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By Casey Sirchoman
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

With spring comes change and this year's theme for National Library Week, April 13-19, is “Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate.” During this week, the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community and offer many helpful programs and resources beyond the basic levels.

The Carnegie Free Library has youth, teen, and adult programs happening during National Library Week. Kicking off the week one day in advance, on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a Lifestyle, Prevention, and Wellness Retreat benefiting the FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library. For only $25 with healthy lunch included, you can pause from the ongoing demands of life and focus your attention inward so you can live life more fully within your family and community. Activities will focus on the following areas: relaxation and mindfulness, brain health and diabetes, ask the doctor, food that nourishes, making health a family affair, balancing your energy with yoga. Space is limited. Make check of $25 payable to FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library and mail to Cathy Kumor, 645 Ridge Blvd., Connellsville, PA 15425. Registration form can be found at or call 724-626-1114 for more information. Wear comfortable clothes and you may want to bring a yoga mat or pillow to sit upon during yoga session.

On the same day, the next meeting of the self-help support group, What Works, for parents whose kids have a learning disability will be held. The library offers a safe environment for parents to discuss what works for their children who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysphagia. During the meetings parents will be introduced to helpful technology, parenting and children's rights, and local agencies for family support. For information contact Ashley Pennington or 724-628-1380.

To finish the week, a very unique adult program, on April 19. Attend a special presentation by Stan Gordon, UFO and Bigfoot researcher and author. Gordon will present an illustrated lecture called, “Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania,” and will cover a history of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other strange incidents that have occurred in the Westmoreland County area and surrounding locations, as well as statewide. He will also have a display of UFO and Bigfoot information and will be doing book and DVD signings after the program.

Throughout the week, the Carnegie Free Library will offer various events. On Wednesday a preschool story hour will be held beginning at 11 a.m. In addition, there will be teen events such as Get Carded at Your Library, Candy Buffet, and Cornhole on April 16 and every Monday at 4 p.m. visit with our Anime club. Call the library at 724-628-1380 or check out our Facebook or website for the next meeting time and date.

Do you love libraries and are between the ages of 16-21? The Private Industry Council is looking for 125 youth, ages 16-21 to participate in our Summer Youth Employment Program. They are hoping to start the program in May. Youth can work up to 40 hours per week, depending on the work site's needs. Youth will be doing clerical and labor related jobs. One of the many sites in the county is the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville. Any questions, call 724-437-2590.

If you have not been in a library in a while, please visit at least one of the 10 Fayette County libraries during National Library Week. Fayette County is lucky to have four state-aided libraries — Brownsville, Carnegie Free Library, German-Masontown, and Uniontown — nand six affiliate non-state aided member libraries (Brownfield, Dunbar, Frazier, Point Marion, Republic, and Smithfield). Almost every Library will issue free cards to residents in Fayette County with proof of residency. Despite difficult economic times, these 10 libraries continue to provide more than 150 hours of free access to books, materials, programs, computers, internet, etc., to the residents of Fayette County. Check out our websites and Facebook pages for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

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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