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April 22, 2019

Headquarters News

Janice Dekoff, Executive Director

New library cards have arrived!
Valle Blair has been working hard and we are proud to announce that our new library cards have arrived!  We now have adult and child cards as well as key tags for adults and children.  Watch out for information on how to begin placing orders.


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
  • Information about the All of Us Research Program
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.

Archival & Preservation Training
The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is a statewide program of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library. DHPSNY provides free planning and education services to support NYS archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that maintain and provide access to NYS historical records and unique library research materials.
The DHPSNY offers free training via webinars and workshops. To view a list of archived recordings, visit:

To view a listing of workshops around NYS, visit:
Two workshops by the DHPSNY will be held in Chautauqua County:

Care and Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
Presenter: Rebecca Chandler, Senior Consultant, AVP
Times: Registration: 9:15 am – 9:30 am; Program: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm


April 22, 2019 @ 5PM: Training Survey Closes:

April 24, 2019 @ 11:00  WEBINAR: Adult Learning in the Library - FREE 

April 25, 2019 @ 3:00- WEBINAR: The Library as Social Connector: Forging Community Connection

April 27, 2019- Gowanda Free Library- 11:00 am: Family Movie Matinee showing the movie “The Kid Who Would Be King
May 4, 2019 - Gowanda Free Library- 11:00am: Learn how to make Floral wreath

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


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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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