New Library Science Kits Available for
Circulation in February!

The past year has been a challenging one for everyone in our community. Our Makerspace was a popular place for people of all ages to be from 3:30 – 5:00 pm during the weekdays. With the Makerspace closed for the foreseeable future, we are looking for ways to continue to support and expand on student learning.

The staff spent time this Spring and Summer brainstorming how to continue to support our community using the Makerspace. We created videos showcasing Makerspace items and STEAM concepts. However, we also wanted to provide a way for patrons to check out STEAM kits.

After researching and discussing procedures for checking out, cleaning, and quarantine, we applied for and received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for science kits that can circulate. We now have multiple sets of seven different types of Library Science Kits that will foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and the scientific method of discovery. These kits are suitable for a wide range of ages and grade levels. They support and expand on student learning in the schools as they incorporate different Next Generation Science Standards.

Parents and caregivers can feel confident that these kits will be fun to experiment with and explore alongside their children, encouraging a love of science. Staff is creating How-to videos to accompany each kit. Stay tuned as the kits will be ready to go into circulation in early February 2021.
To better serve our community's needs at this time, the Prendergast Library has temporarily changed the operating hours and will open at 8:15 am Monday - Friday. Saturday hours remain 10:00-4:00.
We are excited to announce a new program, "Storytime in Our Community." Library staff visit locations throughout Jamestown and the surrounding area for Facebook Live Storytimes. They learn more about the organization or place and share a story inspired by their visit. 

Visit our Facebook page for more information and to watch the live storytimes! Upcoming visits include Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Robert H. Jackson Center, and the Jamestown Fire Department.
La biblioteca Prendergast ofrecerá la hora de cuentos bilingue todos los viernes a las 10:30. El primer día es el viernes, 4 de diciembre en Facebook Live. Generalmente, leeremos libros tanto en inglés y en español.¡Por favor acompáñenos!
The Prendergast Library will be hosting a bilingual storytime every Friday at 10:30, starting December 4th, on Facebook Live. For the most part, we will be reading in English and Spanish. Please join us!

In this video, Prendergast librarian Kristie shows you how to use the NYS Historic Newspapers website. You can view all our "Using Library Resources" videos on the library's YouTube channel.
For the Love of Books!

To find more great materials search the online catalog.

The below suggestions were purchased with a grant from the Holmberg Foundation. Thank you!
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A captivating blend of history, women in science, and true crime, 18 Tiny Deaths tells the story of how one woman changed the face of forensics forever.

Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity.

Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes, and made it her life's work.

From the Publisher
 The author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth—a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that can help to determine whether our presence here is accidental or inevitable. 

Want to read it today? Find it at your online Library!
From the Publisher

The true story of how a scientist saved the planet from environmental disaster.

Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned--and quickly.

Want to read it today? Find it in your Library!
Blast from the Past!
This photo is from the 1945 Jamestown High School yearbook. It shows the "Library Club" that operated at the high school for many years. The club worked in the school library checking in books, arranging displays, and preparing new books for circulation. They would also visit the Prendergast Library to volunteer.

The Prendergast Library is partnering with Keeping Each Other Warm in Jamestown, NY, to place a clothesline outside of the library's Cherry Street entrance. We have a drop-off box in the library. 


Accepted items for donation include:

Adult and Child hats, earmuffs/earbands, mittens/gloves, scarves, and socks.

PLEASE NOTE: we will only accepting ℕ𝔼𝕎 store-bought or handmade items due to COVID precautions.


Keeping Each Other Warm was launched in 2014 with one primary goal in mind— To help our neighbor's stay as warm as possible while outdoors during our cold WNY winters. Thus, the hanging of cold weather gear on the clothes line's in various locations throughout our city began.

Prendergast Library's Booksale Promo for January is DVDs!

Single Disc - $3.00
Multiple Disc $5.00
The Prendergast Library has partnered with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System to provide Playaway Launchpads to our community. The launchpads are literacy building tools for children ages 3-6 and are preloaded with apps, videos, and games for interactive learning.

With no download time and no need for Wi-Fi, access to powerful content is as simple as turning on each device. There are over 50 titles available! Browse the catalog by searching "launchpad" and place a hold on one today. If you have any questions or need assistance with placing a hold, call 716-484-7135 ext.225 to reach our reference desk.
Find Services that can Help!

JobNow provides live online assistance, powerful tools, and other resources for job-seekers.

Access this free database HERE. You can access in the library or from home; if you are using this database at home, you will be prompted to provide your library card number.

We are Hiring a Building Attendant

The James Prendergast Library seeks a building attendant to provide security; this position involves monitoring the facility during periods of high-volume use, including explaining and enforcing library policies, engaging with patrons of all ages throughout the library, and helping to create a welcoming environment for patrons. For more information and how to apply visit

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