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Children's Fiction Survey
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Jim Roselle Community Scavenger Hunt

We are very excited to announce the library’s new fundraiser: The Jim Roselle Community Scavenger Hunt! 


Named after a true library lover and community ambassador, the fundraiser supports new and approved library outreach programming! The game will start on Monday, May 17 at 10:00 am and end on Saturday, May 22 at 2 pm. You can play the game anytime during that week. The game takes place along 3rd and 4th Street in downtown Jamestown and ends at the Prendergast Library. Winners will be announced during a Facebook Live event on May 22 at 3:30 pm.


Registration is $20 per person, and children 12 & under can play for free with a registered adult. After registering, you will receive our game code to use in the GooseChase app.


For more information and to register for the scavenger hunt, visit

Starting June 2nd, we will have outdoor storytimes every Wednesday at 10:30 am on the library's front lawn. Free children's books, take n makes, and special guests from the Chautauqua Humane Society, Jamestown Police Department, and more!


May 19th at 10:30 am - Facebook live storytime with the Tarp Skunks at Russell Diethrick Park


May 29th at 10:30 am - Facebook live with the Chautauqua Humane Society


June 9th at 10:30 am - Facebook live at the Fenton featuring their new LGBTQ+ exhibit


July 7th at 10:30 am - JPD Officer Ward and comfort Dog, Hope will join in on an outdoor storytime


Parents and children that attend outdoor storytimes are encouraged to wear masks and social distance. 

Summer Reading

June 26 - August 21

Children, teens, and adults can participate, and prizes will be awarded for each age category. The grand prize for children's summer reading is a skateboard, helmet, and kneepads donated by Jamestown Skate Products.


Monday Take-n-Makes: Available at the children's desk

Tuesday Tracks: Facebook Live Storytime at 10:30 am & learn about animal tracks

Wednesday Wags: Outdoor storytimes with special guests and Free children's books

Thursday Tales: Learn about the history of Jamestown

Friday Fun: To be announced!


Registration information is coming soon!

Butterfly Garden

We are starting a butterfly garden on the front lawn of the library! 

What is a butterfly garden? The garden includes milkweed plants to attract Monarch butterflies during their migrations. In the fall, Monarchs migrate from the northern parts of the United States and Canada to Mexico. In the spring, they fly back north and use milkweed as a place to lay their eggs. Milkweed is a crucial part of a caterpillar's diet, and most caterpillars will form their chrysalises on these plants. Check our Facebook page for updates on our garden!


Plant Swap May 24-27: take some plants and seeds for your home or neighborhood! Any plants, seeds, or cuttings you would like to bring to swap are welcome, but you don't have to contribute anything to swap to participate. 

The Prendergast Library will be hosting its very first StoryWalk®

 this June! The StoryWalk® will feature pages from How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman displayed in windows of local businesses along 3rd street. Stay tuned for more details. This program is a partnership with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

New Language books
We are expanding our language comprehension collection with this set of fantastic new books. The easiest way to learn a new language is to start at the beginning with children’s books. 

Learn Korean Words by M.J. York & Kathleen Petelinsek


Interested in learning Korean? This book is perfect for children, parents, or anyone who wants to start learning at a basic level. Learn useful words, numbers, greetings, and phrases in Korean and basic grammatical rules of the language.


Want to read it today? Find it at your library!

Learn Hindi Words by M.J. York & Kathleen Petelinsek

This children's language book is great for anyone of any age who wants to learn the basics of Hindi. Learn useful words, numbers, greetings, and phrases as well as the basic grammatical rules of the language. 

Learn Arabic Words by M.J. York & Kathleen Petelinsek

Learn useful words, numbers, greetings, phrases, and basic grammatical rules of Arabic with this new children's language book. This book is perfect for anyone of any age who wants to learn a new language.

Want to read it today? Find it at your Library!
For the Love of Books!
To find more great materials search the online catalog.
Paper Flower Take 'n' Make
On May 6th a paper flower take 'n' make will be available at the children's room desk. Available while supplies last. 
Consumer Reports
You can now access Consumer Reports online for free through our website! provides access to product reviews on appliances, cars, electronics, and more. Consumer Reports independently tests and researches the products that are reviewed on their site.

If you are accessing this database at home, you will need to log in with your Patron ID, which is the number on the back of your library card.
Free Board Books
Thanks to a grant from Cummins, we are able to give free board books to local organizations. We've given books to the Jamestown Community Learning Council to distribute during home visits and through the TEAM program, Crèche Jamestown for UPMC's Maternity closet, and United Way. 
Visit for free access to ChiltonLibrary at your library and at home with a current Prendergast library card.

ChiltonLibrary is a database of the popular Chilton’s Manuals that is located in the database section of the Online Resources under Vehicle Repair. The database has manuals of various makes and models of automobiles from 1901 to 2021.
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