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July 12, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director
NYS Library Construction Aid
Final Reminder! July 15, 2019 The Construction Grant Intent to Apply Form is due to Janice Dekoff via email ( or CCLS Delivery (Attn: Jan) 
Libraries will be given the chance to present projects to the CCLS Board for consideration on July 27.  You must have a site visit before July 27, schedule one now!

Brush up on helpful information for your presentation!
CCLS Construction Aid Presentation Info Sheet 

County Fairs
It's County Fair Season once again.  We are still looking for member libraries to help staff the booth at the Chautauqua County Fair next week.  Please sign up to take a shift at the CCLS table to promote our libraries. 
Sign up @

Sign up for the Cattaraugus County Fair @


Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is in search of bookcases
Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is in the process of moving to a new location on the Barker Commons in Fredonia. They are in search of bookcases to use in their bookstore. If you have any bookcases that you would be willing to donate, please contact Jan.  LVCC is able to pick up any available bookcases.
Member Library News

The Little Valley Library Needs Help!

The Little Valley Library suffered flooding last Saturday.  They have been notified that all drywall around the exterior walls need to be stripped 2 feet up, all bookshelves on walls must be removed and heaters, baseboards, etc. must be removed due to water coming in under the walls.  All carpeting and pergo floors have to be removed, and about 10,000 books must be taken out of the library and stored across the street at the old school. 
The Little Valley Library is  looking for every able bodied person who is willing to help us transport the books.  We need trucks, dollies and strong people to help. Anyone willing to help is asked to meet at the library at 9 am on Saturday, July 13. 
“Many hands make light work”
Fluvanna Free Library

Two categories are featured: Short Story (less than 3,000 words) and Poetry. The contest is open to all ages, however is being anonymously judged by adults, who are teaching professionals. There is no submission fee. Name and contact information must be submitted with each piece of work.
System Staff News

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and the First Steps on the Moon – July 20, 1969
  1. Create an event to watch the live webcast of the anniversary.  This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program.
Webcast Information
Date/Time: July 15, 2019 | 4:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST
Webcast URL:
  1. Share the STEM Activities available at this link - (scroll to the bottom) - Moon Mythbusters - Penny Moon investigation - Earth’s Bright Neighbor - How Far is the Moon – and more.  Plus a Marvel Moon comic book.
  2. Find more STEM activities at the Universe of Stories STEM Activity Clearinghouse -
                                          A Summer Event for kids and adults alike!


July 15: 2pm  Free Webinar Serving Individuals with Autism
Over half a million individuals on the autism spectrum will become adults in the next 10 years. However, there is a lack of resources and services to meet the needs of this group, in particular, older individuals on the spectrum. In this free one-hour webinar, Carrie Rogers Whitehead will go beyond sensory story time and provide practical recommendations on ways that libraries can better serve this growing population. Webinar participants will learn more about this group's needs and receive actionable guidance on ways to provide autism-friendly customer service, technology, and programs at the library.

July 16: Library Day at Chautauqua Institution: LIBRARY PERSONNEL, TRUSTEES and VOLUNTEERS may obtain a free Library Day Pass (good from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and complimentary Main Lot Parking on Library Day.

July 19 State University of New York at Fredonia
 Identifying the materials in archival collections and understanding how to prioritize preservation is an integral part of collections care and management. Audiovisual materials can present particularly challenging issues and require specialized skills for appropriate care. This workshop will address the different types of audio, video, and film media most frequently found in collections, discuss each format’s associated preservation risks, and introduce methods of prioritization. In addition, the steps that drive a successful audiovisual digitization project from start to finish will be outlined and discussed. Hands-on activities will give participants the chance to use what they have learned, and will provide opportunities for discussion of real-life challenges faced by those responsible for the stewardship of audiovisual materials.
Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics
Presenters: Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Manager, DHPSNY
Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY
Times: Registration: 9:15 am – 9:30 am; Program: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
CCLS Website

System Headquarters
106 West Fifth Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Fax: 716-484-1205

Valle Blair, Youth Services,  Delivery, Interim Outreach Coordinator x230 
Wendy Crawford, Processing and ILL x250
Janice Dekoff, Executive Director x 228
Megan Disbro, Digital Services x251
Kathy Gustafson, Business Office x254
Carolyn Hughesman, ILS Specialist x259
Mike Jones, IT Manager x257
Chris Spink, Technical Services Supervisor x248
Jackie VanOrd, Tech Services and Deposits x250

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