There is still time to register for the Summer Reading Challenge!
Free Meals and Books for Kids : A Partnership With the Jamestown YMCA

There are lots of fun programs to explore at Prendergast Library on Facebook! Join us for online programming Monday-Friday. Storytimes,
history videos, STEAM ideas, and more… 
Visit Online Summer Programming for more information and calendar of events.
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From the Publisher

Genius programmer Angela Hoot has always been at the top of her class. Now she's at the bottom of the FBI food chain -- until her first case threatens everyone around her. 

Angela's graduate school days at MIT come to an abrupt end when she uses her hacking skills on another student's computer. Yet her mentor, Eve Abajian, arranges a new beginning for her -- as an intern in FBI's Boston field office. 

From the Publisher

In this novel, full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE LIARS and GENUINE FRAUD, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.

When Adelaide Buchman's younger brother succumbs to a drug overdose, she saves his life. In the aftermath, looking for distraction, she becomes a stylish, bright charmer who blows off school and falls madly in love - even though her heart is shattered.

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

Ruth David was growing up in a small village in Germany when Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s. Under the Nazi Party, Jewish families like Ruth's experienced rising anti-Semitic restrictions and attacks.

Just going to school became dangerous. By November 1938, anti-Semitism erupted into Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and unleashed a wave of violence and forced arrests. Days later, desperate volunteers sprang into action to organize the Kindertransport, a rescue effort to bring Jewish children to England. Young people like Ruth David had to say good-bye to their families, unsure if they'd ever be reunited.

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Blast from the Past 
This month's "Blast From the Past" photo shows the original entrance before the addition was added in the 1960s. Can anyone date the front end of the car on the left? Also pictured is the globe street lights that marked the entrance steps! 
Donation to CAP Program 

In March, the library closed the Makerspace due to COVID-19. For health and safety reasons, we cannot open the Makerspace to the public yet. A part of our Makerspace programming was a partnership with 5 Loaves & 2 Ministry to provide snacks to kids after school and during the summer. 

We didn't want this wonderful donation to go to waste, so we delivered all the snacks we couldn't use in the Makerspace to the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County. Find out more about CAP and the critical work they do at

Pictured is CAP Program Assistant Jill with facility dog Willow, and Prendergast staff member Joanna. 


Window Update!

If you have visited the Prendergast Library or drove by recently, you might have seen some construction outside the building. The windows facing 6th Street are getting an upgrade! The installation of new energy-efficient windows is funded by a New York State Library Construction Grant and matching grants from The Lenna Foundation and the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation. Thank you!

Local Virtual Programming!

Participate in local events from the comfort of your own home! Many of your favorite places have provided virtual programming accessible for free online. Here are a few!

The Robert H. Jackson Center hosts "Tea Time with The Jackson Center" live on their Facebook page every Thursday at 3 pm. 

Chautauqua Institution offers access to lectures, visual arts performances, virtual gallery tours, and virtual poetry online through their website at and

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame offers a virtual tour
on their website at

The Martz Observatory provides access to past video lectures as well as upcoming video lectures via zoom on their website. The next zoom lecture will be "Overview of the Heliophysics missions and their involvement in the NASA Artemis program to the moon,
and the purview beyond to Mars" on July 15th. For more information:

The National Comedy Center has created "Comedy Anywhere" -  a program dedicated to providing free access to exclusive video content from the National Comedy Center.


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. 

Zack Won the 1st Community Gift Card for Full Moon Rising Bakery!

Thank you to all our donors during Give Big CHQ! We raised money to help fund the Summer Reading Program. New this year is weekly local business gift certificate drawings. Tune in on our Facebook page each Monday at 2:00 pm to find out about weekly missions and what business we are featuring that week. On Friday we will draw a winner! All participants are included in the drawing each week.  Summer Reading ends August 15th, but there is still time to register!

To register for summer reading or more information visit
Visit the library's book sale for some great August deals! 
From August 3-8, all paperback fiction books are 3 for $1. 
For the whole month of August, music CDs are .50. 

The book sale is open during library operating hours, Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4. 

Farm Market Bucks

Thanks to generous donors during Give Big CHQ, the Prendergast Library purchased farm market bucks to give to all summer reading participants! Pictured is Market Manager Linnea with Prendergast Librarian Kristie. The Jamestown Public Market is open 10-2 Saturdays and is located on Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown.  

The History of Your Library

Tune in every Thursday at 2:00 pm on Facebook for a short video about the history of your library, the Prendergast family, and Jamestown. Last week we visited the Prendergast monument in Lake View Cemetery. If you missed the video, view it here!
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