Prendergast Library Sets National Library Week Events

Prendergast Library will celebrate National Library Week April 14-20 by offering a variety of programs for all ages.

First observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored annually by the American Library Association. This year Caroline Kennedy is honorary chair, and the theme is “Communities matter @ your library.”

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Acting Director Tina Scott.

Events for children and families during National Library Week include Puzzle Pals at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, and Story Times at 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

There will also be Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Game Day Saturday, April 20.

For teens, there will be a book swap at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and a teen photography contest with the theme “Weird Places for Reading.”

Computer classes for adults during the week are Introduction to Spreadsheets, Introduction to Word Processing, Computers for Beginners, Basics of the Internet, Emailing, and Surfing the Web (Introduction to the Internet).

Library users of all ages are invited to create a postcard poem Thursday, April 18, in observance of Poem in Your Pocket Day and visit the annual art gallery exhibit by the Chautauqua County Art Teachers through April 26.

“This would be an excellent time to stop in, see what’s new, get a card, check something out, attend a program or volunteer for one of our upcoming fundraisers,” Scott said.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

All of the events during National Library Week are free and open to the public, although registration is requested for computer classes.

For information or registration, visit Prendergast Library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, or call 484-7135. Information is also available at prendergastlibrary.org and on Facebook.