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April 26, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director

System Website Renovations
We moved the system website over to a new WordPress theme. We will be testing colors, elements, and more. Thank you for your patience during our website renovation! This year we will work on making the system website and member websites ADA compliant. More information on this topic will be communicated soon.

Updated Graphics Available
The updated CCLS logo with banner and the new library card graphics are available @


NYLA Travel Grants
CCLS will be offering 13 $500 grants to member libraries in 2019. Applications for the NYLA Travel Grants will be available in May or June.  Registration typically opens in July and hotels fill up quickly.  This will allow member libraries to take advantage of the early bird registration and to secure a hotel. Watch for updates in May.

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
A FREE programming kit for summer.  Order by April 30th.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is here to help with your summer health programming! As partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s A Universe of Stories, we are excited to offer a program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space! This kit is available only to NNLM members in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. It’s FREE to join.  Programs in this kit are designed for kids and teens, but can be adapted to any audience.
The Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit includes:
3 Storytime Books: The Baby Biochemist: DNAMousetronaut, and Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
1 copy of Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
Lesson plans for modeling DNA with candy and making DNA sequence bracelets.
Program supplies: pipe cleaners, tooth picks, and beads
Brochures to connect patrons to reliable sources of health information Each NNLM MAR member organization may order one kit. The deadline to order is April 30, 2019. Kits will be mailed by May 24, 2019. This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Member Library News
Patterson Library’s Spring Fundraiser “Patterson After Dark” featuring intriguing cocktails, wistful wines, craft beer, playful appetizers, and a Viennese table that will knock your socks off will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, from 6 PM - 9 PM at the Patterson Library.
This new event, previously known as “An Evening of Fine Taste” sponsored by the Patterson Society will accent an intimate pairing of exceptional hors d'oeuvres and desserts donated by Patterson Society members and local merchants, along with fine wine, and craft beer donated by our local concord grapes and hops belt partners. Our Octagon Gallery Artist, John Merlino will be on hand to discuss his breathtaking art of the universe and native earth. A wonderful group of musicians from SUNY College at Fredonia’s School of Music will provide musical entertainment.
Tickets for the event are $40 per person and may be purchased by visiting the Patterson Library or through a Library Trustee. Your ticket will include the entirety of the above, plus childcare in the children’s area. Several of our experienced sitters from Westfield Academy’s WAVE program, will provide this service, all supervised by our dedicated youth staff, will provide childcare. Children will be able to enjoy movies, games, reading, crafts, and making new friends with their peers, all while enjoying healthy snacks provided by the library.
Patterson Library Director Tom Vitale says the event will “not only raise necessary funds to keep successful library programs and services in place, but it will also provide the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the Patterson Society in its 29th year of service to the library”.
“The Patterson Society understands that the library is a paragon in this community and they work hard to make sure that we keep moving forward year after year.  Without their dedication to the library, we would not be able to be the community center of Westfield.  This year, their 29th is a tribute to just how exceptional they are to us, and we all look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion at the library’s first major fundraising event of 2019!”
The Patterson Society supports programs, collections, resources and services of Patterson Library through financial or volunteer memberships and fundraisers. For more information about the Patterson Society or Patterson After Dark call 326-2154 or email Tom Vitale at
Hazeltine Public Library
Hazeltine Public Library's children’s room is whiter, brighter and lighter (photo attached) now that HPL has installed new LED fixtures and brighter more energy efficient light bulbs – again, the CRCF helped fund this project.  Pictured with library director Katie Smith is electrician Rodney Sanderson on the ladder and Tom Labart, project manager – both from Ahlstrom Schaeffer.

CRCF has also awarded HPL funds to expand their faith based fiction section – check soon for titles related to the Jewish and Muslim faiths.


April 27, 2019- Gowanda Free Library- 11:00 am: Family Movie Matinee showing the movie “The Kid Who Would Be King

May 4, 2019 - Patterson After Dark 6 PM - 9 PM at the Patterson Library. 

May 4, 2019 - Gowanda Free Library- 11:00am: Learn how to make Floral wreath

May 7, 2019 @ 3:00 -FREE live webinar-- Preparing Libraries for the 2020 Census: Digital Security, Privacy and Access
Digital access to the 2020 Census at New York’s public libraries will be a major factor in achieving a fair and accurate count in New York State. The 2020 Census is less than a year away, but, so far, public discussion about the Census has not been focused on preparing libraries for the digital security, privacy or access implications of a digital census. To build capacity and technical support at libraries, and to ensure that libraries are able to preserve patron privacy during the digital census, the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School has made tools available to help libraries implement best digital security practices for the 2020 Census.
Registration for this FREE webinar is required:

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 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


Have you put your winter boots away yet?
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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