Break The Silence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Norwin Public Library is partnering with the Blackburn Center to hold two separate events for the public.

The first program, “Learn about Domestic Violence” will be held on Thursday, October 4th, at 6:30 PM. Take a walk through another person’s shoes while learning more about domestic violence, barriers survivors must overcome, and the supportive services that are available to survivors, loved ones, and the community.

The second program, “Participate in the Discussion” will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 6:30 PM. This program will be a discussion of author Liane Moriarty’s novel Big Little Lies. The novel illustrates the many layers of damage that domestic violence that affect victims, survivors, family members and loved ones. Copies of the novel will be available to borrow at the Norwin Public Library.

These programs, like all of the Blackburn Center’s services are free to the public.

If you would like to speak with a counselor at the Blackburn Center, you can call their 24 hour hotline at: 724-836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272.

Trivia Night – July 31st

Do you think you have what it takes to answer 50 general knowledge questions?

This will be a competition with teams of 4-5 people. You can make up a team or we will place you in a team.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Please stop by the front desk to sign up!

Ulysses S. Grant July 23rd

Mr. Serfass will captivate his audience as he portrays President US Grant.

You will hear his first inaugural address along with many other stories about his presidency and his life as a General.

The program is free, but registration is requested. Please stop by the front desk or call 724-863-4700 x3.

Blackburn Center on Human Trafficking

Did you know Westmoreland County is one of the top gateways for human trafficking in Pennsylvania?

The Blackburn Center will be presenting “Human Trafficking in Westmoreland County” at the Norwin Public library.

Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation.

  1. An estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world this very moment.
  2. An estimated 13 million children are enslaved around the world today, accounting for nearly half of trafficking victims in the world.
  3. The average age of a young woman being trafficked is 12-14 years old.

The program is free, but registration is requested. Please contact the library at 724-863-4700 x3 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Genealogy – Family History Field Trips

When it comes to genealogy, it’s really NOT “all on line.” If you’re serious about breaking though those “brick walls” in your family tree research, you’ll need to step away from the computer and go on a few field trips.

Family history field trips…to another town, a local cemetery, or another country…can give your priceless results.

Learn how to prepare and how to make the best use of your time!

Author Visit with Rich Gazarik

Pittsburgh is a hardworking city. And hard workers sometimes enjoy the occasional spirit. So, when Prohibition hit the Steel City, it created a level of violence and corruption residents had never witnessed. Join author Richard Gazarik as he details the shady side of the Steel City during a tumultuous era.

Gazarik is a former reporter for the Tribune-Review and has written several books about historical events in the Pittsburgh area.