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Library Staff
    Staff Memberships
Director
Casey Sirochman, MLIS
casey.ccfl@gmail.com
ALA, PaLA
Children's Librarian
Judy Takoch, MLS
judy.ccfl@gmail.com
PaLA
Inter-Library Loan, Collection Development, Genealogical Research
Beverley Motycka, BS Ed.
beverley.ccfl@gmail.com
PaLA
Circulation
Ron Fosbrink, MA
ron.ccfl@gmail.com
PaLA
Programming and Teen Librarian
Eileen Beveridge, MLIS
eileen.ccfl@gmail.com
PaLA
       
Library Memberships
American Library Association
Pennsylvania Library Association Library
Access PA Participant
National Register of Historic Places

Library Policies

Carnegie Free Library opened its doors on April 30, 1903 due to the generosity of Andrew Carnegie, who believed that education is the cornerstone of success. This was a one time gift with the promise from Connellsville that the borough would provide for the continued upkeep of the building.  At that time, Connellsville was the leading coke producer in the world and immigrants were flocking here to work in the mines and coke works. Built of sandstone in the Italianate manner, the building housed books and magazines and offered early patrons both educational and recreational reading, as well as musical evenings in the second floor auditorium. Over the years the building has had few external changes. In the late 1960’s a basement stacks area was added and a mezzanine tier in the 1970’s. The library was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, and the board of directors, with the help of the community, has made a concerted effort to maintain the structure. Close to a decade ago, one room on the main level of the Library was restored to be the official Reference Room, now The Gettys Room, to its 1903 appearance. Some more recent changes have been remodeling and restoration of the Children's area, creation of a teen area "The Mezz", creation of the Connellsville Area Historical Museum, and most areas have received a fresh coat of paint. Also asection of the basement has been made into a classroom area. Our next major projects include replacing the windows and lighting along with an update of the auditorium. The Library also has wireless Internet available to the public along with 14 computers.  The Library catalog of over 35,000 volumes, magazines, DVDs, audio materials is now available to search online. In addition there is access to several thousand e-books and audio books available for downloading to your computer or e-reader device.

 

Directions:

From the North: Take Route 51 South, exit at Star Junction on Route 201 South to Connellsville. At old train station(now law offices)Route 201 ends; stay in right lane and turn left staying in right lane to Route 711 North (Crawford Avenue). Cross the bridge over the Youghiogheny River and turn right at the second light onto South Pittsburgh Street. After the light for Fairview Ave pass South St (one way)then turn left onto Wills Rd. The Library is on the hill. Turn onto Carnegie Ave which will bring you behind the Library. Limited on street parking is available at the rear of the library on Carnegie Ave and on South Street.
Or: Travel south on the PA Turnpike, exit at New Stanton and go south on Route 119 to Connellsville. After passing Kentucky Fried Chicken, go about 1/8 of a mile and turn left onto Pittsburgh Street. After the third light pass South St (one way)then turn left onto Wills Rd. The Library is on the hill. Turn onto Carnegie Ave which will bring you behind the Library. Limited on street parking is available at the rear of the library on Carnegie Ave and on South Street.

From the South: From Uniontown take Route 119 North to Connellsville. Turn right onto Route 711 North (Crawford Avenue). Cross the Youghiogheny River and at the second light turn right onto South Pittsburgh Street. After the light for Fairview Ave pass South St (one way)then turn left onto Wills Rd. The Library is on the hill. Turn onto Carnegie Ave which will bring you behind the Library. Limited on street parking is located at the rear of the building on Carnegie Ave and on South Street.

On street parking only.

Handicapped parking is at the rear of the building. Once on Carnegie Ave you will come to a stop sign for Market Street. Turn left down the hill to Staff Only Parking. The handicapped spot is beside the building by the door.

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