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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:36 p.m.

All are invited to attend the 110th birthday bash for the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. All of the events are free.

The schedule will include:

• Noon: Grand opening ribbon cutting of new front doors (outside)

• 12:30-2:20 p.m.: 110 minutes of reading the written word on auditorium stage (second floor)

• 1-2 p.m.: Mother May I, adult etiquette workshop in basement classroom (limited seating)

• 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Mother May I, teen etiquette workshop in basement classroom (limited seating)

• 3-4 p.m.: Children's Story time in children's area (main floor)

• 4-6 p.m.: Live music and refreshments in auditorium, library tours, relax and read.

If you have any genealogical or historical questions, the Connellsville Area Historical Society will be available in their new office in the Connell Room where the rare and historical books are located during the grand opening event.

The Connellsville Area Historical Museum will be open to the public for its inaugural public viewing.

The local museum was made possible through collaborative efforts of the Connellsville Area Historical Society and the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville. The funding for the museum was made possible through the Laurel Highlands Visitor's Bureau Tourism Grant Program, Seed Award from the Sprout Fund of Pittsburgh and the Community Foundation of Fayette County Growth Fund.

Free teen and adult etiquette workshops will be taught by Mother, May I (MMI), a company developed by Demetria Pappas and Lisa Iadicicco, graduates of Purdue University. The two felt there was a need for instruction on manners in our fast-paced society. The program designed for the Carnegie Free Library will cover mealtime manners, making introductions and proper use of technology. All of these topics will be connected to how they are a demonstration of our character.

In addition to the 110th birthday bash, the FRIENDS of the Library will host their second annual Bike for Books fundraising event on June 1 in Youghiogheny River Park, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event is a non-competitive, family affair for only a $15 donation prior to the event for adults and $5 for children. A bike rodeo for kids ages 4 to 12 will be held this day from 10 a.m. to noon and light lunch from noon to 2 p.m. This year, if an organization or business has the highest percentage of members that participate, they will win a traveling trophy and special publicity. For more information or to download and complete the registration form visit

Come check out the new children's room carpeting during our last few preschool story times at 11 a.m. Wednesdays through May 8. Look forward to our summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults as kids signup begins May 15 online and reading logs begin the last day of school. Weekly summer reading programs begin June 19 with free lunch provided again courtesy the summer feeding program and Champion Christian School. Don't forget about our adult programs. Yoga typically is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. All the proceeds during the Saturday yoga class benefit the FRIENDS of the Library. The scrapbook club will meet on May 11.

Finally, please don't forget to “like” us on Facebook, check out our websites and use our free or low cost services and programs.

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

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