Ellington Farman Library is a small rural library located in Chautauqua County, New York. With a total annual budget of $52,000 we are one of the smallest libraries in the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System. We also fulfill the role of Community Center in the town of Ellington. Our goal is to always offer a free, accessible to all, user friendly environment where we provide opportunities that support the numerous ways people learn, create and discover information. Unfortunately, at this time, our user friendly environment might not be a reality for everyone.

Do you happen to be taller than average? How would you like to sit for three hours looking up your Genealogy with your long legs stuffed under a desk that is too small? Are you a student trying to write your English report but have a hard time concentrating because of all the visual distractions around you? Would a Study Carrel help keep those distractions at bay? You say you’re four years old and can’t wait to play the ABC Mouse Preschool game on our computers? You’ll have to sit up on your knees and a book or two because our folding metal chairs just can’t get you high enough to reach that keyboard!
With these limitations we have to ask ourselves- How is our library really doing at providing that user friendly environment to all?

You can help us achieve that goal by investing in our one day online giving campaign administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation on June 13th, 2019. Our campaign is titled “Cheers for Chairs and Ditto for Desks!”. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to be used entirely for new patron computer desks with study carrels and more comfortable chairs. After May 15th you may view our online fundraising page but will not be able to donate until June 13th. Our URL for the fundraising page is:

One of the easiest ways for you to make our online giving campaign a success is to be an ambassador for our library. If you would please like, share and comment on our campaign Facebook posts and/or post your own content on behalf of our library on any social media platform you have a presence on. Share our hashtag #GiveBigCHQ and URL to lead folks to our fundraising page. Help us grow our network by sending an email to your contacts and ask your friends to do the same.

We’re counting down the days to June 13th and #Give Big CHQ. Everyone, no matter their size or age, should feel comfortable while using our patron computers. Help us say goodbye to the folding hard metal chairs and too small computer desks. Let’s provide study carrels for distraction free computer use. Thank you for helping us make sure our library provides a user friendly environment that is truly accessible to all!

Judith Whittaker, Ellington Farman Library Director
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