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About 50 years ago, local library service began in Level Green,
Pennsylvania, first in the home of Mr. Lloyd, then at
Joan and John Mohrís house. Later, the collection was moved
to the old kindergarten building at Route 130 and
Murrysville Road. Thanks to the generosity of the
Penn-Trafford School District, the library eventually
occupied the whole building.
The Level Green library organized formally in September
1970 and was incorporated as the Penn Area Library in 1972.
As the population of Penn Township increased, the
Harrison City Reading Center was established in the Penn Township
Municipal Building in 1975. After several expansions in the municipal
building, the Level Green branch was closed, relieving the library of
increasingly expensive maintenance. This also allowed the collections to
be combined and the staff to operate out of a single location.
The Penn Area Library continued to grow and by 1998 was
in need of additional space. The board of trustees, with the
encouragement of the township commissioners and the Westmoreland County
Federated Library System (WCFLS), applied for a Keystone Grant for
library expansion. A $200,000 grant was awarded to the library, and the
township commissioners contributed a substantial amount of funding to
construct the current 9,000 square foot library -- greatly expanding the
library's previous 2,400 square foot space.
The library continues to grow, thanks to the
community, staff, trustees, and commissioners. In 2005, Penn Area
Library circulated over 100,000 pieces of material and served over