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Connellsville's Carnegie Free Library hosting first travel show

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
The Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville is presenting a travel show 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 20, featuring travel experts and information from local attractions and vacation destinations. Casey Sirochma (left), library director, and Shirley Jean Rosenberger, library clerk and event organizer, display some of the brochures and magazines that will be available. There is no charge to attend.

If you're searching for travel information for places all around the world, the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville is the place to be on April 20.

The travel show will be held 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

There will be a wide range of vendors, representatives of bed and breakfasts, whitewater rafting, educational tourism, local authors, local tourist attractions and more. In addition, there will be a variety of exhibits that pertain to the travel and tourism industry. Contributors from all over the world have sent travel literature to hand out to visitors.

“We will have the international, national, regional and the local scene represented,” said Shirley Jean Rosenberger, library clerk and event organizer.

“One of the speakers will be presenting information about her experience traveling abroad during an educational trip to Europe. Another speaker will discuss historic travel in the United States. Much of his presentation will focus on many of the interesting sites in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Rosenberger.

A presenter will provide advice on road tripping with children. A local pastor will discuss his experience doing missionary work in Indonesia. He also will focus on how the country has changed since his last visit.

A representative of a local wellness retreat will discuss the benefits of vacationing at wellness retreats. She will highlight some of her experience in the field.

“With all the bad publicity cruise lines have had in recent weeks, we asked a seasoned cruise vacationer to provide some insight into the cruise industry and why it is still a popular vacation option. We will also have a speaker that will be discussing digital photography for your vacation needs,” said Rosenberger.

Lisa Malago hosts scrapbooking classes at the library. She will offer information about keeping vacation memories alive.

“Recently, one of our speakers participated in one of the most enduring trends in the travel and tourism industry, volunteer tourism. She will be discussing her experience in Costa Rica working with Costa Rica tortoises,” said Rosenberger.

A local author will talk about Ohiopyle. Several of the speakers will be set up as vendors or exhibitors so attendees can continue conversing once the presentations are complete.

Videos of local tourist attractions will be shown.

Children will have fun as well. There will be mini travel activity books, games and prizes. During the travel show, the library will be sponsoring several summer travel competitions for anyone 18 and younger. The contests include best photo, illustration and travel writing. In addition, the library is sponsoring a road trip checklist competition. There are 50 local sites for the children to visit before the deadline. The child with the most visits will be the winner. Individuals can choose to participate in one or all of the contests.

“When Shirley Jean Rosenberger came to me with the travel show idea in January, I was thrilled that in addition to her daily library clerk tasks, she was willing to take on this much needed program for our area. Like the library, I feel that we have a lot of hidden treasures locally that need to be highlighted on a regular basis and brought to the spotlight. Further, like the ever-popular social networking sites, it is becoming increasingly more important to hear in person from ‘regular' people who have experienced trips abroad and listen to the advice they may have for future trips,” said Casey Sirochman, library director.

Many local and regional vendors have contributed gifts for a Chinese auction and door prizes. The gifts include gift certificates, baskets and free passes.

“Also, we are looking for volunteers that may be interested in helping set up and break down for the show and to assist vendors and visitors,” said Rosenberger.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Rosenberger at 724-628-1380 or

The library is located at 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. An elevator is available.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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