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Prendergast Library To Promote eReaders

Prendergast Library To Promote eReaders

JAMESTOWN – Prendergast Library will promote awareness of eReaders and ebooks during two holiday open houses from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

            “If you’re thinking of giving an eReader this year, or hoping to get one, this would be a great chance to explore the new technology,” said Director Linda Mielke.

            During the events, eight devices for eReading will be on display: iPad 2, iPod Touch 4th Generation, Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard (3G & wifi), Kindle Touch (wifi), NOOK Color, NOOK Simple Touch, and SONY Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650).

Jamestown Cycle Shop 4th Annual Snowball Drop

Jamestown Cycle Shop 4th Annual Snowball Drop

Four years running, the Jamestown Cycle Shop will sponsor the 4th annual downtown Snowball Drop following The Resource Center & TRC Foundation’s “Jamestown’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas Parade of the Wooden Soldiers & Holiday Celebration”, in Jamestown on Friday, December 2nd.

“We have partnered with the Jamestown Cycle Shop since the conception of the Snowball Drop. They are an anchor business in downtown and we truly appreciate their continued support,” said Ashley Anderson, DJDC Special Events Coordinator.  “This unique addition to the parade has taken on its own personality and has been a successful marketing tool for all participating organizations.” 

The Jamestown Cycle Shop Snowball Drop will take place immediately following the annual parade.  Two-thousand ping-pong balls will be dropped, simulating “snowballs”, from a Jamestown Fire Department ladder truck that will be extended above Third Street at the intersection of Spring Street.

Audubon Taking Orders for 2012 Natural History Calendars

Audubon Taking Orders for 2012 Natural History Calendars

Jamestown, NY – This holiday season when you’re looking for that “just right” hostess gift or stocking stuffer, look no further than the Audubon Center and Sanctuary!

The Audubon staff has created a unique 2012 natural history calendar.  This beautiful publication has fun facts about nature on each page, with weekly updates on things to look for in nature such as when flowers bloom, birds migrate, bats migrate, when to find tundra swans, how to find insects in winter such as snow fleas, and much more. 

Dave Cooney, Sarah Hatfield, Terry Lebaron, Jennifer Schlick, and Jeff Tome – all Audubon staff or volunteers – have provided the amazing photography.

The calendar can be viewed at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. 

A fund raiser for Audubon, the calendars cost $20 and must be pre-ordered by December 3.  They will be available to be picked up the following week. 

Vets and Active Duty Military Served Free Meal at Jamestown Applebee’s

Vets and Active Duty Military Served Free Meal at Jamestown Applebee’s

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across the U.S., including the location on 340 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood, are giving a heartfelt “thanks” to veterans and those on active duty on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

On Veterans Day only, veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service can choose one free entrée from Applebee’s Veterans Day Menu:

Library Sets Tutor Training Workshops

Library Sets Tutor Training Workshops

JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library Literacy Center will offer training for literacy volunteers Nov. 18 and 19 in two sessions.

Classes are slated for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.  

Classes will be held in the Public Computer Center located on the second floor. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch on Saturday. Beverages will be provided.

The Literacy Center offers instruction in reading, writing, math, and English as a second language to adult learners. More than 2,000 hours a year are devoted to this effort.

Volunteers must attend training before being assigned a student.

There are currently 21 students meeting weekly with tutors, and nine more are waiting for instructors.

Columnist To Give Bob Lecture At Prendergast Library

Columnist To Give Bob Lecture At Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – Connie Schultz will give the seventh annual Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Fireplace Room at James Prendergast Library. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Ms. Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, a regular essayist for Parade Magazine and a former columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged.” That year she also received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary and the National Headliner Award for Commentary.

Do Chautauqua County Libraries Carry LGBT Children's Books?

Do Chautauqua County Libraries Carry LGBT Children's Books?

When a gay adult comes out to a young son, daughter, niece, or nephew, children's books on LGBT families can ease the transition.  Reading these books with a child can explain gay relationships in a simple, loving way. 

As I researched gay books for kids, some questions cropped up. How do our local public libraries measure up ?  Are same-sex children's books available? Click  gay kid's books  to read more.