Library Offers ‘Doors Open’ Events

Prendergast Library will offer events for children and adults during the annual observance of Doors Open Jamestown on Saturday, Jan. 19.

“We invite the community to join us as we showcase what the library has to offer,” said Tina Scott, acting library director.

The Children’s Room will be celebrating the 50th birthday of Amelia Bedelia, a title character who has inspired laughter and a love of reading among many families since a series of children’s books featuring her was launched in 1963.

Staff members will light candles and sing happy birthday to Amelia every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and serve cake and refreshments from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those attending will have a chance to meet Amelia, sign a giant birthday card, make an Amelia Bedelia hat, and play “Pin the Pie” on an Amelia figure.

“There will be plenty of photo ops, a chance to watch some of Amelia’s mixed-up antics, and even door prizes,” according to Annie Greene, head of family literacy.

The library’s adult services staff is also participating in Doors Open by offering 30-minute “Gems of our Library” tours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tour stops include the Fireplace Room, Literacy Center, and Information Desk. Those eager to learn more about the library’s resources and services will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, and book prizes will be awarded to many winners.

From 1-3 p.m., librarians and teen volunteers will also team up to offer “Tech Gadget Guidance” for patrons interested in using eReaders and tablets and downloading eBooks from the library. Additional help with eReaders and other electronic devices is available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

All of the library’s Doors Open events are free and open to the public.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.