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The Prendergast Library Is An Invaluable Part In The Community

To The Reader’s Forum:

On Dec. 21,1879, James Prendergast, grandson of founder of Jamestown died unexpected from illness in Buffalo, N.Y.

Upon his wishes, all his profits of the Prendergast block was to go to build a free library. Pendergast Library was born. When it opened doors to public on Dec. 1, 1891, the evening journal noted, “The opening of the Prendergast Library marks an important epoch in our local history. Few communities can boast so magnificent a public gift.”

This continues to be true today. With the passing of the vote to increase taxing to support of the library, it speaks to its invaluable part in and for the community. Besides the mere offering of books, the library offers so much more! It offers story time to kids, S.T.E.M. classes, literacy classes, a maker space, complete with 3D printer. It offers a place for public organizations to meet. Groups such as Toastmasters, a public speaking group, of which I am a member. Toastmasters prepares leaders and offers speech training with is useful in all situations in life. The library offers a place for free WiFi, indispensable to those without the means to have it at their place of residence. The library offers much to help adjust the inequalities between the rich and poor. It is a stepping stone to those who choose to utilize its valuable attributes and social contributions.

I would encourage the community to continue to support such a valuable aspect of Jamestown.

Thank you,

Ella Mae Montaygne

Jamestown

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