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May 10, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director

Library Visits
Now that the weather is improving, I am working on getting out to visit member libraries. It's great to finally see all of our member libraries and learn what's going on.  I will be reaching out to all of our libraries to set up visits.  11 down and 27 to go!

2020 Census
The 2020 Census is less than a year away.  Libraries will play a crucial role in helping New York State have an accurate count. The statewide Empire State Library Network Complete Count Committee is working on preparing libraries and community partners to help community members complete the 2020 Census.  Keep watching for more information and visit the NYS 2020 Census website for information.

NYLA Travel Grants: Applications Available Now!
CCLS is offering 13 grants of up to $500 each to attend the 2019 NYLA conference in Saratoga Springs.  Applications will be due on May 31, 2019.  We have moved the application process to May in order to allow all members to take advantage of the early bird registration.   We recommend that you book your hotel early, especially if you want to be in the conference hotel.  Hotels fill up quickly.

NYS Library Construction Aid
It's never too early to be thinking about construction projects.  Unfortunately, Library Construction Aid has been cut, so CCLS will have a smaller amount to work with than we did last year.  Start thinking about projects and reach of to Jan with ideas.
System Staff News
CCLS Training Opportunities

Training Survey Results

Thank you to all those who participated in the System Training Survey.
To view the results of our 2019 training survey, go to:
Topics that had a lot of interest include KOHA, Wordpress, Ancestry, Devices, and Excel.
Trainings will be announced soon.
The System’s training website is under construction. In the future you will be able to access links to all system training recordings, tutorials, handouts, and a training calendar.
OverDrive & Libby App Training
Please contact Megan to set up OverDrive & Libby App training at your library. eBook Open Houses (Drop-In eBook Assistance) for your public is also available.
Adult Literacy Grant Opportunity
Chautauqua County new one-on-one Tutoring Opportunity! 
For the first time, CCLS is working with Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC) to find community members interested in becoming a tutor.  No experience is necessary, LVCC provides tutor training  for free! 
This program is perfect for adults interested in giving back in their communities.  Upon completion of the training, tutors will be paired with a student and will conduct tutoring sessions in your library.

If you have questions about the Adult Literacy Grant,
please contact Valle Blair,, 716-664-6675 x230

Thanks to the CCLS Adult Literacy Grant,
literacy tutors from Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. are available to work with patrons who are in need of tutoring in adult literacy all types. 

Do you know patrons who might benefit from assistance with their reading?  Are there patrons who would like help learning math?  Who want to be more proficient in an area of basic literacy?  Are there a local organization that have clients that would benefit from this?  Please let us know and we will put CCA, Inc. in contact with you to arrange tutoring sessions at your library.  This program is sponsored by CCLS, so you will be able to count the sessions as one-on-one programs in adult literacy on your annual report. 
If you have questions about the Adult Literacy Grant,
please contact Valle Blair,, 716-664-6675 x230
Member Library News
Help support the library and enjoy a fun 5K through Jamestown!
Prendergast Library continues its fundraising efforts with the 13th annual Run for Literacy. The 5K race is on Saturday May 11, with registration from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. with walkers starting shortly after.
Registration costs $20, and can be completed online, at the library, or on the day of the race. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners, and to the top two male and female runners in 5-year age groups.
Last year’s winners included Remington Whitcomb, John Gustafson, Willow Fodor, and CCLS’s very own Kathy Gustafson!
This is a great team building event and gives runners an opportunity to compete in a friendly race. The race course runs from the middle of Cherry St., down 5th St. to Prendergast Ave. down to Lake View Cemetery where there is a route through the cemetery, then back up Prendergast to 6th St, down to Cherry St. and ends in front of the library’s front doors.
To learn more about the race or to register online, visit
Falconer Public Library Summer Events:
Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Bug!
June 24 – July 26 (5 Weeks)
72nd Annual Book Sale
August 6 – Open 9 - 12
August 7 – Closed for set up
August 8 & 9 – Sale 9 - 5
Summer Band Concerts: 7 pm
July 11  Razz
July 18 Come Back Patsy Cline
July 25  Pearl City Jazz
August 1 Good Life Band


May 11, 2019 - 9am- James Prendergast Library Run for Literacy (Registration ends at 8.:45 am)

May 11, 2019- Ripley Library is holding a raffle for 2 individual tickets, valued at $25.00 each,  to our upcoming event with  The Untouchables, Live and in Concert.  Raffle tickets are available  for $1.00 each.  Stop by the library and try your luck Monday – Saturday 10-2. This event takes place on Saturday, May 11th at Quincy Cellars in Ripley, NY from 7-10 pm.  Join us for music, fun, food and cash bar.  All proceeds benefit the Ripley Library Building Fund.

May 15, 2019: WNY Women’s Foundation:  GRANT OPPORTUNITY- Applications due May 15
2019-2020 Impact Grant Request for Partners

The WNY Women’s Foundation strives to impact the lives of adolescent girls in the WNY community by partnering with service organizations. Partnerships include a grant investment of up to $5,000.00 in new or existing innovative programs designed to empower adolescent girls. Additionally, partnerships involve “value-added investments” by the Foundation. Visit our website to view the full RFP:

May 17 & 18, 2019: - Gowanda Free Library- The Friends of the Gowanda Free Library are holding their annual Herb/Bake sale 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

May 20, 2019 - 6 pm- Basic Computers at the James Prendergast Library. 

May 22, 2019: 9:00 to 5:00 Prendergast Fireplace RoomFlyer
Early Literacy Workshop with Rachel Payne 
Rachel is the coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library and a columnist with School Library Journal.  She will be presenting 2 workshops: 
Recipes for Play: Developmentally Appropriate Play Activities for Babies & Toddlers and  STEM in Storytime. These promise to be fun, interactive workshops with many practical tips for using everyday items to enhance your storytimes.  Each member library attending will go home with something to begin putting what was learned to use.  Stipends for attending are available. Lunch is provided. 

May 22, 2019  Noon-2PM -  CCLS Headquarters - Open House  Join us as we welcome our new CCLS Executive Director, Janice Dekoff

May 23, 2019 6pm-8pm- Salamanca Public Library- 100th Anniversary Celebration

May 29, 2019 2:00pm PLA webinar, Measuring the Success of Health Programs and Services
Public libraries are critical to their community’s health, serving as a go-to resource for individuals to access current and reliable health information. Public library staff have a deep understanding of the unique needs of their communities and the value of serving their patrons’ health needs. Now all they need is the data to prove just how valuable those services are. In this webinar, participants will learn how Project Outcome’s new health survey will help public libraries measure the success of health programs and services. Participants will also discover helpful resources and training tools to enhance their health  services.
To register for, please visit

May 31, 2019 10am-12pm  James Prendergast Library STEAM MAKERSPACES
Register with Megan Disbro@ 
Do you know a cat who needs to be in the 2020 B&T Calendar??  Send submissions to and include: Cat's name, age, breed, and what makes him/her special.
Submissions close on June 1.


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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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