Mengle Memorial Library  
Jefferson County Library System Headquarters  
(814) 265-8245   

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Genealogy Program on Monday, January 26, at 1:00 p.m.

The Mengle Memorial Library continues its series of genealogy programs on Monday, January 26, at 1:00 p.m.  This month’s featured guest speaker is Mary Kay Sheley who will present her research strategies as she pursued information on the Benigni families dating back to the 1700s.  The Benignis trace back to Austrian/Italian roots in the Dolemite region in towns known as Seo and Cavastro.  Sheley says that she has located hundreds relatives in Brockway, Brookville, Ridgway, Indiana, and New Bethlehem as well as Rochester, New York and other out-of state places.  The program will link the Benigni family to the World War II hero of Unbroken fame Louis Zamperini and Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen.  Everyone is welcome.



Teen Reading Lounge coming to Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway

Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway is excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in the PA Humanities Council’s Teen Reading Lounge. Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is a program designed to get students in middle and high school excited about and discussing the humanities. Teens who participate in TRL will participate in book discussions, projects, and activities to get them talking and thinking about literature.

In recent years, science and math have taken a prominent place in education, and the study of humanities has taken a bit of a back seat.  But it is through the study of the humanities that we learn about other people, places and cultures. Through these studies, we learn speaking and listening skills, critical thinking and comprehension skills, and how to relate to others.

While this program is meant to be educational, it is also fun.  The activities and book discussions will be led by Lisa McMeekin starting on Tuesday, October 28th from 4 pm to 6 pm.  As an added bonus, there will be food served at each program to keep teen’s gnawing hunger at bay.  Each participant will also receive a free copy of each book we read to keep for their own.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in the TRL program at Mengle Memorial Library (Brockway), please call or come in to the library for more information, or to sign up.  Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries.


Within Your Reach

1st Monday at 1 pm – Demonstrations on Assistive Technology Devices

2nd Monday at 1 pm – Assistance with Applications


 LIFT (Life for Independence for Today) is helping area residents with disabilities and impairments learn about assistive technology devices.


If you or someone you know could benefit from assistive technology or would like to learn more about the program and other services LIFT (Life and Independence for Today) can provide, this is your opportunity to find out what is actually “Within Your Reach.”




Mengle Memorial Library is a participating site for the Statewide Access card.

The Mengle Memorial Library serves as the headquarters for the Jefferson County Library System.