The library has been cataloging and moving books to open the shelf space to authors and writers in the community.
The public is invited to a free reading by authors in the community at noon Saturday, April 25 to introduce the “Local Writers Shelf” at the library, 11th Street in Ambridge.
The public and the library’s clients are encouraged to attend. Following the readings, there will be a "meet the authors" session for a book signing at a community pot luck lunch with music by Ambridge singer and guitarist Chuck Firkaly.
Taproot Writer’s Workshop, Inc. will host the event. Taproot has been conducting a free writer’s workshop each fourth Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the library for more than 20 years, and has published Taproot Literary Review, which features many of the same local artists and writers for 25 years.
The event also honors national poetry month, which is April.
Writers who will read selections of their poetry or short fiction at the event are, Alicia Stankay, Sally Witt, CSJ, Marjorie DeAngelis, Tikvah Feinstein, of Ambridge; Faith Cataffa, Sara Sally Davis and Bruce Midkiff of Monaca; and Joe Kaldon of Aliquippa. Karen Melena, originally from Ambridge, will also read and sign her book. Writers will have books available for sale.
Along with books by area writers, to borrow and some to buy, past issues of Taproot Literary Review will be available on the local writers shelf to borrow, read and purchase for a small donation to the library.