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Sirochman: Fayette genealogy workshop planned for Wednesday

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By Casey Sirochman
Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:39 a.m.
 

As time passes, with this year marking 60 years of the Fayette County Fair and my personal and direct involvement for at least half of those years, I notice the fair is becoming similar to a community/family summer reunion. When thinking about summer and family reunions, it is a natural connection to genealogical research. As such, I, director of the Carnegie Free Library, and representatives from the Fayette County Historical Society and Genealogical Society will be holding a genealogy workshop at the fair at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 4-H/Youth Building. If you or someone you know who is interested in genealogical research cannot make it to this workshop, patrons with a library card from Brownsville, Carnegie Free Library, German-Masontown and Uniontown have access to several dozen free six-week certificates granting online courses, including a genealogy course through Gale Courses. Other classes include areas for professional and personal growth, such as test preparation for high school students. For questions about the courses or free workshops to explain how to access them, call 724-628-1380.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, the Carnegie Free Library will present a free children's story hour at the fair with take-away craft. After the completion of our youth summer reading programs the first week of August, the library staff will take a few weeks off to prepare for fall programming for youths. Volunteers are welcome to help as guest readers during children's story hour at 11 a.m. every Wednesday or to offer other ideas for youth programming. Bedtime stories will be offered in the evening beginning in the fall.

Teens are welcome to join the Teen Advisory Group to offer suggestions about programs and ideas for teen activities at the library in the teen area, The Mezz. Look for familiar programs such as Anime Club, Wii dancing events and more. A teen event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 and will include a free candy buffet and cornhole game. Other school-time events include a free community movie on Aug. 30, with more details to follow soon.

The Fayette County libraries are looking for passionate patrons or supports to volunteer to be included in a two-day, unique one-time opportunity to assist with strategic planning. Please contact Amy Ryan, FCLS president and director of the German-Masontown Public Library at 724-583-7030 or email fayettelibraries@gmail.com. Despite difficult economic times, the 10 Fayette County libraries continue to provide more than 150 hours of free access to books, materials, programs, computers, Internet, etc., to the residents of the 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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