Meeting space is limited. Priority is given to library programs and our community non-profit partners on a first request, first served basis. To inquire about meeting room space, call the library at 797-8510, Monday through Thursday or Saturday 9-5 and ask to speak to the Assistant Director. We prefer at least one week's notice. Events should be scheduled to end 1/2 hour before library closing time. Those attending events in the meeting room should park behind the library off Walnut Street in the library lot or the city lot behind it and enter through the Walnut Street doors.

Library Calendar







Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Program Change

Due to unforseen circumstances, Thursday's program -"Walter Reuther and the American Labor Movement" has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fine Free Week

Don't forget, this is Fine Free Week at the Mary H. Weir Public Library! Bring in any overdue material and your fine will be forgiven.  If your materials have already been returned, but you still have a fine, stop at the circulation desk with your card and ask for your fine to be removed.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Ebook Reader.com

If you are just getting into ebooks, check out this site. It has reviews, comparisons, how to guides, and links to free ebooks!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veterans Day

Just a reminder...The Mary H. Weir Public Library will be closed on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Way We Worked

The Mary H. Weir Public Library has been extremely fortunate in being selected as one of the sites in West Virginia to host a traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked" The exhibit will open November 1st and continue through December 10th. Other local organizations are working to make this a community wide event with speakers and displays at several locations, including a photographic display of workers in The Gallery behind the library organized by the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club.

The following events have been planned:

Nov. 1 - Songs of the American Worker - Bob Willits at the Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 - Before the Steel Age: Workers in Northwestern Virginia 1820-1880 - Dr. Charles Keeney of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College at the Mary H. Weir Public Library at 2 p.m.

Nov. 8 - Songs of the American Worker - Bob Willits; Domestic Work: Keeping the Home Fires Burning - Janet Keller; Apple Orchards - Fred Miller; Homer Laughlin China: Beginning of the Pottery - David Conley all at Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland starting at 6 p.m.

Nov. 10 - Songs of the American Worker - Bob Willits at the Lynn Murray Memorial Library in Chester at 6 p.m.

Nov. 14 - Italian Immigration and Labor in the Weirton and Steubenville Area -  Professor Richard Lizza, formerly of West Liberty University at Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

Nov. 15 - Finding Something to Rejoice About: Accommodation and Resistance Among African Americans in Weirton 1920-1980 - Dr. Lou Martin of Chatham University at Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

Nov. 16 - Weirton Steel and World War II - Paul J. Zuros local historian at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m.

Nov. 17 - Industry Comes to the Ohio Valley - Dr. David Javersak formerly of West Liberty University at Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

Nov. 19 - Women and Weirton Steel - Thais Blatnik, former Weirton Steel employee at Mary H. Weir Public Library at 1 p.m.

Nov. 29 - West Virginia and its Natural Resources (1951 Film) at theWeirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m.

Nov. 30 - Weirton, USA (1953 Film) at theWeirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m.

Dec. 1 - The History of the Dry Cleaning Industry - Steve Mindzak, Weirton businessman for 53 years, at the Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

Dec. 6 - Tinplate (1958 Film) at theWeirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m.

Dec. 7 - Medical Profession History - Dr. Juginder K. Luthra at theWeirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m.

Dec. 8 - Walter Reuther and the American Labor Movement - Professor Brent Carney of Eastern Gateway Community College at Mary H. Weir Public Library at 6 p.m.

The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week

Once again, it's Banned Books Week. During this week, the American Library Association celebrates the freedom we have in this country to read about whatever we choose even if the material includes ideas that are unpopular or offensive to some.

According to the ALA, the ten most challenged titles of 2010 were:
  • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
  • Lush by Natasha Friend
  • What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
  • Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

 Some of the reasons given for challenges are:
  • drugs
  • homosexuality
  • inaccurate
  • insensitivity
  • offensive language
  • political viewpoint
  • racism
  • religious viewpoint
  • sex education
  • sexism
  • sexually explicit
  • unsuited to age group
  • violence

The library has a set of four books in our Reference Department that give the history of censorship challenges of specific titles on Sexual Grounds, Social Grounds,  Political Grounds, and Religious Grounds.  Some of the authors whose works are mentioned are currently popular authors like Toni Morrison,  Maya Angelou and Stephen King. Children's authors like J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, and Dav Pilkey have been challenged. The list also includes Presidents Jefferson and Carter. Others familiar authors who have had their works challenged include: Mark Twain, Charles Dickens  Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Kurt Vonnegut, William Faulkner, Lewis Carroll, Anne Frank, and John Updike. Religious leaders Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale, and John Wycliffe have not been exempt from having their work challenged. And finally, Mary H. Weir's last husband, Jerzy Kosinski, can also be found among the challenged authors.

Movies are Back!

Free Family Movie Night is back at the library. This year, the evening movie will be on Thursdays, usually the third or fourth Thursday of the month. The exact date and title for each month will be posted at the Circulation Desk.  These features are generally rated G or PG, often animated,  and geared to a wide audience. Popcorn and a drink are provided.

A new feature has also been added. We will be showing a free Classic Movie one Monday afternoon a month. These films will begin at 12:30. September's selection was a John Wayne classic. October's selection will feature Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Refreshments will also be available at this showing.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Cat in the Hat is Coming!

To kick off the fall Story Hour session, young Cat in the Hat fans will be honored with a special visit from the Cat himself during the Story Hour on Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00 to 2:00. Chldren attending Tuesday sessions may also attend this event.  Registration is required.

Fall Story Hour

Fall Story Hour will begin September 13th and 14th. Parents of children ages 3-5 may register beginning next week. Both parent and child are required to have a library card.  Three sessions are planned: Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Labor Day Holiday

The Library will be closed Monday, September 5, 2011 for  Labor Day. When the library reopens on Tuesday  we will be returning to our regular hours. Starting September 6th, the library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Part time Janitorial-Custodian Position Available


Applications accepted until position is filled
Location: Mary H. Weir Public Library
3442 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062

Contact Person: Mr. Richard G. Rekowski, Director
304-797-8510

Position available: Experienced-Part time janitorial custodian position

Pay rate: $7.25 hour

The Mary H. Weir Public Library currently has a part-time janitorial housekeeping position for an experienced individual with handyman, electrical, and carpentry skills.

This individual must be able to carry and lift items, climb and carry ladders, perform tasks standing on ladders, shovel snow, perform cleaning tasks and housekeeping, operate electric and gas powered equipment, perform maintenance tasks, oversee maintenance supplies, perform inventory, and ordering of supplies as well as other tasks for facility not listed in this description. Individual will drive library vans, perform maintenance, and maintain vehicular logs. Employee evaluations will include demonstrated ability and performance of performing and accomplishing tasks efficiently.
This individual must have a good driving record and must be able to pass a security check.
Education requirement: GED or high school minimum.
Individual must be able to work mornings, evenings, weekend schedules.

Send Letter, Resume, References to:

Mary H. Weir Public Library
Director Richard Rekowski,
3442 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062
304-797-8510

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Changing Formats

You may have noticed some changes to the library's main web page in the past few days. For many years, students have been relying on many thick volumes of Gale Literary Criticism to complete Literature assignments. Those days are nearing an end at our library. The full text information will still be available, just the delivery has changed. In place of the over 300 volumes in one series, we now have a link on our main page to Literature Criticism Online. This not only saves space on the library shelves, which we need very badly, but it also allows the information to be available to anyone with a Mary H. Weir Library Card and an Internet connected computer at any hour of the day or night. It makes searching extremely easy.  One search covers multiple volumes. Of course the library's computers can also be used to access the information, and the staff will gladly provide any needed help.  This change has also allowed us to add some resources that we had not made available in the past. They include Children's Literature Review and Shakespearean Criticism, both of which will be great additions to our collection.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Americorps Vista Position Deadline Extended


Applications for the following position will continue to be accepted through August.

National Community Employment Experience Opportunity: The Mary H. Weir Public Library has an AmeriCorps VISTA position for a college graduate for the Library’s “Community Grant Center Service Developer and Implementation Services”.Candidate will introduce and implement a public grant center service to Weirton Area and build sustainability with community collaborative resources.
VISTA Member Duties : Raise awareness of the Library’s Grant Research Center for area non-profits, government and community at large. Develop and implement grant writing and educational resources workshops. Solicit funding and volunteers. Build a data base of resources, and a communication system that will enable easy access for area non-profits, individuals, agencies, education and business to contribute to and access the demographics of the Weirton area including the respective information needs of nonprofits and agencies in the Weirton area. These resources, information and communication network will be useful for community visioning and development. Solicit professional volunteers for non-profits to train new non-profits that may need help and or resources to address their needs in Weirton area community.

Service Areas : Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Education , Technology.

Skills : Communications , Community Organization , Computers/Technology , Education , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Public Speaking , Recruitment , Writing/Editing , Youth Development , General Skills , No outside employment .

AmeriCorps VISTA one year commitment at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a college graduate interested in obtaining experience and applying their education in community development, public service, examining community (information) resources and visioning.” ..Mr. Rekowski, Director, Mary H. Weir Public Library.

Application Procedure: Applicants will find the application online.
Go to http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp. On the right side of the page under the Vista symbol is the question "Where would you like to serve?"  Enter West Virginia, and click on the search button. Look for UWCW Weir Public Library  on the second results page. This will bring up information about the project. At the bottom of this page is a button that says "Apply Now" You will be asked to register with the system, then fill out an application. Any further questions may be directed to Ms. Fundis of the library's reference staff at 302-797-8510 or fundisl@weirton.lib.wv.us or  AmeriCorps Director Reba Crossen in Charleston at 304-340-3620 or rcrossen@unitedwaycwv.org

Monday, July 11, 2011

Americorps VISTA and Americorps Lifebridge Positions at the Mary H. Weir Library

Americorps VISTA Position

National Community Employment Experience Opportunity: The Mary H. Weir Public Library has an AmeriCorps VISTA position for a college graduate for the Library’s Community Grant Center Service Developer and Implementation Services.

Candidate will introduce and implement a public grant center service to Weirton Area and build sustainability with community collaborative resources. Duties will include: raising awareness of the Library’s new resources within area non-profits, government and community at large, developing and implementing grant writing and educational resources workshops, soliciting funding and volunteers, building a data base of resources, and a communication system that will enable easy access to demographic information for area non-profits, individuals, agencies, educational institutions and businesses. This information and communication network will be useful for community visioning and development. The candidate will solicit professional volunteers for mentoring newer non-profits that may need help and or resources to address their needs in Weirton area community.

Commitment Responsibility: one year
Service Areas: Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Children/Youth, Education, Technology.

Skills: Communications, Community Organization, Computers/Technology, Education, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Writing/Editing, Youth Development, General Skills, No outside employment .

“This is an excellent opportunity for a college graduate interested in obtaining experience and applying their education in community development, public service, examining community (information) resources and visioning.” Mr. Rekowski, Director, Mary H. Weir Public Library.

Application Procedure: Applicants will find this position at the website MyAmeriCorps.Gov, click “employment” and search in WV for “UWCW Weir Public Library”. Applicant may log into and begin application process. Ms. Fundis in the Library Reference Department (304-797-8510) may provide assistance in locating the web site.

AmeriCorps LifeBridge Position

LifeBridge AmeriCorps Member position available at the Library for Public Library Service Program Support.

This position requires knowledge, experience working with computers, software and technology, working with and assisting library department staff, and with performing public community instructional informational and library workshops. Member will work with adults, parents, and children services including programming, homework and reference desk assignments. Candidate must have technology skills and high aptitude to learn library environments, operations, and work with the public. Good communication skills are required. Member will conduct workshops, read to children, and coordinate community volunteer resources.

Educational Requirement: College course work (minimum), College Degree preferred.

Commitment Responsibility: one year

Application Procedure: Contact the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062, 304-797-8510, ask for Ms Makricosta for application packet.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Super 8 Photos

The West Virginia Film Office has notified us that they have added photos of the opening of the movie Super 8 to their website at www.wvfilm.com/super8. They now have photos from the red carpet screening on June 9 at Ft. Steuben Mall and the Celebr8 Weirton Summer Kick-off street fair on June 5 as well as photos from the filming and transformation of the town last fall.

Library Schedule Changes

Just a reminder - The library will be closed Monday, June 20th in honor of West Virginia Day.

Beginning this week, the library will be observing Summer Hours which are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This schedule will continue until Labor Day.

If you cannot get to the library before it closes, books may be returned through the book drop located on the Sarah Lane side of the library. Books returned through the book drop are credited with being returned on the day they are dropped off, even if they are returned after hours. All items in the book drop are checked in every morning before the library opens.  Most days the book drop is emptied a second time in the late afternoon. If you have put your items in a bag, please take them out of the bag before feeding them into the book drop since multiple items wrapped together can jam the opening.

If your materials are not overdue and have not already been renewed, they may be renewed online through the MY ACCOUNT section of the online catalog. Video, DVD and Deposit materials may only be renewed once, but books may be renewed several times. However, once you have multiple items overdue, or the item has been overdue for a period of time, the computer system will block you from renewing those items. In that case, you may call the library during open hours to renew. You will still have a fine for the time from the due date until you renew the item, but once the item is renewed, the fine will stop accumulating for the two weeks of the renewal period.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Library will be closed Saturday, June 11

Due to the water emergency in the city of Weirton, the Mary H. Weir Library will be closed Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Civil War Speaker



The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau to help organizations across the state commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and birth of the Mountain State. On Monday, May 16 at 6:00 PM, West Virginia University history professor Connie Park Rice will speak at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. Dr. Rice will present “A Torch in their Souls: Slavery, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad in Western Virginia.” The talk is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Rice is also Assistant Editor of West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies, and a member of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. She has a Ph.D. in American History and specializes in Appalachian Regional History with an emphasis on African Americans and women in the mountain south. Dr. Rice is the author of Our Monongalia: A History of African Americans in Monongalia County, West Virginia and has published articles in several books, journals, and encyclopedias including West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies, The Journal of Appalachian Studies, West Virginia Encyclopedia, and African American National Biography.

Rice recently completed a biography of J. R. Clifford, West Virginia’s first black editor and practicing attorney, titled “Don’t Flinch nor Yield an Inch”: The Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer J. R. Clifford and is currently co-editing a collection of essays with Dr. Marie Tedesco of East Tennessee State University titled Daughters of Appalachia: A History of Women in the Mountain South.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nook Raffle

Since the beginning of the new year, we have seen a large increase in the number of people using our downloadable ebooks through WV Deli. The WV Deli is a shared collection with eight libraries currently purchasing titles for the collection. People with one of our library cards can access any of those titles as long as it is not currently checked out. At last count there were around 8,000 items in the collection in several different formats.

To encourage the use of the WV Deli collection, and to benefit the Mary H. Weir Library, the GFWC Weirton Woman's Club Literary Department is holding a raffle for a Nook. Tickets are $2 each and are available at the library. The drawing will be held April 30 at the Literary Luncheon sponsored by the Literary Department of the GFWC Weirton Woman's Club. The book being reviewed this year is Balancing Act by Martin Gottfried, a biography of Angela Lansbury.

National Library Week

It's National Library Week! Monday night several members of the Library Board, Literacy Council, and GFWC Weirton Woman's Club attended City Council to receive a proclaimation from Mayor Mark Harris. As we always do, we are celebrating the week by forgiving fines on returned materials to allow library customers a fresh start. We are also celebrating the week and the coming of Spring by having a drawing for a set of barbecue tools and a soft sided cooler. Any adult who comes into the building and checks out items from the library during National Library Week can enter this drawing.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Want to Help? Check Your Facts!

This week's disaster in Japan and other recent events in Haiti, Chili, and New Zealand have touched the hearts of many Americans.  These tragic situations always bring out the best and the worst in people. There will be hundreds of groups appealing for help to aid the victims, and because communication is difficult in these situations, rumors tend to fly. It becomes difficult to tell what is really happening and which agencies are doing the best job of providing assistance.  If you want to check a rumor, try the web site Snopes.com. If you are interested in donating to a charity, and want to find out how they use the money they collect, try Charity Navigator. Guidestar is another site that gives information on nonprofit organizations. They already have set up a web page called Giving to Disaster Relief and Recovery in Japan. These sites may keep you from wasting your time, energy, and money.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Here!








After some unavoidable delays, the awning on the front of the building has been replaced. The old awning was damaged by a storm this summer. The new blue color was selected by library customers. The neon under the awning has been repaired and will soon be connected. We will be glowing again soon! 

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