Photo courtesy of Sheffield Township Library Sheffield Township Library is hosting a series of events next week in commemoration of its centenary. Here, outgoing director Alexis McAvoy presents a summer reading certificate to a young reader.

A full list of events are planned next week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sheffield Township Library.

Historical exhibits and artwork currently on display will be available each day, and anyone who enters and shares a memory from the library will be entered into a draw for a prize.

Director Christine Porter, after only two weeks of work, sees the role of libraries in small communities as “Extremely important.”

“Libraries have really changed and evolved over the years,” she said, and have “really become community centers.”

She’s seen this firsthand, she says, with families connecting in the library space.

“I feel like it just creates that sense of community (which is) especially important for your small towns.”

For the centenary, Monday will offer face painting from 4:30-7:30 p.m. while Tuesday will offer 3D creations with 3Doodler pens for people aged five and over.

Wednesday brings a meet and greet with Porter, who will share a special yo-yo story session at 3:30 p.m. All participants will receive a yo-yo and learn a new trick. She noted that it is open to children and adults.

Farewell for outgoing director Alexis McAvoy will take place Thursday from 2-5 p.m.

Porter said his role is “try to continue the legacy” that McAvoy launched. “(She) made a lot of amazing changes, made this library a source of pride…. That’s wonderful.”

She comes to her new role with more than 10 years of experience as a library manager in Middletown, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

She had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia but was declared in remission in February.

“I was allowed to return to work” she said, and was “Trying to figure out what it was going to be like…. I always loved the library. I really enjoyed my time there.”

And then she saw the opening in Sheffield and thought “It’s perfect.”

She said the two libraries she previously worked at were in small towns.

“I felt that was where I needed to be” she says.

The library is located at 20 Leather Street and the hours are Monday 4:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 10-5 p.m., Wednesday 10-6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3 p.m.

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