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Please join us for the 2020 Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 12th, at 7:00 pm. This year's speaker is JCC History, Professor Traci Langworthy. She will present “Cause for Rejoicing - 100+ Years of Women’s Suffrage in Chautauqua County,” a fascinating dive into the history of women’s suffrage in Western New York. This year's lecture is virtual, and you can register here
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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 website or Facebook page for more information and to watch the live storytimes! Upcoming visits include Audubon Community Nature Center, Lake View Cemetery's Soldier's Circle, The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, and the Fenton History Center
Gingerbread House Take & Makes
December 10 & 17th
Registration required by November 30th

We are preparing take-and-make gingerbread house kits for families. Due to limited supplies, we ask that interested families register to pick up a kit on either December 10th or 17th. You can register in the library at the front desk or call 716-484-7135, ext. 233. Please register by Monday, November 30th. 

Post a picture of your finished gingerbread house on Facebook and tag the Prendergast Library or send a picture with your name and contact information to reference@prendergastlibrary.org and you will be entered into a drawing to win a fancy box gingerbread kit to master your gingerbread house making skills further!
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From the Publisher

In this moving story that celebrates cultural diversity, a shy girl brings her West African grandmother--whose face bears traditional tribal markings--to meet her classmates. This is a perfect read for back to school--no matter what that looks like!

It is Grandparents Day at Zura's elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special.

From the Publisher

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin - with Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she's abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby.

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

This title was ordered thanks to a grant provided by the Holmberg Foundation. 

The unknown story of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, and the thousands of Americans who were exiled—hidden away with their “shameful” disease.

The Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans curls around an old sugar plantation that long housed one of America’s most painful secrets. Locals knew it as Carville, the site of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, where generations of afflicted Americans were isolated—often against their will and until their deaths.

Want to read it today? Find it in your Library!
 
 
Blast from the Past!
Above is a picture of James Prendergast. The library was a gift to Jamestown from Alexander Prendergast, the city founder’s son, and his wife, Mary. They commissioned the building in memory of their son, James Prendergast, who died in 1879 at 31.
Prendergast Library's Booksale Promo for November is 1/2 off cookbooks.

~ Paperbacks $0.50
~ Hardcovers $1.00


During November and December, every Friday at 2:00 pm, we will share recipes inspired by books on our Facebook page. Friday, November 6th, the recipe is from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 
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.
STEAM Concepts Videos

On Tuesdays at 2:00 on Facebook, join us for STEAM Concept videos. Library staff will explore the concepts behind STEAM-based learning by exploring the following themes:

• Power & Energy • Elements & Processes • Life & Movement • Transportation •Coding & Robots

The videos are recorded in the library’s Makerspace, which is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 mandates.

 
 
Using Library Services: Online Video Tutorials

On Thursdays at 2:00, join Prendergast librarian Kristie as she walks you through how to use some of the library’s many resources. Some of the tutorials include multiple videos so that you can access all of those on the Library's YouTube channel. 

Upcoming videos include: "Using United Census Records in Genealogy Research," "Accessing the New York Times From Home," and "Exploring the Library Catalog."

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