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The Importance of Native Plants & Pollinators

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sheena Carroll

This guest post was written by Donna Pearson of the Girty’s Run Watershed Association   About a third of the plants in Pennsylvania fields and yards are invasive species that simply do not support the insects and caterpillars needed to support wildlife. They haven’t developed the specialized relationships they need. Flowering plants and pollinators co-evolved, and pollination is the key event for a plant and for pollinators in the cycle of a year. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult… Read More »

Steel City Shakespeare Comes to MCL

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Skylar Houck

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” or should I say the Millvale Community Library. If you need plans for the weekend (Oct.12-14), look no further. Steel City Shakespeare Center’s performance of Hamlet, directed by Alan Irvine, is sure to entertain. With 80-90 hours of rehearsal, these five actors and actresses deliver Shakespeare’s text with a mix of pure emotion and humor. You may be surprised to find five actors playing fifteen roles. The memorization and performance of lines is astounding to say the least, and there was never any confusion concerning when actors switched between characters. The clever usage… Read More »

MCL Welcomes New Intern

Friday, September 7, 2018
Sheena Carroll

Skylar Houck was recently welcomed as MCL’s new fall intern. She is studying English and Political Science – with a focus on the nonprofit sector – at Chatham University. Her undying love for books and creative writing has her excited to become a part of the library’s team. Skylar is from New Kensington and has had many jobs throughout the years ranging from a banker to a cook. Although, her love lies with nonprofits. She has worked with Ten Thousand Villages since beginning college, and she is more often than not found there discussing fair trade or handling donations for… Read More »

Air Quality and Exercise

Friday, June 29, 2018
Zaheen Hussain

According to AirNow.gov the Pittsburgh region’s Air Quality Index is forecast to be “Unsafe for Sensitive Groups” (Orange) this week.  That means “active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.” The following blog was written by New Sun Rising Summer Air Quality Interns, Noah Robinson and Anaïs Peterson on the impact of poor air quality on athletes! Almost everyone exercises daily. Whether it’s a relaxing walk after dinner, a run in the morning before work, exploring your community in a wheelchair, a bike ride on the weekend or even walking… Read More »

Welcome Erika, Our Summer Intern!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Sheena Carroll

Erika Hedin joined the MCL as a summer intern in mid-May. She is working on completing her Masters in Library Science at Clarion University. Erika was thrilled to start her internship with MCL as she has been a resident of Millvale since 2015 and this will wrap up the requirements for her degree! Erika previously worked as a middle school science teacher and currently works for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Hill District branch as an Assistant Children’s Librarian. She also volunteers with Girls Rock! Pittsburgh and is on their Board of Directors. Erika is originally from Athens, Ohio where she… Read More »


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The Importance of Native Plants & Pollinators

Steel City Shakespeare Comes to MCL

MCL Welcomes New Intern

Air Quality and Exercise

Welcome Erika, Our Summer Intern!


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