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FRIENDS of Connellsville's Carnegie Free Library seeks new 'friends'

| Sunday, April 13, 2014, 5:51 p.m.

April is National Library Month and the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library is conducting its annual membership drive. FRIENDS member Linda P. Ruth is the chairperson directing all membership activities.

Ruth said FRIENDS will be participating in Walk for Membership, which involves personal contact with members and potential members throughout the community.

“In 2013, the ‘walking' part was a positive learning experience and gave us a deeper appreciation and understanding of our reemerging city and the amazing citizens who are working hard to make our town a viable community,” said Ruth.

Ruth and fellow FRIENDS member Karen Macko are going around town delivering membership letters to neighbors and businesses through the end of the month, hoping to insure a successful membership campaign.

FRIENDS members have a vested interest in promoting the services and resources of the library through community involvement, volunteer activities and fundraising.

Many members are from out of state and have fond memories of time spent in the library, explained Ruth. Not every member physically participates, but financial support is tantamount to the FRIENDS successfully sponsoring special programs, new and old favorites, cultural events for children and adults of all ages and continuing work to enhance the library's collection and facilities, Ruth said.

Café Carnegie is the newest initiative of the FRIENDS. It has become a popular spot for library visitors and for those who stop in for coffee, panini and dessert.

The FRIENDS Annual Membership Drive represents its largest source of income. Suggested amounts for levels of FRIENDS annual membership dues are: student, $5; individual, $10; family $25; patron, $50; business/organizations, $10; and benefactor, $500.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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