Curbside Pickup at Prendergast Library

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Summer Reading Program Begins Soon

The pandemic has forced us all to keep our distance, even at the Prendergast Library. Until the doors open for regular operations again, you can borrow books again through the Curbside Pickup program. “Our patrons are excited to talk with us when they call to order their books. They want to learn about our upcoming programs and are anxious about when we are reopening,” said Jennifer Champ, Assistant Library Manager, “the staff are also back to ordering materials for the collection, so the bestsellers and other new materials are available.” The Prendergast Library is providing contact-free curbside pickup of Prendergast Library only materials. Temporary curbside pickup hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

In the past, patrons could put holds on materials, however that is not possible at this time. To borrow, simply find the materials you would like to borrow on the www.Prendergastlibrary.org catalog, then call (716) 484-7135 ext. 225, email reference@prendergastlibrary.org, or message via the Prendergast Library Facebook page. “Borrowers are limited to five items,” added Ms. Champ, “at the time you place your order, you will be scheduled for your pickup appointment.” For more information about the Curbside Pickup program visit www.prendergastlibrary.org/curbside.

To return books and materials, just drop them in the front entrance drop box. All returns will be quarantined for 72 hours, wiped down and then returned to circulation. “The safety of the staff and patrons is of utmost importance. Staff will be wearing face masks and we ask our patrons to do the same,” said Ms. Champ.

In addition to material pickup, the library is back to providing printing, copying and faxing services, again, by appointment only. To set up an appointment, call (716) 484-7135 ext. 225, email reference@prendergastlibrary.org, or message via the Prendergast Library Facebook page the materials you would like.

When asked how the Curbside Pickup program was being received, Ms. Champ said, “over the past two weeks 110 patrons have used the service. We had some signage things to iron out, but overall, it is working well now. The patrons are following the social distancing and face mask requirements, and everyone has been patient with the staff. We are grateful for our library users. We hope everyone will participate in the curbside service, and call us if they have questions.”

Library staff prepare the books for curbside pickup which is available throughout the day and Saturday.  Sign up for your time by calling the library at 484-7135.
Library staff prepare the books for curbside pickup which is available throughout the day and Saturday. Sign up for your time by calling the library at 484-7135.

“Imagine Your Story” Prendergast Summer Reading Program

With the pandemic, the summer reading program is a little different this year. According to Ms. Champ, “Children, teens and adults are all invited to join our online program, download the app for the program and complete games, and local area missions. They simply download the app or go to the Read Square web page, sign up for an account, and start to read to earn badges and prizes by completing the weekly missions.” The program runs from July 6 through August 15 with a different activity/mission each week. Each Monday the week’s missions will be announced, and on Fridays the prize winner will be pulled from the participants that completed their mission. Prizes are gift certificates for local restaurants and stores. They are also giving away Farm Market Bucks to spend at the Jamestown Saturday Farm Market.

The program will wrap up with a closing event and the grand prize award. For children to be included in the grand prize drawing they will receive a badge for every 120 minutes read or every activity/mission completed. For every 5 badges, they will receive a free book and an entry into the grand prize drawing. For teens, for every book read or 1 activity/mission completed they will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Teens will also receive a free book for every 3 badges completed. For adults, each book read is an entry into the Grand Prize drawing.

The summer reading program information can be found at www.prendergastlibrary.org/summer-reading-program.

“The library staff and board want to thank the community for supporting literacy in so many ways. A grant from the Cummins Foundation is funding a free book for each child in the summer reading program, the Give Big CHQ fundraiser brought in enough for us to install and support the Read Square program which is the app the summer reading program participants will use to read and win the prizes, again supported by the community,” said Anne Greene, Prendergast Library Director.