Library Updates

2022 Murray L. Bob Community Education Initiative

The library is excited to announce the creation of the Murray L. Bob Community Education Initiative. The program brings community organizations to the library to conduct classes and run programs. This initiative honors former director of the Prendergast Library and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Murray L. Bob

In 2022, the library will partner with the Audubon Community Nature Center and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts to host nature & sustainability classes, nature play days, drum workshops, arts & crafts classes, and more at your public library. 

Please note: All listed events take place at the library.

Events marked with an R require registration. Registration will open 3 weeks prior to the event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on each event, and call (716) 484-7135 Ext. 226 with any questions.

Events with Audubon CNC

Rebel Nature Journal Workshop, Thursday, February 10, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. R

Using Audubon’s staff-written Rebel Nature Journal, educators will lead teens and adults through some of the exercises that combine nature observation and journaling. Registration is required for this event. To register, stop by the library’s Information Desk or call us at (716) 484-7135 Ext. 226.

Nature Discovery Station11:00 – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2022 

Interact with and explore natural materials in this discovery opportunity for families.

Amazing Monarch Butterflies 

This three part series covers how to raise a caterpillar safely and successfully, how to create places that butterflies like to visit and lay their eggs, and and more about the life cycle, journey, and hazards these insects face.

Thursday, April 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Overview of Monarchs

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Planting to attract Monarchs and feed caterpillars

Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – How to raise Monarch caterpillars

Gardening for Urban Wildlife and Pollinators, Wednesday, August 24 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This program teaches about the basic needs for urban gardening, the unique challenges, and the unparalleled benefits of oases of nature within urban spaces. Using a variety of native and horticultural plants, participants will learn which plants attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial pollinators; which provide shelter for urban animals like rabbits, songbirds, and squirrels; and which can also survive the grazing pressures of urban mammals like deer and woodchucks.

Community Science Day, September 10th, 1:30-3:00pm

Designed for teens and adults, this program teaches about the concept of community science and introduces some of the projects that participants can do in their neighborhoods.

Events with Infinity

Long Stitch Binding (Bookbinding) Class, March 8th 5:30-7:00pm and March 22nd 5:30-7:00pm R

Participants will learn how to create a decorated book out of common materials. This class is ideal for teens and adults. The two classes for this program are a series. Participants must be able to attend both sessions.

Zine Workshop, June 7th 5:00-7:00pm R

Learn how to create a zine at this creative program for teens and adults!

Summer Reading Drumming Workshops, June 30th, July 14th, July 28th, and August 11th 11:00am-1:00pm

Join us over the summer for all-ages drumming workshops with Infinity! These workshops will take place outdoors (weather permitting). 

Blackout Meditations, September 13th 5:00-7:00pm R

This workshop covers the basics of using altered book pages as a form of meditation. A mash up of blackout poetry, doodling and occasionally some drawing & coloring, students will be  encouraged to make the process their own. 

Recycled Desk Organizer, November 15th 5:00-7:00pm R

Join us for this fun up-cycling project to create a vintage-inspired desk organizer – the ideal place to stash all those important notes and pieces of paper that wind up on your desk! 

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