhite® eReader, in addition to prizes such as baskets and gift cards.

For each book read or audiobook listened to, adult participants will receive one ticket good for this year’s prizes.

If you prefer our downloadable OverDrive® eBooks and audiobooks, no problem! Just pick up a log at the library, track the OverDrive® titles you’re reading, and bring your log to the library before July 25.

All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, drawn July 27. July 25 is the last day to enter the drawing. Winners will be called on or about July 27.

Sign up today and start reading!

Read Flight 93 with Us!Penn Area Library Announces "One Book, One Community" Program

The book, Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath, and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 by Tom McMillan, is the focus of the 2015 One Book, One Community program, presented by the Westmoreland Library Network.

The so-called "fourth plane" involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, United Airlines Flight 93 took off from Newark bound for San Francisco. In this debut, McMillan, vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins and volunteer at the Flight 93 National Memorial, re-creates the event--based on passenger phone calls, the cockpit voice recorder, interviews, and the official record of the past 13 years--as well as the aftermath, including the dedication of the memorial in 2011.

The Penn Area Library will host a group discussion on Monday, June 29, at 6:30pm. Community members interested in participating in the discussion should contact the library at least two weeks prior to the discussion to register and borrow a copy of the book to read.

In addition to the discussion groups planned at area libraries throughout the summer, the program will feature a field trip to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. There will be a fee for the field trip, which is open only to those who register and participate in the book discussions at area libraries.

For more information or to register by phone, please call the Penn Area Library at 724-744-4414. The book discussion is free of charge, but is limited to 20 participants.

Book SaleUpcoming Used Book Sale!

The Friends of Penn Area Library are preparing for their summer used book sale.

The book sale will be held in the Library's Multipurpose Room on the following dates:
Friday, July 24th - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 25th - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Friends have a great selection of books and a some surprises too. Items will be priced to sell individually or "books by the bag."

Free Summer Audiobooks for Young Adults

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting May 7th, 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week -- a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.

See this poster for more information.

Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

New Calendar Now Available: The library's June and July 2015 calendars are now available. View them here

Library Fundraiser

"History of Penn Township" by John W. Mochnick
Your purchase helps to support the library!

Book price: $15 (includes map of Penn Township, Westmoreland County 1982)
Map only: $5

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Ensure that quality library resources and information services are available to all.

Vision Statement
To provide the right resources and services at the right time.

Statement of Service
Information and library resources are provided for the education, information, interest and enlightenment of all patrons of the Penn Area Library. A person's right to use the library is not denied or abridged on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, age, country of national origin, individual life style or physical limitation.

Penn Area Library will endeavor to provide a wide range of materials. Materials are not excluded because of the origin, background or view of those contributing to their creation. It is also the intent of the Penn Area Library to enter into reciprocal agreements with other libraries and agencies to improve service to its patrons through the shared use of resources.


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