Pictured are participants from the Summer Reading Challenge using their farm market bucks at the Mobile Market! All summer reading participants received market bucks this year thanks to donors during Give Big CHQ. Thank you, Jamestown Public Market, for capturing this photo.  The Jamestown Public Market runs through the last weekend in October, so there is still plenty of time to use your SPROUTs bucks. The market operates Saturdays, from 10:00-2:00. 

Due to the continuing ban on public gatherings, the library’s board meeting will be held online this month. The meeting will be held on October 15 at 5:15 p.m.
All library board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to access the online board meeting, please email us at
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From the Publisher

In All the Devils Are Here, the 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life.

From the Publisher

A story for a new generation of Maximum Ride fans! 17-year-old Hawk is growing up hard and fast in post-apocalyptic New York City . . . until a perilous destiny forces her to take flight.

Where is Maximum Ride?

Ten years ago a girl with wings fought to save the world. But then she disappeared.

Now she's just a fading legend, remembered only in stories.

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

From the Publisher

Lyrical, inspiring, and affecting text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings!

Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share at home or in the classroom. 

Want to read it today? Find it in your Library!
Blast from the Past!
This photo shows the library's construction in 1890/1891. The building opened to the public on December 1, 1891. It is interesting to see the construction of the roof and tower!
Prendergast Library's Booksale Promos

1/2 off all History Books
~ Paperbacks $0.50
~ Hardcover $1.00

1/2 off all Cookbooks
~ Paperbacks $0.50
~ Hardcovers $1.00

Special Bag Sale
12/10 and 12/11
Kids Bags $3.00
Adult Bags $5.00
Special Full Series Bag Collections $10.00
1/2 off all Craft Books
~ Paperbacks $0.50
~ Hardcovers $1.00

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 you can access all of those on the Library's YouTube channel. Videos scheduled include:

October 1 – Searching Databases

October 8 – Using Ancestry

October 15 – Using Family Search

October 22 – Evaluating Websites for Research

October 29 – Using Rosetta Stone



Join us Facebook Live for a special Storytime from Jamestown's City Hall.

Oliver will visit City Hall on October 20th at 10:30 am. He will show you the voting machines made in Jamestown and read a story inspired by voting and elections. There may even be an appearance by Jamestown's Mayor, Eddie Sundquist!
Take & Make Kits 

Need a rainy day activity? Love doing arts and crafts? Every Thursday, pick up a craft kit from the library! Each kit also includes a free book. Take & Make crafts are available on Thursdays from 10-6. 

Please note: We will have a limited number of kits each week, and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of 2 per parent or caregiver. Kits are available at the Circulation Desk. 

In June, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System was awarded a grant from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. The book selected for 2020 is Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. The Prendergast Library has books available for patrons to keep, and when you pick up your book, you also receive a make & take a bag with art supplies and a notebook.

Throughout the next six weeks, there are several events you can register for on the CCLS website at Events include a conversation with author Kelly Link, our Local Author Panels, and Art sessions with local artists.

Join us on Facebook Live for a full week of Halloween inspired Storytimes! Staff will be in costume reading some of their favorite Halloween stories.

Monday, Oct. 26 - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - 10:30 am
Wednesday, Oct. 28 - 10:30 am
Thursday, Oct. 29 - 1:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 30 - 10:30 am
Saturday, Oct. 31 - 1:00 pm


Join us for the 2020 Annual Murray Bob lecture on GoToMeeting Webinar. Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 PM. Information on how to register for the program will be available on the Library's website on October 15. 


Traci Langworthy will discuss Chautauqua County women's roles in the suffrage movement. 


Traci is an Associate Professor of History at Jamestown Community College, where she has taught American, World, and Women's History courses since 2004. She earned her master's degree in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware and completed her bachelor's degree in history at Oberlin College. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in American Studies through Penn State Harrisburg, researching women who became star speakers on the popular lecture circuit in the late 1800s.


An avid researcher of local history, Traci has spoken at several local venues about the suffrage movement in Chautauqua County. An essay of hers about the local women's equality movement appears in the recent New York State Museum book titled Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial. Some of Traci's and her students' research is also available on a website she created to celebrate the rich women's history of Southwestern New York -  visit to learn more.

We are lucky to have an organization like Chautauqua Striders in our community. Strider's tutors and mentors use the library often for tutoring and mentoring opportunities.

The goal of Chautauqua Striders is to help youth graduate from high school inspired with the knowledge, skill, and confidence required for successful college and career experiences. Through various tutoring, educational mentoring, and track programs, their unique organization can meet the individual needs of a wide range of youth.

For information on their 2020/2021 Tutoring Programs, visit
For information on the Mentoring Program visit
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.

Due to Covid-19, many people are choosing to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming election. In NYS, you can request an absentee ballot by filling out an application and sending it to your county's Board of Elections.

Please note: You do not have to mail applications or ballots to vote by absentee ballot. You can pick up and drop off applications and ballots at your local board of elections office. Please refer to the NYS elections website for details and how to find your local BOE:

The Prendergast Library will have absentee ballot applications available at the reference desk.

If you are requesting a mail-in ballot due to Covid-19, check the "Temporary Illness or Physical Disability" box on the application.

Applications are available to print at
You can pick up an application at your county's Board of Elections office.
Chautauqua's BOE is at 7 North Erie Street, Mayville, NY 14757.

Find your county's office here:
Applications and ballots can be mailed to or dropped off in person at your county's BOE. 
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