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May 17, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director

NYS Library Construction Aid
Are you considering applying for NYS construction aid this year?  Reach out to Jan to discuss your project and schedule a site visit.  Information on the application process will be coming soon.

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.

System Staff News
Consumer Reports and Koha

Many of us have noticed that searching for an issue of Consumer reports in Koha is a v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w process, indeed.
The problem is that there were so many items attached to the Consumer reports MARC record (700+!) that searching for it slowed Koha to a crawl for everyone logged in.

Carolyn and Chris looked for a good solution that will allow us to search for CR without slowing Koha or confusing everyone.  We decided to divide the MARC record into 3 separate records, by the dates of the issues attached to them.
Consumer Reports 2019 contains only 2019 issues.  Please add your new issues here.

Consumer reports 2017-2018 is under construction, but will be limited to those years (and possibly 2016).
Please do not add any more issues to the undated Consumer Reports record.  We are working to sort the items currently attached to this record, and make sure that they move, if necessary, to the place where they belong.

We plan to keep the number of attached items to 300 or fewer, and will adjust the included dates if needed.

It is probably not necessary to keep back issues of Consumer reports more than 6 years.
Adult Literacy Grant Opportunity
 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! 

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. 

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


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    Flyer
Register with Megan Disbro@ 

June 5, 2019 3pm-6pm  The San Jose State University School of Information’s free web conference: Library 2.019 Open Data Property maps, 311 data, school rating information, and census statistics are all examples of open data. How can librarians use all of this data to help our communities?
Register at:

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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