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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Staying Connected

In 2020, even with our doors closed due to COVID-19, the Ellington Farman Library was still working  to carry out its’ mission in a variety of ways.  We stayed connected to our patrons with an updated online presence offering helpful links to  health, census, election information and activities that provided not only fun but educational content. We offered materials for free on our front porch in large totes that included a variety of reading materials for all ages. Curbside pickup assisted students in finishing their English classes by providing them Classic Literature books when their schools had run out of copies. The library increased our financial donation to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System so they could purchase more book titles that our patrons could access online thru Libby and the Overdrive collection.    The smell of sanitizer was in the air starting on June 22 as we were finally able to physically open our building to a limited capacity.  Our 2020 Summer Reading Program looked a little different but we still distributed 84 weekly  themed take home Activity Bags. What a special joy it was to see families in the park sitting at the picnic tables and working together on their library crafts!  In January 2021 staff completed a much needed weeding and  reorganizing of our item collection. We also color coded Adult Nonfiction books according to theme so patrons can easily locate a topic.

Read more of the March Ellington Farman Library Newsletter by clicking on the link below.

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You plus your Child at the Library

You… plus your child at the library is a wonderful combination! It’s almost time for National Take Your Child to the Library Day. This Saturday, Feb. 6th from 10am – 1pm you are invited to bring your favorite little one and show them all the fun things there are to do in a library! We’ll have Activity Bags they can take and make at home filled with coloring sheets, word search, poetry writing, drawing instruction and a simple craft complete with supplies. It’s a Grab a bag….Grab a Book so we have a wonderful array of books laid out with the theme centered around, (wait for it!) A Library!! Make sure you check out a book when you take a bag. We have ABC Mouse (preschool -2nd grade) on our patron computers, Farman Bear Children’s Newsletters in the children’s room, DVD’s, magazines, a room full of easy read picture books and young readers chapter books. While here you can sign them up for their very own library card. Besides the Children’s room we have a Junior section that has some of their favorite series books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, Magic Treehouse, Goosebumps and more.
A Reminder: Computer usage is limited to 1 hour at a time and we will be sanitizing each computer between users. Masks and social distancing are in practice. See you Saturday!

Grab a bag, Grab a Book Activity bags
Every child is invited to grab an activity Bag and a book from our display to take home with them.

Our Grab a Bag, Grab a book table



Ellington Library February Newsletter

It’s time for the Ellington Library  February Newsletter already as January seems to have flown by! We have been busy at the library with a much needed weeding in a few areas of our item collection. We’re making room on our shelves for all the new books and debut authors’ we hope to have for you in 2021. Inside you’ll also find  information on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)  you can make an appointment to attend at our library. February brings the national “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on February 6th which we’ll be participating in. You’ll find the monthly listing of new items at our library in all genres.  The Winter Reading Challenge, book reviews and a few other miscellaneous items  round out the news. We’d like to remind you that you can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter delivered right to your in-box by sending your email address to: info@ellingtonlibrary.org. Please use “Email newsletter ” in the subject line. That’s it! We’ll use whatever email address the request was sent from. If you are concerned about privacy we will keep all email addresses hidden when we send the newsletter out. You may still request a printed copy at the circulation desk if you do not wish to receive one digitally. Click on the link below and keep informed of everything happening at the Ellington Farman Library

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National Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Ellington Farman Library will be participating in National Take Your Child to the Library on February 6th from 10am – 1pm. There will be Take & Make Craft bags, activity & coloring sheets for each child. You can play ABC Mouse on our patron computers. Stop in the Children’s Room and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Farman Bear News. Take this time to visit the library with your child and it will help them feel comfortable in a library environment. Masks and social distancing are in practice. 

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers.  And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open. —Laura Bush




Farman Bear Children’s Newsletter

Hey parents, we have a monthly  Farman Bear Children’s Newsletter created just for your favorite little one!  Every month it will include a craft, activity ideas, poetry, reading book list and a coloring page. This month they can earn a prize by bringing back the completed word search.  Next month might include a simple yummy recipe they can easily make. Our reading list will include books that are available at our library and will correspond to a monthly theme. This month- it’s Snow! Even if your child is not an independent reader you can have fun doing the activities together and reading with them. You can come pick up your newsletter in the Children’s room or click on the link below to view it online

Farman Bear Children’s January news