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Carnegie Free Library's advocate: A role model & more

| Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

For more than 100 years, the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville has been a vital resource for people seeking knowledge and information. And naturally over time, the building along with the library's programs needed some updating.

Three years ago, a young librarian, Casey Sirochman, came to town with the intention of bringing the gleam back to the library. She's worked endlessly seeking grants, donations and volunteers.

During her tenure as director/head librarian, tremendous improvements have been made — a teen area, new windows, new doors, new carpets and other improvements. She worked hand-in-hand with the Friends of the Library to realize the popular Cafe Carnegie.

And along with the library's upkeep and updating, Ms. Sirochman also brought new programs to the facility. Every Wednesday, for example, young people gather for special events. Clubs were formed. Adults programs were initiated.

Sirochman had a vision for the library, and every day she has worked toward it. Unfortunately, the Connellsville community will be saying goodbye to Sirochman, who has decided to leave for another position.

We wish her well. Indeed, the library and the community as a whole will miss her enthusiasm, dedication and determination.

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