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By Casey Sirochman
Friday, April 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m.

A unique opportunity will happen May 30 through June 1. The inaugural Pennsylvania Literary Festival will be held at the Uniontown Mall. PA LitFest aims to engage and inform attendees concerning literary achievements, opportunities, and educational programs within the state and surrounding areas by assembling publishers, authors, libraries, schools, literary agencies, reading associations, book clubs, and the general public. The event features industry exhibitors, author appearances, signings, readings, live music, a charity auction, cooking demos, free writing and publishing workshops, storytellers, writing contests, activities for kids, live tapings and interviews with FCTV and GoingLIVE, and a variety of food and beverages spread throughout multiple locations within the Uniontown Mall. PA LitFest welcomes John Dixon as its keynote speaker. His debut novel,”Phoenix Island,” inspired the CBS-TV series “Intelligence.”

In addition to being apart of the planning committee, the Carnegie Free Library will offer two workshops. The first workshop will highlight and demonstrate library resources available for free to Fayette County residents. The second workshop will include the basics of genealogy research including possible guest appearances from key stakeholders from area genealogical and historical societies. To become a part of participating of helping with the festival, please visit the PaLitFest website at and complete the “contact us form” or call the library at 724-628-1380.

Prior to the festival, students in kindergarten through 12th grades can participate in a essay contest presented by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each age division, plus there will be an opportunity to be featured during a press conference at a statewide festival and at libraries across the state. Registration packets including detailed scoring information are available online at

The Carnegie Free Library collaborates with many different organizations and community entities to bring programs to the community both inside and out of the library. For instance, every summer the library partners with Private Industry Council as a worksite for their Summer Youth Employment Program. The program aims to employ 125 youth, ages 16-21 starting in May. Youth can work up to 40 hours per week, depending on the worksite'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.

.Also, in the library, Private Industry Council offers free adult classes Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. for GED preparation, preparation for post-secondary education and training programs. Call 724-437-2590, extension 326 and ask for the education case manager.

Throughout the week, the Carnegie Free Library offers every Wednesday a preschool story hour beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to teen events such as Get Carded at Your Library, Candy Buffet, and Cornhole on Wednesday,and every Monday at 4 p.m. with our Anime Club. Call the library or check out our Facebook or website for the next meeting time and date at 724-628-1380.

If you are an individual or organization that would like to partner with us for a program or event, please call 724-628-1380. Maybe you or your organization can not find the time or energy to partner on a large scale, please consider supporting us with a monetary donation to sponsor a program for the community with us or any one of the 10 Fayette County libraries around the county. Despite difficult economic times, these 10 libraries continue to provide over 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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