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Thursday, April 9, 2015

S.W. Smith Library Plans Variety Of Events To Mark National Library Week

S.W. Smith Memorial Library of Port Allegany plans a full slate of events for all ages in celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18. All events will take place at the library, and are free and open to the public.
Activities geared to children will take place on weekends with events geared toward teens and adults (although also open to children) on weeknights.

Events kick off on Saturday, April 11, with a Princess Tea Party from 10 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to bring their favorite dolls – Princess, American Girl, Barbie, or any type of doll – have their photo taken, hear a story, participate in crafts and take part in the tea (and lemonade) party. Children should be accompanied by a responsible older sibling or adult. Call the library at 642-9210 if your child plans to attend.

“Huck Finn’s Fish Tales” will also begin on Saturday, April 11, the day of the Mentored Youth Trout Season, and will continue on Saturday, April 18. Children are invited to bring in the trout they catch, have their photo taken, and sign up to win a copy of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and fishing tackle.

Adult activities will feature a Spring Coffeehouse on Tuesday, April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local residents are invited to present a brief reading of their favorite poem or passage from literature, or a piece they have written themselves, or to bring a guitar or other acoustic instrument and perform. Refreshments will be available.

“This is the first time we’ve attempted such an event, and public participation is needed to make it a success,” observed Teri McDowell, head librarian. “It will be a very laid back evening, and should be enjoyable for both performers and listeners. If our first coffeehouse is successful, we hope to have them on a regular basis.”

On Thursday, April 16, local author Bill Robertson, who has written a series of fictional books about the Bucktails regiment, will speak on “The Bucktails at Appomattox” from 7 to 9 p.m. McDowell said the event will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions during the talk, and copies of the Bucktails books will be available.

While sign-ups are not required, those who plan to attend these events are encouraged to let the library staff know they’re planning to attend. Updates will be available in local media, and those interested may also visit the library’s Facebook page or call the library at 642-9210 for more information.

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