The Expansion Open House Celebration held Saturday in the H. Bland Hudgins Wing of Mathews Memorial Library was a festive beginning to the public campaign to raise construction funds for the new addition.
Maree Morgan, president of the Friends of the Mathews Memorial Library, said the event was well-attended, with at least 150 people dropping by during the two-hour celebration.
"It was absolutely fantastic," she said.
Young children, teenagers and adults attended the festivities, which offered a variety of exhibits, music by the band Now and Then, refreshments and drawings for a range of prizes, from restaurant gift certificates to flower arrangements to the grand prize, a Kindle e-reader.
Morgan said participation by the youthful band members and the generosity of downtown merchants who donated prizes made the day special.
Library director Bette Dillehay had a slide show of library activities and programs on continuous display, Jack Ward of the Friends had memorial patio bricks for sale—an ongoing fundraising effort by the organization—and those in attendance were invited to create art or share their thoughts on the currently-unfinished interior walls of the building.