Carnegie Free Library prepares for holiday season

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

Looking for information and don't know where to start? Your Carnegie Free Library can help. Among the great online resources you can use right from home is the Pennsylvania POWER Library, which recently unveiled a new look. Now all on one website (, this resource allows users to chat with a librarian, search e-resources, or find a book or photo from a library across the state. Not sure where or how to start? Librarians are on call 24/7 to direct you to websites and other e-resources, help you come up with keywords and search terms, and suggest some you haven't considered.

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about health care, consumer purchases, personal finances and much more. Enjoy free, 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. Most of the site is open for browsing, but to use the online e-resources, you must have a library card issued by a library in Pennsylvania or you can obtain an eCard that will allow you to access the POWER Library e-resources. Don't have a library card handy? Then complete the simple e-card application online.

POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century. Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society. POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

In addition to these great online resources, our other year-end programs include a Local Author Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The FRIENDS of the Library will again participate in It's a Connellsville Christmas from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the auditorium of the library.

Finally, please do not forget our preschool story hour every Wednesday until Dec. 11 with a special visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 11.

Point Marion Public Library offers story hour for children aged preschool through third grade on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The program ends Dec. 7. The story hour includes listening to stories and songs, playing games, and making crafts. For more information call Jo Watts at 724-725- 9372.

As we approach the holidays, remember our upcoming closures. The Carnegie Free Library is closing at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 and on Thanksgiving Day will be closed. Don't forget you can purchase unique gifts at the library for the holiday season with a memorial book or honor of book in addition to the history of the library celebrating our 110th anniversary year. During the season of giving, help save our free libraries in Fayette County and donate your resources or time. Like us on Facebook, check out our websites; utilize our services and programs.

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

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