Second Annual Jim Roselle Read-A-Thon Announced for June 10th

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James Prendergast Library

The Prendergast Library will once again make reading FUN. All are welcome to read, learn and have fun at the second annual Jim Roselle Read-A-Thon on Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as a fundraiser for the institution. “The library is a safe haven for many young families in our city. It is a place for learning, socializing, relaxing and reading. We need to keep it vital and strong, and that is the purpose of this event,” said R. Thomas Rankin, president of the library’s Board of Trustees.

The Read-A-Thon honors the late Jim Roselle, a well-known area radio personality for decades. He was also a longtime library board member who used to say a library card was the most valuable card in anyone’s wallet. More than 40 readers will select 10-minute excerpts from favorite books, poems, plays and articles to share with a live audience. Three of the first readers to sign up are Jim’s widow Kathy Roselle, State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and Chautauqua County Legislator Elisabeth Rankin.

To volunteer to read at the Read-A-Thon, call trustee and event chairperson Joni Blackman at 969-1946. Online sign-ups will be available soon.

Because the event is a fundraiser, readers are asked to find sponsors for their reading slots. Businesses and individuals are also requested to support a half hour or an hour of reading in order to make the event a success.

People can also donate online at by clicking on the Support button and marking their donation for the Read-A-Thon.

According to Tina Scott, the library’s executive director, June 10 will be the last day of the summer bargain book sale with half-price titles. The library will also be hosting a petting zoo from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The Read-A-Thon will also feature food, prizes, family activities and surprises for those attending. “It will be a jam-packed day of activities and fun,” Ms. Blackman said.

Proceeds from the event will support the library’s materials budget and its ongoing services and programs. Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.