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Jeannette Public Library to hold holiday lights, decorations contest

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| Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:00 p.m.
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PHOTOS: Margie Stanislaw | For Trib Total Media
Judy Soles, Laura Smith, Amanda Stanislaw and Susan Lambie are the first officers to be elected for the Citizens for Jeannette Public Library group, which works to provide social and cultural activities for the community and raise awareness about the library.
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Cesare Muccari shares ideas for raising awareness with JoAnne Billheimer and other members of the Citizens for Jeannette Public Library. Muccari is affliated with the Westmoreland Library Network, which provides resources and advocacy for member libraries.

For the last several months, Jeannette Public Library has offered social and cultural events.

These activities have been sponsored by the newly formed Citizens for Jeannette Public Library. The group’s purpose is to bring cultural and social events to the community while raising awareness of what the library has to offer.

“Every community needs culture,” said Hope Sehring, librarian.

Programs so far this year have included a Ukrainian egg decorating workshop, card making, glass painting and a program about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, presented by retired state police Lt. John Rock.

Citizens for Jeannette Public Library is now planning the first Holiday House Decorating Contest.

Anyone who lives in Jeannette can enter a decorated house in the contest by registering via email at citizensforjntlibrary@gmail.com or by filling out a registration form at the library. Those who intend to register via email need to include a full name, address and phone number in the message.

Registration is open now through Nov. 30.

All contestants must have homes decorated with lights turned on by Dec. 1. Judging will take place Dec. 1 through Dec. 9, and prizes will be awarded on Dec. 18.

All winners will be notified by phone.

The group has established a Facebook page called “Citizens for Jeannette Public Library.” The group is asking residents and members of the library to “like” the page to keep informed of events at the library.

“This is our first year and we are up and going. It has been a great effort.

“Libraries can’t survive on their own.

“They need friends. It is all the separate talents and thoughts of this group that are keeping our calendar full,” said Sehring.

The group has elected officers, with Judy Soles serving as president, Laura Smith as vice-president, Amanda Stanislaw as the secretary and Susan Lambie as the treasurer.

“It’s important to get the citizens more involved in coming to the library and developing a love of reading. Kids can expand their world when they read and go places they have never been,” said Soles.

In 2015, the group will start a book club at the library and will offer assistance for other book clubs that meet within the community.

Information will be available via the group’s Facebook page or by contacting the library.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.

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