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Connellsville FRIENDS to hold book collection day

| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Student volunteers assist FRIENDS in gathering gently used books, tapes, videos, etc. for the upcoming Nov. 2 Big Fall Book Sale. Saturday will be collection day. From left are are Ty Stokes, Karen Macko, Linda Ruth and Brandy Layman.

The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville are holding a used book collection today. They are asking everyone to gather their gently used books, books on tape and CDs, etc. and bring them to the library where volunteers will help unload them from vehicles and carry them to the basement.

The FRIENDS members will then have a month to sort and organize them before the Big Fall Book Sale on Nov. 2.

“We love to see all the people who clean off their book shelves at home and donate these amazing books that cover every topic from A to Z. The FRIENDS members will welcome them with coffee, cookies, conversation and the opportunity to mingle with friends,” said Karen Macko, group member.

The FRIENDS have introduced Café Carnegie Rainbow Soup Mix which is the newest addition to their successful cookie jar repertoire for the fall season.

“Our faithful membership and supporters love the seasonal holiday cookie jars, Andy's Cranberry and Death by Chocolate, so we decided to expand with a soup that will be regularly served at Cafe Carnegie. The cookie jars have been popular given as hostess, teacher, family, etc. gifts. They are always great to have on hand. The FRIENDS' motto for the Seasonal Cookie Jars is ‘from jar to table in 10 minutes,'” explained Macko.

The soup jars (with free samples) were introduced at the Mum Festival and will be available at the last Connellsville Farmer's Market which is being held today.

“The soup is delicious and very easy to prepare for chilly autumn days and beyond. We are now taking pre-paid orders for our cookie jars and rainbow soup which will officially be on sale Nov. 2 at the FRIENDS Big Fall Book Sale through It's a Connellsville Christmas on Dec. 7. The FRIENDS will once again be hosting vendors of all varieties in the library auditorium for this event,” said Macko.

Members remind everyone that books can be dropped off at the library anytime, set them at the elevator and FRIENDS will take them to the basement from there.

The FRIENDS are grateful for all the community support year round and believe like Andrew Carnegie, “A library outranks any one thing a community can do for its people.”

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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