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Big plans at Connellsville's Carnegie Free Library for Groundhog Day

| Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 7:11 p.m.
The FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville are looking forward to Feb. 2 as they are welcoming 'in' anyone who has cleaned 'out' their book collection to donate to the library and fill the empty shelves behind them. Beginning at 10 a.m., members of FRIENDS will be collectin for an upcoming book sale to be held March 9. Getting ready for collection day are, friom left (front) Casey Sirochman, head librarian and Sheryl Craven, president of FRIENDS; (back) Toni Schiavoni, member of FRIENDS, Rose Marie Galik, treasurer of FRIENDS, Karen Macko, vice president of FRIENDS, and Lynda Witt, member of FRIENDS. Lori C. Padilla/For the Daily Courier

Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day and the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville have big plans.

“Are you ‘in' and are you ‘out' on Feb. 2? On Groundhog Day, when we watch for Punxsutawney Phil to come ‘out' of his winter home, we are welcoming any one ‘in' who has cleaned their book shelves at home ‘out,” said Karen Macko, vice president of the FRIENDS.

Beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., FRIENDS will be at the library collecting gently used books, CDs, books on tape, VHS/ DVD movies and large print books that the organization will then organize and categorize for a March 9 book sale.

The FRIENDS join together and work tirelessly to organize all types of donated reading and listening materials, in at least 40 different categories, so that the public can go to their favorite zones and not waste any time when they arrive at the sale.

Some of the most popular categories are children, fiction, non-fiction, romance, World War ll, gardening, spiritual, animals, science, how to books (from plumbing to yoga), cookbooks, westerns, art, languages, travel, poetry, tweens, music, diet and exercise, and more.

The FRIENDS will accept all gently used reading or listening materials in hardback or paperback. Encyclopedias and magazines are not accepted.

Shoppers can move from zone to zone and fill up a plastic grocery bag with all sorts of varied subjects for only $5. Those who have purchased a large FRIENDS canvas bag may bring it to the March book sale and fill it to the brim for $5. Anyone that doesn't have a canvas bag can purchase one for $8 at the sale and fill it for free.

On the collection day, Feb. 2, the FRIENDS will begin celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville.

Birthday cake, coffee and cold drinks will be provided.

“The FRIENDS are always gratefully accepting material for their book sales. You can set your clock by our book sales. We have them twice a year when the time changes, fall back and spring ahead. You are always welcome to bring your gently used donations into the library. Please place them by the elevator and the FRIENDS will see that they are directed to the book sale area,” said Macko. “We are hoping that the Groundhog Day collection of books will be as popular as Punxsutawney Phil when he doesn't see his shadow. The FRIENDS are hoping to carry and organize lots of books for the Spring Ahead Book Sale on March 9. We hope to see loads of books arriving after Phil comes ‘out' and doesn't see his shadow on Feb. 2,” said historian Linda Ruth.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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