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

Story Times at the Library

Look Up To The Stars @ Penn Area Library

Join us for an exciting astronomy program on Monday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00pm!  Kevin Manning, an award-winning astronomer, will present "Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe."  If weather permits, the program will include a night sky observation through a telescope.

Manning is a gifted astronomer, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and other ground-based observatories.  Manning has won national and international awards in his field, was both a Wright Fellow and an Einstein Fellow, and has worked with the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Besides the numerous workshops he has presented over the years at libraries, observatories, and science centers, some noteworthy presentations include Tufts University; SUNY at Stony Brook; the National Science Teachers Association National Convention; the American Association for the Advancement of Science Breakfast with Scientists; and the National Parks Service.

The program is free, but seating is limited to 50 attendees, and advance registration is required.  To register, please call the library at 724-744-4414.

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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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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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