The Pickerington Public Library will celebrate a triple-digit birthday next weekend as it commemorates a century of service to the community.

The Pickerington Public Library will celebrate a triple-digit birthday next weekend as it commemorates a century of service to the community.

Over the past 100 years, the Pickerington Public Library has been a local resource for reading, learning and multimedia entertainment. On Sept. 6, it will celebrate its century of service.

"It's celebrating the 100th birthday of the library," library director Suellen Goldsberry said, "'Your library, a smart choice for 100 years,' is kind of the theme of the events."

Event organizers hope children and others will help prepare for the festivities by lending their creative skills to "Chalk on the Walk," a library fundraiser sponsored by Ron Greenbaum, "The Basement Doctor."

Would-be artists can register for "Chalk on the Walk" by calling the library at (614) 837-4101, extension 221, or by visiting the library's circulation desk.

Registrants will be asked to come to the library from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 6. For $5, participants can decorate half of a sidewalk square outside of the library using oil pastel chalk provided by the library.

For $10, participants can decorate a full sidewalk square. Each artist will have all day to create their decoration, and library officials hope a mural stretching the length of the sidewalk outside the library will be created.

"We're encouraging book theme creations," Goldsberry said.

From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., ice cream will be provided to library guests by Culver's Frozen Custard. The ice cream is free, but the library will accept donations.

The Friends of the Pickerington Public Library will sponsor live entertainment. From 5 to 6 p.m., the One More Time String Band will perform. They will be followed by Ellen Ford, a folk singer who will tell stories and lead games on the library lawn that people might have played 100 years ago.

Citizens for the Pickerington Library will be on hand to provide information about and accept donations to fund a campaign in support of a library operating levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

According to the group, the 10-year, 0.75-mill levy would generate $830,800 annually for the library, which currently receives about 97 percent of its funding from the state of Ohio.

Levy supporters say the levy would cost homeowners in the Pickerington Local School District $22.97 per $100,000 of home valuation each year. If passed, it would mark the first time in the library's 100-year history that it's had a local funding source.