The library's summer reading program begins each year in June and runs through July. During the program, children have a chance to attend events and earn prizes for the hours that they read. Participants can begin keeping track of their reading hours as soon as they register. View the 2016 program
FULL STEAM AHEAD @ PENN
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
Six discovery kits will be available for
parents, teachers, and childcare facilities to borrow: Insects &
Spiders; Weather; Trees; Body & Senses; Oceans; and Health &
Be sure to visit the Library soon and have fun
with your child exploring science concepts!
Meet the Author Event
Penn Area Library is pleased to host author Rebecca Drake on Monday, June 13th at 7:00pm.
Drake is a Penn State graduate and an instructor in the Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program at Seton Hill University. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.
Her hardcover debut, Only Ever You, delves into a parent's worst nightmare when three-year-old Sophia goes missing in a Pittsburgh suburb and her mother launches her own investigation to clear her name and save her daughter.
Please call the library at 724-744-4414 to reserve your seat for this program.
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.
STORY TIMES WITH MISS
Registration begins Monday, January 4th. It
would be a shame to miss out on these... the kids have SO MUCH
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
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.
USED BOOK SALE AT PENN
The Friends of Penn Area Library will hold their
summer used book sale in the library's multi-purpose room on the
• Friday, July 24th from 9:00am to 5:00pm
• Saturday, July 25th from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Check out our great selection of books,
including several hundred cookbooks from a private collection.
We also offer a good supply of jigsaw puzzles. Crafters will
find several boxes of crafting magazines, with many titles aimed
Items are priced to sell individually, or "books
by the bag" at $5.00 per bag. Summer Reading Program
participants--don't forget to bring your "free book" coupon!
If you wish to help at the sale, please phone
the library at 724-744-4414 to volunteer. Help is especially
needed on Thursday, July 23rd at 3:00pm to set up for the sale,
and again on Saturday, July 25th at 3:00pm to pack up unsold
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!
Penn Area Library 2015
Summer Reading ProgramView 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
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.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
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
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!
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
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.
Special Event - Tuesday
May 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Westmoreland County Federated Library System
presents two time National Book Award Finalist Author Eliot
Schrefer at the Seton Hill University, Performing Arts Center,
100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg, PA.
Admission is free, but the seating is
limited. Reserve your ticket today.
Threatened is a selection for the
2015-2016 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice award program.
Area Library to feature Stan Gordon, UFO and Bigfoot Researcher
Gordon will present an illustrated lecture called "Strange
Encounters of Pennsylvania" on May 18 at 6:30 at the Penn Area
Library. The lecture will cover the history of UFOs, Bigfoot,
and other strange incidents that have occurred in Westmoreland
County and throughout Pennsylvania.
Also discussed will be the 1965 UFO crash-landing near
Kecksburg, as 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of that historic
event, as well as the massive wave of UFO and Bigfoot activity
that occurred in 1973. Gordon will also give an update on more
recent strange encounters that he has been investigating.
Gordon has been researching UFO sightings, Bigfoot
encounters, and other mysterious events in Pennsylvania since
1959. Since then, he has been involved with the investigation of
thousands of unusual incidents. He has been taking calls on UFO
sightings and other strange reports from the public since 1969
and continues to receive unusual reports on a regular basis.
There will be a display of UFO and Bigfoot information, and
Gordon will be available for book and DVD signing. His books and
DVDs will also be sold at the event.
Please call the Penn Area Library at 724-744-4414 by May 15
to register for the lecture, as seating is limited to 50
THANK YOU FOR YOUR
We are very grateful to all who gave so
generously during The Community Foundation’s 2015 Annual Day of
Your tax-deductible donations, partially matched
with funds from The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County,
help to support literacy, library programs, and valuable
resources for our community.
NIGHT AT GIUSEPPE'S!!
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
4:30 - 9:30 pm
The Friends of Penn Area Library are
sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Penn Area Library.
Giuseppe's donation will be based on a percentage of each
meal purchased by library friends and patrons.
Make it a party -- invite your family and friends to join in the
(Giuseppe's is located at 33 Harrison City Road, State Route
130, Trafford, PA 15085 412-229-8481)
Special Event - Tuesday
May 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Westmoreland County Federated Library System and
SHARE Westmoreland present James L. Swanson at the Seton Hill
University, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave.,
Sponsored by: The Friends of the Norwin Public
Richard P. Gibson & Rosemary Kirr Charitable Trust,
Education Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland
County and The Penn Area Library
Admission is free, but the seating is
limited. Reserve your ticket today.
Your Donation Go Farther
You can help support Penn Area Library on
Tuesday, May 5, from 6:00 am EST to midnight EST during the
Community Foundation’s annual Day of Giving.
Any donation between $25 and $1,000 will be
partially matched by The Community Foundation of Westmoreland
A 3% credit card fee and a 2.9% technology fee
will be assessed on all donations.
Your online donation, made by Visa or Master
Card only, is tax deductible and helps to support literacy,
library programs and valuable resources.
Welcome Spring at Penn Area Library with our
Sunflower Art Workshop on Saturday, April 25th! Limited to 15
participants. Register by April 11th.
New Year's Closings
The library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday,
December 31st and will be closed on Thursday, January 1st.
Closing, December 19
The library will close at 12:00 pm on Friday,
December 19 for our Staff and Volunteer Holiday Party.
The library will be closed on Wednesday,
December 24th and Thursday, December 25th.
1 ticket for $2.00 - 3 tickets for $5.00
Winners will be drawn on
Wednesday, December 23rd!
Area Library to Hold Book Discussion
Penn Area Library will present a "One Book, One
Community" Fall History Book Discussion Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6:30
pm. The discussion will be based on the book "Manhunt: The
12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer" by James L. Swanson.
Those who wish to participate should stop at the
library at least two weeks prior to the discussion to borrow the
book for reading. For registration and questions, contact the
library at 724-744-4414.
For this program, the Westmoreland County
libraries will partner with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.
On Feb. 21, the symphony will present "American Masters," a
concert featuring Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait." This
concert will be held at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg at 7:30
pm. Anyone who participates in the book discussion at any
Westmoreland County library will be eligible to purchase a $26
ticket to the Feb. 21 concert for $10.
View press release
STORY TIMES WITH MISS
You really don't want to miss them...
Come on in and have LOTS OF FUN!!
Toddler Story Time and Craft
10:00 am & 11:00 am -- Ages 2 1/2 and 3
Pre-School Story Time plus Craft
11:00 am & 1:00 pm -- Ages 4-6
Book and Blocks Stories and Play Time
10:00 am -- Ages 17 to 30 months
Every other Friday (next one 10/31):
Baby Lap Time 11:00 am -- Ages 6 to 16 months
(This session of story times will wrap up the
end of November.)
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO
The Westmoreland Library Network will no
longer support older versions of Microsoft Windows® due to
known issues. Your computer must have Windows XP® or higher
in order to access your Polaris account. If you do not have
Windows XP® or higher, you will be unable to access your
Polaris account to look at your items checked out, fines,
holds, reading list, etc.
Please be aware that while the library staff
cannot assist patrons in resolving this issue, you are
welcome to use the library's public computers to access your
October 29, 6:00pm
An Evening with Pat DiCesare Pittsburgh’s “Music Man” of the ‘60s & ‘70s
The name Pat DiCesare is synonymous with rock ‘n
roll and entertainment in Pittsburgh. His memoir "Hard Days Hard
Nights" is the fascinating, behind-the scenes story of the birth
and development of modern rock concerts.
To register, please call the library. Limited to
Reading Rescue --
A Monthly Article of
Selections: To help you forget
the icebox we're living in, here are some recommendations to
curl up with in front of a fire or under a cozy blanket. All
books are, as always, available at or through the Penn Area
this month's Reading Rescue article to see our featured selections
for January 2014.
Adult Winter Reading Program:
January 27-March 20, 2014
Come on in and sign up starting Monday, January 20.
Enter to win prizes!!!
Prize drawing and notification will be done on March 21st.
AARP tax preparer volunteers will provide
help for low and moderate income individuals -- special
attention to those age 60 and older. Attention: E-File only
When: Every Friday from February 7-April
11, 2014 (except March 28th) Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Please be sure to bring Photo ID and proof of Social
Security Number with you.
By appointment only: Call 724-744-4414 or
sign up at the circulation desk
Story Times at Penn
Registrations for fall reading programs are now
being taken at the Penn Area Library.
Toddlers, ages 2 1/2 and 3, will meet every
Monday, beginning September 16th. Story time sessions will be
available at 10:00 and 11:00 am.
Pre-schoolers, ages 4 through 6, will meet every
Tuesday, beginning September 17th. Sessions will be available at
11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Parents with children in two age categories
should choose the group most appropriate for their children.
Baby Lap sessions will be held on Thursdays at
11:00 a.m. for babies 6 to 16 months of age, starting September
19th. We are offering a new program this fall on Fridays at
10:00 am called "Books and Blocks" for ages 17 months to 30
months. It will include stories, music, and play time. It begins
on Friday, September 20th.
The Reading PALs Girls’ Book Club, ages 8 and
up, will begin again this month. The girls will meet once a
month starting on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm.
To register children for any of the reading
programs, call 724-744-4414, visit the library, or register on
our website calendar.
Book Amnesty Week:
November 3rd through November 9th
Westmoreland County libraries and The
Westmoreland County Food Bank are working together helping
to feed our neighbors and fill our bookshelves. Return any
overdue item along with a jar of unexpired peanut butter or
jelly (or other non-perishable item) during Amnesty Week - - -
No fines will be charged and no questions will be
You don't have to have an overdue book to donate a jar of peanut
butter or jelly - all food donations will be very much
One Book One Community Sign up at the library or call to register: 724-744-4414
July 23, 2013
Penn Area Library's History Book Discussion is
based on the book The Civil War in Pennsylvania: a photographic history by
Michael Kraus, David Nevill and Kenneth Turner.
All the participants in our discussion are
eligible for a special bus trip on Saturday, September 28, to
the Senator John Heinz History Center. The authors will be
present and the events will include an exhibition on the Civil
War and Pennsylvania relative to the book.
Details will be given at our book discussion.
E-Book Forum Sign up at the library or call to register:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
FREE Canine Aggression Class –
This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2pm-4pm -
at the Library!
This class explores canine aggressive behavior towards people
and other dogs focusing on considering behavior from an
emotional level, useful tools in protecting yourself,
understanding canine body language and practical ideas for
defusing threatening actions by dogs you encounter.
This class covers:
- How to defuse a threatening dog attack
- How to defend yourself in a one dog attack
- Canine body language
- How to defend yourself in a pack attack
- The different types of aggression and the triggers
- How to protect a baby in a stroller and more...
Book Discussion Groups
Join us for our book discussion groups this winter.
morning book discussion group meets on the last Wednesday of the
month at 10 am. The titles for the next few months are listed
The evening book discussion group meets on the
2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. They choose their titles
monthly; call the library to find out what they are reading.
Penn Area Library
Adult Book Discussion Group Titles: May - The Art Of Racing In The Rain, by Garth Stein
June - Killing Lincoln, by Bill O’Reilly
July - The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova