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At the Carnegie Free Library: Repairing a resource

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

For 110 years, the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville has been situated on a small hillside along South Pittsburgh Street, opening its doors to those seeking knowledge and information.

Through the efforts of board members, volunteers and its director, Casey Sirochman, the library is sure to remain here for many years to come.

Recently the library received a $150,000 state grant. The matching grant will help library officials make some much-needed repairs, including a new roof, windows and lighting. The match for the 2012 Keystone grant, through the Department of Education, is already in hand.

Indeed, the library is the city's prized historic possession. Over the years, however, its structure has deteriorated.

But library officials remain vigilant.

In addition to the grant, volunteers are working with the director and the board to raise money for repairs and renovations. The public has pitched in, as well, giving donations that have made it possible for various improvements at the aging facility.

Currently the Friends of the Library organization is working to open a cafe in the facility. Proceeds will go to the library.

Libraries are there for everyone. And officials and volunteers at the Carnegie Free Library want to make sure that our educational jewel remains in Connellsville to serve the various needs of not only today's generation but future generations as well.

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