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Uniontown, PA – Libraries generally bring to mind books – shelf after shelf of non-fiction and fiction, learning and enjoyment. But libraries are much more than simply places where books are kept. In today’s world, libraries also provide access to technology and office equipment and serve as hubs for a variety of community gatherings.
In honor of National Library Week, local libraries have earned April’s “Faces and Places” designation.
Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville is about to turn 120 years old. Founded on May 1, 1903, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The library serves about 38,000 residents in several municipalities, including both the City of Connellsville and Connellsville Township, Bullskin Township, South Connellsville Borough and more.
Director Sharon Martino said libraries hold significant positions in a community. “Libraries are important to a community because not only do they supply books that people can read for free, but (reading) lets people escape into their imaginations,” Martino said.
She added the other services libraries provide, including computer access for research or job search purposes, are beneficial as well.
Martino said Carnegie Free Library contributes a great deal to the Connellsville community, even offering a program in conjunction with Penn State Extension to teach residents about gardening. The children’s story hour is popular and includes arts and crafts as well as reading, and the summer reading program at nearby East Park is one of the library’s biggest draws.
The library, located at 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, also offers Block Party on Fridays, where children can gather and express their creativity through building with blocks.
Adults have plenty to choose from, too, from clubs devoted to knitting and crocheting, arts and crafts or reading, to adult yoga classes with Cathy Kumor or the Move It and Lose It program with Nancy Koller of Nancy’s Swim Spa.
Carnegie Free Library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 724-628-1380 or visit www.carnegiefreelib.org.
There are plenty of other libraries located throughout the county including as well.
In addition to its many public libraries, Fayette County also features a college library that is open to the public. Pennsylvania State Fayette Campus Library, 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace, offers textbooks, computer workstations and a variety of reference materials, including e-books. The location also is home to the Coal and Coke Heritage Center. Call 724-430-4155 or visit www.libraries.psu.edu/fayette.
For those who don’t have a lot of time to browse and are just looking for something fun to read, Little Free Libraries are a “take a book, leave a book” option. Popping up all over the county, these small boxes usually are constructed by volunteers and filled with donated books available for free to anyone who wants to read one. Readers can also drop off books of their own so that the next person has even more choices. There are Little Free Libraries in Connellsville, Springfield Township, Dunbar and Dickerson Run, to name a few.
Whether you’re looking for a good read, fun for the kids or community activities, Fayette County libraries stack up and certainly go beyond the books.
Editor's Note: Photos attached (Connellsville Little Free Library; Connellsville Little Free Library2; National Library Week Proclamation)
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