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By Casey Sirochman
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

March into the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville and check out our updated and nearly completely barcoded collection totaling close to 40,000 resources that can be checked out to enjoy for free. The collection may have not been barcoded without the efforts and assistance of one employee with DNP IMS America Corporation, Anita Noel, production coordinator / buyer. The company headquarters in Concord, N.C., is a subsidiary of the Dai Nippon Printing Company, the world's largest manufacturer of ribbons used in thermal printing. In July 2008, DNP acquired the barcode ribbon business of the former Sony Chemicals Corporation, along with the manufacturing operation in Mt. Pleasant. When Noel heard that the library was in desperate need of barcoding their collection she began the process of printing for free nearly 100,000 barcodes for the collection and patron ID cards, saving the library close to $6,500.

As we near the end of March, there is still one more Bedtime Story event, sponsored by Pinky Toes of Connellsville — March 25. Don't forget that preschool story time is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and will continue until May. Adult programs include our ongoing weekly yoga sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Scrapbook Club will meet upstairs and pediatric first aid downstairs from noon to 3 p.m. March 23.

April will shower the library with some exciting events. The first event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. Free and open to the public, the event is a Travel Show, where visitors will have the opportunity to acquire information about national and international travel. There will be a focus on local travel within the Laurel Highlands region as well.

Show organizers have invited travel agencies, tour operators, campgrounds, resorts, spas, bed & breakfasts, outfitters and other businesses in the travel and tourism industry to participate. Speakers will present information about a variety of tourist destinations and helpful travel advice. Visitors will also learn about the different types of tourism available to the traveler, such as educational, volunteer and adventure. Children will have an opportunity to participate in local travel competitions, such as best photograph, best illustration, best travel essay, and a Road Trip Passport check list. Please call 724-628-1380 and ask for Shirley for more information or to participate in the show.

The next April event, intended for all ages, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 29. Robert Hensley, a Fayette County native, will present an anti-bullying workshop based on his first short novel, “Leo's Love Story.” The author will provide official Cartoon Network support materials, promotional materials and information sheets to empower children and adults to take a stand, to report bullying, and make educated decisions about how to speak out against bullies and bullying. The event is free. Autographed copies of Hensley's book will be sold.

May will bring beautiful programs at the library as we celebrate our 110th birthday from noon to 6 p.m. May 5. We are closed to the public on May 4 to prepare for our party. The Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville, PA Board of Trustees extends to every present and future patron a cordial invitation to be present at the open house exercises for the library's 110th Birthday Celebration. Festivities will include live music, children story hours, refreshments, birthday cake, 110 minutes of reading the written word, etiquette yesteryear and more!

From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 give a gift to someone like your mom or special lady in your life, or give a gift to yourself and enjoy our Prevention and Wellness Retreat. For only $25, you can enjoy a day of wellness with a healthy lunch included in your fee. Take time to reduce your stress and pain in your life and learn how to take better care of yourself. The retreat will be guided by a well rounded and highly professional group featuring Safdar I. Chaudhary, MD, executive director of S'eclairer. For more information or to register, call 412-372-1465 or send your name, address and phone number with a check for $25 made payable to R. Valentine to 1212 Harvest Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Register today, space is limited.

The library would like to say thanks to one new company in Connellsville. The Connellsville Branch of the Somerset Trust located in Wal-Mart is pleased to announce that for every newly opened certificate of deposit (CD) they will donate $10 to the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville during March through May. So, break your cabin fever and consider converting your savings into at CD to help the library.

Casey Sirochman is the director / head librarian at the Carnegie Free Library, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. She can be reached by visiting the library or by calling 724-628-1380.

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