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Taste the Good Life for WLN

The Westmoreland Library Network is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the recipient of the funds raised by "Taste the Good Life," a premier charity event featuring excellent food, drinks, cigars, and enjoyment. The fundraiser will be held at DiSalvo's Station in Latrobe on April 21st from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

The proceeds will benefit Westmoreland County libraries through the services provided by the WLN. Your support will be greatly appreciated!

For more information and tickets, please click here.

Help Penn Area Library Day of Giving 2016!

The Day of Giving will take place Tuesday, May 3rd from 8:00am to midnight.

Last year, the library raised $2,000 during this campaign, and we’re confident that our donors will surpass that amount in 2016.

Please help your library on May 3rd by going to www.westmorelandgives.org and selecting the Penn Area Library Association as your donation recipient.

The minimum donation is $25, with a pro-rated match of $.14 to the dollar from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County. Only gifts between $25—$1,000 per donor will count towards the match pool. A credit card must be used to make your donation.

The Penn Area Library will receive all contributions made through the website, minus a 5.99% credit card and technology fee. This year, donors can help the library even more by choosing to cover this fee when making their donation.

Your support will be greatly appreciated!

Help Penn Area LibraryHelp the Library when You Shop at Amazon

Penn Area Library will receive a small portion of the purchase price when you shop at Amazon through the Amazon Smile Foundation. Start your shopping by clicking this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1269322

Book Sale

Book Sale!

The Friends of PAL will hold a book sale on Friday, March 11 (9:00—5:00) and Saturday, March 12 (9:00—3:00).

A huge selection of items—like-new books and library discards—will be offered at bargain prices, including many children’s titles and jigsaw puzzles!

Please be sure to stop in, buy some great books, and help your library!

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

New Calendar Now Available: The library's March 2016 calendar is now available. View it here

Story Times at the Library


Registration begins Monday, January 4th. It would be a shame to miss out on these... the kids have SO MUCH FUN!!

Mondays: Toddler Story Time and Craft - 10:00 am & 11:00 am -- Ages 2 1/2 and 3

Tuesdays: Pre-School Story Time plus Craft - 11:00 am & 1:00 pm -- Ages 4-6

Thursdays: Book and Blocks Stories and Play Time - 10:00 am -- Ages 17 to 30 months

(This session of story times will wrap up on March 31st.)


Penn Area Library's Science Discovery CenterThe Penn Area Library is pleased to announce that our new Science Discovery Center is now open for all young budding scientists!

A very special thank you to:

  • The Michael J. and Aimee Rosinko Kakos Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, which provided STEAM items such as specimens, musical instruments, discovery tubes, mazes, building sets, and much more.

  • The Friends of the Penn Area Library, who provided a child-sized storage unit to house the materials.

  • Our Children’s Services Coordinator, Pat Cappeta, and volunteer Barb Baker for presenting six outstanding STEAM preschool classes from September through October.

Six discovery kits will be available for parents, teachers, and childcare facilities to borrow: Insects & Spiders; Weather; Trees; Body & Senses; Oceans; and Health & Nutrition.

Be sure to visit the Library soon and have fun with your child exploring science concepts!


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.

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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Mission Statement
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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