Honoring the Daughters of Maeve

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, our minds naturally turn to all things Irish.  Many of us dredge up the family rumors of an Irish ancestor or two. In fact, nearly one in nine Americans has some Irish ancestry. That’s a good excuse to celebrate!

Because March is also National Women’s History Month, I’m going to present a special program that will honor some of our famous and not-so-famous Irish foremothers.  Their exploits and accomplishments will astound you!

Please note: this program does NOT deal with genealogical research.  This is a cultural history program.

Love and Marriage

Marriage records have always been a staple of family tree research.  However, there is much more to be explored beyond simple marriage dates.

Our ancestors left a wide range of records as they fell in (and out) of love.

“Love and Marriage” is a genealogy class offering a fresh look at traditional marriage records AND the clues found in non-traditional  records of match-ups and breakups.

Please call the circulation desk at 724-863-4700 x 3 to register for this program.

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.