Explanation of Our Name

Once a year I have to write  a column concerning the explanation of our name. I had hoped after six years I wouldn’t have to do this article again but I am hearing of ongoing  issues with people unable to locate recent information about our library.

Six years ago we chose to change our name because we thought it would be  easier to understand who we are. Who we are is a library in Ellington, hence we changed the name to “Ellington Farman Library’ in hopes that people would look for us under the town’s name. We thought it would be easier to understand  where we were located as the old name, Farman Free Library, could be in any town in America. In 1924 we received money from the Farman family which was designated specifically for the establishment of a library. The Farman Free Library Association was incorporated in July 1924 and officially opened in August of 1925. Therefore we chose to keep the “Farman” in the name. So what’s the big  problem you say? What does it matter if they search under our old name or our real name?

Read our November newsletter for the answer and to find more programming  information 

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A few of the children working on their Fall Craft





History, Heritage and Heart at the Library

History, heritage and heart– you can find it all at the library in the month of October! For the history buffs we have the program on the life of Joseph Ellicott. Who was Joseph Ellicott and what is his importance to our area? Ellicottville, the town of Ellicott and many streets bear his name. Historical maps point directly to his surveying of 3.3 million acres west of the Genesee River for the Holland Land Company in 1797. Ellicott spent much time in Albany as the Resident Agent for the company and helped survey and eventually sell the lands of Genesee, Erie, Cattaraugus, Allegheny and Chautauqua counties. Come to the Ellington Farman Library on Tuesday October 5th at 11am to learn of Joseph Ellicott through the living history program presented by Tina Scherman from the Leon Historical  Society. Tina portrays Rachel Evans, Joseph Ellicott’s sister, as she brings his tragic story to life and illuminates his significance as one of the most illustrious founders of the Empire State. See information on this and all the October events  at the library in the October newsletter. Follow us on Facebook to keep abreast of all the happenings at the library.


Oct 2021 Ellington Library Newsletter

Tine Scherman portraying Rachel Evans, the sister of Joseph Ellicott.

Plenty of Reasons to Visit the Library

There’s still plenty of reasons to stop in the library in September. From Wednesday Yoga and book club discussions to Craft Time for the children… the library is a wonderful place to visit in the Fall. You will still find the ladies (and a man or two!) practicing Yoga every Wednesday at 6pm. The Crafters & Quilters will be meeting only once on September 20th. Adult Book club is discussing ‘The Push” by Ashley Audrain and all are welcome to attend. Bring your children to the Craft time on September 3oth and let’s have some fun as we celebrate Dots! There’s delicious takeout Chicken BBQ on the menu for September 25th. You’re going to want to call 720-3099 by September 20th to order your meal as they will be going fast and there will only be 160 half chickens cooked. Find the listing of new items in our library, book reviews and much more n the September Library newsletter. Click on the link below to read all about it!


Some of the children who received awards for tracking their reading throughout the summer



Updated Mask Guidelines

Our Library has updated our COVID Guidelines in response to the county’s rising COVID positivity rate. In accordance with CDC and County guidelines we are asking all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks inside the library. We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation. We also have to suspend any serving of food at our library. Unfortunately that means our monthly Potluck Breakfasts are suspended until further notice. Let’s follow the rules and be part of the solution in keeping our community safe.

Your Destination Place

I heard an advertisement on the radio the other day that had a catchy phrase that was proclaiming some business as “the destination place”. I’m not even sure what the business or location was but it did get me thinking about the library, specifically our library. What would you be looking for to be able to declare that this library is your destination?

     If you were searching for adventure and new cultural pursuits the library would be a great starting point. We have seven Adventure Passes to  local museums that can be used for a variety of free admissions. These one time use passes can be checked out with a library card and are good for one week.

Are you looking for a little serenity and a meditation experience? We could be your  destination on August 25th at 6:30pm as Sound Practitioner Dyann Canfield leads a group in a Sound Bath experience. Continue reading the August Newsletter to find more reasons why Ellington Farman Library should be your destination place in August and every month!

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Children enjoying a game of chess at the library


A New Chapter in an Old book

Russ Diethrick  was quoted in June as saying the Jamestown Tarp Skunks Baseball team and new ownership was like a “new chapter in an old book”. How fitting that is if we apply it to our library in these days ahead. Click on the link below to read more of the July Ellington Library Newsletter and find out how we are writing new chapters in our books this month.

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Happy Independence Day!


Behind Every Great Community

“Behind Every Great Community is a great Library!” That’s our 2021 Give Big CHQ theme one day online giving event that is happening on June 10th.
Ellington Farman Library responded to the pandemic with curbside pickup, contact-less deliveries and a porch full of books that we offered for free. Social media, our website and printed newsletters helped us stay connected to our patrons. It was a great time to revaluate exactly how our patrons used our library resources.

Who wants to be number 82 on a wait list for the latest Pulitzer prize winning book? Our library  designates a yearly amount to be given to the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System so they can purchase digital overdrive book and magazine titles that our patrons can download on their devices thru the Libby App. Our annual  donation has not increased in a number of years although the pandemic showed us we have more digital patrons than ever before! This year we would like to be able to have more purchasing power and provide digital patrons with more titles to choose from. Our digital    patrons are sometimes invisible in our library but they deserve to have books available to them just as much as the patron who walks in our doors. Your donation this year will alleviate some of the long hold times and  provide an extended selection of titles to our digital patrons.             

There are some item collections that are more expensive to purchase than others, Large Print and Books on CD ( Audio Books) are two of them. Their expense results in our library being unable to buy the latest novels because we wait for sales on older titles. There were patrons who were homebound during the pandemic who had already read every title we had available in our large print and Book -on- CD collection. We see the need for more items in these two collections but our budget can only stretch so far. Your contribution on June 10th provides updated titles to these patrons.

     No in-person Summer Reading Program during the pandemic? No problem as our library  provided over 80 complete Children’s craft activity bags  last summer.  These bags provided  creativity and  intergenerational bonding as we saw the children working together with other family members in the Town Park across the street from the library. We provided all the supplies and instructions in each bag along with themed book suggestions. Families loved these “Take a Bag-Take a Book” activities so much that they  requested we provide them throughout this year. You can help families with creative and educational activities they can do together at home with your donation to our children’s craft bag program.

     Ellington Farman Library is participating in the Give Big CHQ , an online fundraiser hosted by The Chautauqua  Region Community Foundation specifically to help nonprofits raise funds on June 10th. Our Give Big site link  is: 


Online financial donations are being accepted thru the site on one day only– Tomorrow-June 10th.  Little gifts make a big impact to small rural libraries such as ours. You have helped us in the past and you can be the hero once again by helping to provide activity bags, digital titles and large print books to our patrons. You can also assist us by spreading  the word and forwarding our site link. Please consider sharing our Give Big CHQ Facebook posts to your social media pages. We  appreciate every donation and every effort you make to help us better deliver items to our patrons and the surrounding community.


Give Big CHQ June 10th online Fundraiser

Sweet Days of Summer June Newsletter

Ahh the sweet days of summer are just about here! Somewhere along the way we equate summer days with the adjectives slow and lazy.  The June newsletter is here and it’s anything but! We have programs, groups meeting, fundraisers  and Summer Reading information inside. Read on and check our Facebook page for updates!






May 2021 Newsletter

It’s the May Library Newsletter! Even though we are technically a “small” sized library we are blessed to have a community room large enough for us to be able to satisfy the 6 ft. social distancing policy. This allows us to host small programs that can have 10 attendees.  Plans are in progress to host an in-person Summer Reading Program.  I’m booking presenters and scheduling craft programs for every Wednesday starting July 7th. Check our online calendar for the dates and programs. More information will be in the June newsletter. As a backup to indoor programming we are planning on purchasing a large, perhaps 10x20ft tent we can set up in the lawn in back of our library. This can be used in many ways but will importantly help us to be able to run programs outside in case pandemic protocols change in the next few months. Read more by clicking on the link below:





Spring has Sprung! April Newsletter

The sun is out, warm weather is finally here and we declare that Spring has sprung! Oh we know there might be a stray cold day or even some snow showers again but Spring is here. The library has the following programs happening in April.  The Craft/Sewing Group is meeting again on the first and third Monday’s of the month, a Beef on Weck Fundraiser is happening April 24th with preorders strongly suggested. The Wednesday night Yoga group is here from 6-7pm. The library is celebrating Earth Day in April with free Spring Activity Bags you may pick up anytime until supplies last. Read about these library happenings and more by clicking on the link below that takes you to the Ellington Farman Library April newsletter

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