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Prendergast Library Sets Fall Classes

Prendergast Library Sets Fall Classes

JAMESTOWN – Prendergast Library will offer classes on 24 topics this fall in its Public Computer Center, plus one-on-one instruction by appointment on a variety of other subjects.

            “These classes are focused on computer and career skills that will benefit job seekers,” said Library Director Catherine Way.

            Classes are taught at basic, intermediate and advanced levels, and are aimed at local business persons as well as the general public.

            Beginners’ classes include Let’s Start with Computers (in English and with Spanish support), Let’s Start with Word, Let’s Start with Excel, E-mail Basics, Internet Basics, Computers for Beginners, and Beginning Microsoft Word Processing.

Prendergast Promotes Library Card Sign-Up Month

Prendergast Promotes Library Card Sign-Up Month

JAMESTOWN – September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Prendergast Library is encouraging area residents to be sure a library card is in their wallet.

“A library card is a ticket to opportunity,” said Library Director Catherine A. Way.

Sign-Up Month coincides with the opening of the new school year and reminds parents that one way to raise readers is to take children to the library. 

“The most important school supply of all is a library card,” Ms. Way said.

 According to the director, studies show that children who are read to at home and use a library perform better in school and are more likely to rely on libraries later for lifetime learning.

At Prendergast Library, children who can write their first and last names are eligible for a library card. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child, fill out and sign the registration form, and show proof of address. Children 13 and under receive cards in the Children’s Room.

Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a new law to protect New York's waters and the Great Lakes by requiring a state permit for the withdrawal of large volumes of water from the state's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.

The new law is designed to foster responsible conservation practices and economic growth while protecting water bodies and wildlife habitats. The permitting process will ensure a continued water supply to existing municipal, agricultural and industrial users, and will help identify areas that could support new water-dependent businesses. Specifically, the law requires approval before operating or proposing a system with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons or more per day of surface and groundwater.

"The preservation and protection of New York's water resources is vital to the state's residents, farmers and businesses," Governor Cuomo said.

Free Kids Entrée at Jamestown Applebee’s This 4th of July

Free Kids Entrée at Jamestown Applebee’s This 4th of July

Before the fireworks blast off, kids are invited to celebrate our nation’s independence with a free meal at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant in Jamestown, NY.

Only on July 4th, kids can choose one free entrée from the follow options on the Kids’ Menu:

  • Chicken Fingers
  • Mini Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Kraft®  Macaroni & Cheese
  • Fried Shrimp
  • Hot Dog

To take advantage of the Kids Eat Free event, customers must dine in and children should be 10 and under and accompanied by an adult.   Each party will receive two (2) free Kids Meal per adult entrée purchase.

The Kids Eat Free on Fourth of July special offer is valid at Applebee’s restaurants across upstate New York and Connecticut, including the Jamestown Applebee’s located at 349 East Fairmont Avenue, Lakewood, New York 14750.

Library System Finds Strong Demand For E-Books

Library System Finds Strong Demand For E-Books

JAMESTOWN – E-books are now the fastest growing service of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, according to Director Catherine Way.

“Our local experience mirrors a national e-book surge,” Ms. Way said.

In February, American publishers ranked e-books as their #1 format, and Amazon.com recently announced its customers now buy more e-books than print books.  

Using library cards from the System’s 24 automated libraries, area residents have downloaded more than 9,000 e-books since the System began offering them in December 2010.

The top downloads to date are “To Have and to Kill,” “The 19th Wife,” “And Then There Were None,” “The Girl who Kicks the Hornet’s Nest,” “Harvesting the Heart” and “The Pillars of the Earth.”

Library Closing Early Thursday For Book Sale Set Up

Library Closing Early Thursday For Book Sale Set Up

JAMESTOWN – The James Prendergast Library in Jamestown will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, to set up for its 32nd annual two-day book sale. No regular library services will be available during the event.

The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

All books are divided into categories and labeled by topic such as business, health and fiction for sale on the main floor. Collectors’ items, rare books, encyclopedias, books in sets, and books in especially good condition are displayed in the Special Room to the left of the library entrance.

Non-book items such as records, audio cassettes, sheet music, videos, DVDs and CDs are for sale upstairs in the art gallery, which is accessible by elevator. Prices have not increased since 1991.

Prendergast Library Seeks Book Sale Donations

Prendergast Library Seeks Book Sale Donations

JAMESTOWN – The James Prendergast Library in Jamestown is accepting donations through June 1 for its 32nd annual book sale to be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

“The majority of books in the sale are donated to the library from the community,” said Director Catherine Way.

“People have been very generous so far. They’ve kept the library in mind while spring cleaning,” she said.          

Proceeds from the sale are used to buy new library materials. Many of the donations, which are tax deductible, are also added to the library’s collection. The June 1 deadline gives staff members time to sort items before the sale begins.

“We need any paperbacks or hardcover books, except for condensed books, textbooks or encyclopedias more than 10 years old,” said Cheryl Johnson, chief reference librarian.