Penn Area Library awarded “The Vietnam War” grant!

We’re proud to announce that Penn Area Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide selected to take part in this important project! For a full list of screening dates, please click here.

Please register for each screening by calling the library at 724-744-4414. A counselor from the White Oak Vet Center will be available at all screenings.

This program is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association, PBS and WETA Washington, DC.


“Human Library” with the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human “books” and participants in the event can “read” the book–meaning they would have a one-on-one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience.

On Monday, October 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00, meet with members of the VVWC for open conversations about their experiences in Vietnam and after returning home to a divided country. Four local veterans have volunteered as human “books” for this program:

Jack Otto, US Army Military Police:  Art exhibit in pen and ink work

SP/4 Bill Shupe, US Army:  Screening of his personal story “The Rat Tale Files” DVD

Corporal Mike Hirko, US Marines and SP/4 Rich Griser, US Army:  MIA recovery efforts

Each roundtable discussion can accommodate 4 to 6 participants. A counselor from the White Oak Vet Center will be available at this event.

To register, stop by the library in person or call 724-744-4414.

Thank you, Sweet Buzz Bean & Bistro!

Please join us in thanking Michael & Dawn Roberts of Sweet Buzz Bean & Bistro for their generous support of our Vietnam veterans! Michael & Dawn are sponsoring lunch at Sweet Buzz for the nine members of the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County participating in our National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Sept. 15th.

We deeply appreciate your kind donation in support of our Vietnam War programs.

“They Marched Into Sunlight” Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, November 6th at 6:30pm for a discussion of David Maraniss’ 2004 book, “They Marched Into Sunlight,” which centers around two 1967 events: the Battle of Ong Thanh and a protest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A valid WLN library card will be needed to borrow a copy of the book. To register call 724-744-4414. Program limited to 20 participants.

“Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few gripping, passionate days of war and peace in October 1967. ‘They Marched Into Sunlight’ brings that tumultuous time back to life while exploring questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues as relevant today as they were decades ago.  –From back cover

Discussion questions for “They Marched Into Sunlight.”