The Donora Public Library is now accepting submissions for the next volume of People of Donora. The two-volume set will be a compilation of biographies of men and women who helped establish Donora as the “Home of Champions”. Members of the public are welcome to submit a one-page biography and accompanying photograph for consideration by a library review board. The board reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, length and appropriate content.
Compiled and researched by Donora native and long-time educator Dr. Charles Stacey, the collection is the product of research and memories and highlights those current and former Donorans who achieved status in the fields of science and medicine, community service, religion, education, business and industry, athletics and the arts.
When submitting a biography, please include the following information:
the person’s full name,
dates of birth/death,
notable ancestors,
experiences while living in Donora such as schools, church, employment, community involvement,
brief anecdotes reflecting that person’s character and connections to Donora.
A photograph or electronic image reflective of that person’s accomplishments.
Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to the Donora Public Library, 510 Meldon Avenue, Donora Pa 15033 or emailed to  Copies of People of Donora, Volume 1 are still available for sale at the library or at

Starting the New Year Right

(Donora, Pa)– The Donora Public Library is starting 2019 with a new look, a new lineup of activities and a renewed effort to grow. The library is rolling out a new logo and will soon unveil a new website to help reinforce the library as the center of the community, its ease of accessibility and the trove of information stored inside and online.
“Rebranding will help better position us for the future,” said library director, Mark Boyer. The logo builds on the geographic location of Donora and its identity as a sports town. “The logo is the fundamental piece of our identity,” he added. “It is based on an aerial view of the Borough of Donora.”
The logo incorporates the location along the bend of the Monongahela River, which forms a letter D. The colors used bring together the historic Donora Dragon orange, with the Ringgold Ram blue of today. Boyer said “the logo’s vibrant, modern design is a symbol of our optimism for a bright future.
The logo was designed by Brianna Farrand, a junior multimedia student concentrating in graphic design at Point Park University’s Wood Street Communications, a university initiative that provides high-level public relations and advertising solutions to non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area. She said she is very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Donora Public Library as well as the Donora Historical Society for signage at the Donora Smog Museum.
The library ended 2018, learning it had been awarded a $250 thousand Local Share Account grant dedicated to the construction of a new building addition. The library’s board of directors is aiming to build on that momentum with an eye toward groundbreaking later in the year. The expansion will provide greater accessibility for patrons, increased community gathering spaces and will allow for larger exhibits and events. The library board will apply for the next round of the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant but is also looking to the public to show its support. Additional meeting space, new technology and new programming have been made possible through a generous grant from the Washington County Community Foundation and gifts from private individuals.
In coming weeks, the public can expect to see a traveling exhibit of internationally reknown editorial cartoonist, Herbert Block. Famously known as Herblock, his editorial cartoons span a period from the Great Depression to the 21st Century. Also on the February calendar is a meet and greet event with Monongahela native and former Ohio Congressman, Jim Renacci.
The Donora Public Library is located at 510 Meldon Avenue and is open Mondays through Saturdays.