Downton Abbey Trivia Night

You are cordially invited to a  Downton Abbey Trivia Night.  Teams  will consist of 4-5 people.  You can create your won team or we’ll place you in a team.  Light refreshments will be served.

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




Using the U.S. Census to Climb Your Family Tree

The United States government has conducted a census of its citizens (and non-citizens) every 10 years since 1790, giving us a snapshot of American families taken at 10-year intervals over much of our nation’s history.

U.S. census records are easy to search for information concerning your family history.

UNFORTUNATELY, no two censuses were alike, and some contain much more useful information than others.

This program reviews examples from various U.S. censuses and demonstrates what family tree information you might expect to find in each.

Access to U.S. census records using Norwin Public Library’s free databases will be demonstrated.

This program will run from 1:00 – 3:00 PM including a question and answer period.

The Program is Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Stop by the circulation desk or call 724-863-4700 x 3 to register!

Final Footprints Genealogy Program

“Final Footsteps” genealogy class will be held Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00 PM.

In death, we leave our final footprints in the public record.

Family tree researchers seek obituaries and death certificates to learn dates of death and places of burial for their ancestors.  There are many other places to find our family’s “final footprints”, however.

The “Final Footprints” genealogy class will look at alternative sources for death records and demonstrate how to get the most information from a state-issued death certificate.

The program is free but registration is required. Stop by the circulation desk or call 724-863-4700 x 3.

Writers Symposium – October 27th

The Norwin Public Library writers group, Original Characters, will be holding a Writers Symposium on Sunday, October 27th from 1-4:30 PM in the Norwin Public Library Kunkle Community Room.

Featured Topics will include:

  • Tools to Grow an Idea
  • Self-Publishing
  • Criticism: Giving and Taking It
  • Adventures in Writing and Self Marketing

In addition to discussion, the symposium will also demonstrate writing exercises and other strategies for beginning, continuing, or finishing a writing project.

The program is free but registration is required. Please Contact Amanda Mitchell at 724-863-4700 x 112 or

Internet Genealogy For Beginners

The development of computer-based searches has revolutionized the hobby of genealogy in recent years. The Internet is a powerful tool for quick results in Family Tree research, although there are some pitfalls to be aware of.

One pitfall is the belief that expensive subscriptions are necessary for Family Tree research.  This is not the case.

“Internet Genealogy for Beginners” demonstrates some of the most useful FREE genealogy web sites, including how to use a Norwin Public Library card to access some subscription sites FREE OF CHARGE.

People attending the class will leave with a list of web sites to try at home.

Author Scott Brown

Scott will share stories, lessons and more from his latest book, Hope and Heartbreak, which chronicles the opioid epidemic in Westmoreland County and the surrounding area.

Signed copies will be available for purchase.



Genealogy for Beginners

“Genealogy for Beginners” is a class for people who want to try tracing their family tree, but have hesitated because they are not computer-savvy. Computer skills are not necessary to begin your family tree research.

This class will show you how to start a simple family tree using materials that you may already have at home and resources available in the community such as local historical societies and our public libraries.

You will also teach you some common beginner mistakes,  and how you can avoid making them!