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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

In the hurried rush of the holidays, parents and caregivers can get wrapped up in finding the perfect present for children without remembering that the most important gift of all can be their time. Make an early New Year's resolution and commit to reading aloud to children up to age 8 for just 15 minutes each day.

Four national organizations — Reach Out and Read, The Center for the Book, the Library of Congress, United Way and the American Library Association — are uniting behind one simple, powerful message: “Read Aloud 15 Minutes — Every Child. Every Day.” This campaign wants to transform the recommendation that parents read aloud 15 minutes a day into a “must.” Learn more at

Find that perfect gift and check out some free books in the process when the FRIENDS of the Library hosts a vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The vendor spots are full. Vendors will be in the auditorium on the second floor. Those needing assistance may use the elevator to reach the second floor. Plan to purchase baked goods, jewelry, painted drinking glasses, handmade crafts, holiday items, children's gift items, beauty supplies, acrylic paintings and the FRIENDS “Cookie and Soup Jars.” Carnegie Café will be open for lunch during the vendor fair.

If you do not have a lot of funds to spend, come by and receive a free gift of a breast exam from Cornerstone Care. Or, if you have not been to the library lately, FRIENDS of the Library member Rose Galik will lead a tour of the library at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Don't forget to check out the Connellsville Area Historical Museum on the second floor.

Thanks to yoga classes on Saturdays and the FRIENDS, you will be able to view and use new tables and chairs. Cathy Kumor, yoga instructor, wasn't sure what the project would be, but a need for updated, lighter-weight tables became the first purchase for the yoga group. Since October 2011, Saturday yoga classes have donated more than $2,000 to the auditorium project. Of course, the yoga classes could not have purchased the tables and chairs without the additional money contributed by the FRIENDS of the Library and every individual who has supported the beautiful, historic Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville through donations, volunteering or community service.

Do you need help updating or writing a resume? Or just sharing with others your ups and downs of looking for a job? We are starting a Job Searching Support Group at 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Guest speakers will be Gina Roman, career management director at Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology, and Gina Jones, instructor coordinator of the Career Services and Internship Center from Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus. Bring your resume for an optional peer exchange and resume rehab tips.

Please do not forget, the Carnegie Free Library will be closed Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 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, and 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 email at or by calling 724-628-1380.

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