Cattaraugus Free Library
2021 was another successful year at the library! Highlights include:
• The renovation of the entire second floor has begun. The area
will feature a reference section, conference/meeting room, a
bathroom, and a kitchenette. To make this area completely ADA
compliant, an elevator will be required. Since this is such a large
undertaking, construction will be completed in multiple phases. The
first phase consists of new electric, lighting, heating and air
• We have applied to New York State for a library construction grant to
help cover the cost of the first phase. The library director is also
researching grants to help defray costs.
• Received $3,000 from the Nora Roberts Foundation to continue
• Winner of a “Libraries Transforming Communities” grant to host a
community meeting. Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Joseph
Giglio were in attendance.
• Received an Outreach Grant from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
to purchase books to be dispersed throughout the Cattaraugus-Little Valley
Central School District.
• A wonderful, busy Summer Reading Program that hosted several activities,
including Nickel City Reptiles. Twenty-one children read over 14,940 minutes during
the three-week event.
• Former resident, Stacy Dermont, visited in August to discuss her book The Hamptons
• Craft kits were offered for various holidays, including Easter, Halloween, and
• The library will be participating in the Cattaraugus Santa Claus event in December. All
children will receive a new book. In 2020, over 200 children received a gift from the library.
• The library was named an “Honorable Mention” for the Joseph Schubert Library Excellence
Award in March, 2021. One library was chosen as the winner and only two were named
“Honorable Mention” within New York State. This was quite the recognition for our library.
• Additions to our circulation in 2021 include:
– 172 Nonfiction titles – 56 Large Print titles
– 335 DVDs, including 11 TV series – 205 Children’s titles
– 295 Adult Fiction titles – 135 Junior and Young Adult titles

Donations of any amount are graciously appreciated! Some examples:
** $10 – Children’s book ** $15 – DVD ** $25 – Adult Book **
** $50 – Audio Book ** $75 – TV Series ** $100 – 2nd Floor Renovation **
Wishing you warmth and happiness this holiday season!

Holidays on Main Street



Holiday Craft Days at the Library

Saturday, November 20th and Saturday, December 4th from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Cattaraugus Free Library. Free to all children!

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25th from 11:00 to 3:00 sponsored by Jenny Lee and Saving Grace Outreach.  Take out only.  Call to reserve your meals at 716-257-3333.

Ornament Exchange at the Library

November 30th from 2:00 to 3:00 and December 7th from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Cattaraugus Free Library. Bring a new or like new ornament and exchange it for a different one.

Sip -n- Paint at Jenny Lee

December 5th at 4:00 with Dana Crandall.   Call Jenny Lee at 716-257-3333 for details.

SANTA IS COMING! Sponsored by the Historic Cattaraugus Corp.

On December 10th, Santa & his reindeer will be at the Bank of Cattaraugus outdoor patio from 4 – 6. Carefully cross the street and visit Jenny Lee and the library for other surprises!

Breakfast with Santa at Jenny Lee

December 12th at the Jenny Lee from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

Letters to Santa!

From now until December 17th, send a letter to Santa.  Forms are available at Jenny Lee and the Cattaraugus Free Library. Every effort will be made to have Santa reply to each child.

August 2021 Hours

Cattaraugus Free Library Hours

Monday:  11 – 4

Tuesday:  11 – 6

Wednesday:  11 – 4

Thursday:  11 – 6

Friday:  11 – 4

Due to the increase in COVID cases in the county, the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System has advised all libraries to STRONGLY SUGGEST WEARING A MASK INSIDE THE LIBRARY.

  • All patrons must sanitize their hands upon entering the library.
  • Computer usage will be limited;Children’s gaming will be allowed on computers 1, 3, and 7 only.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a person 14 years or older.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the library.
  • Please be respectful of staff and other patrons.

Thank you for your patronage!

Enjoy complimentary access to

Compliments of the James Prendergast Library Association.

Inside the library:

Click HERE to access the New York Times.

You will need to log in to your account. If you do not have an New York Times account, you will need to create an account using your email address.*

Remote access:

Click HERE to activate your remote access code.

Click “Redeem” to activate a 72-hour pass for remote access. Once this pass expires, you can activate another code.

You will need to log in to your account. If you do not have an account with the New York Times, you will need to register with your email address.

*Keep in mind that registering an email address will sign you up for promotional email from the New York Times. You can opt out of these emails when registering.

We are now open to the public

The library is now open to the public starting Monday April 12th 2021

Hours are:

Monday: 11 – 4

Tuesday: 11 – 6

Wednesday: 11 – 4

Thursday: 11 – 6

Friday: 11 – 4

FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY, regardless if you have had the vaccine

All patrons must sanitize their hands upon entering the library. Hand sanitizer will be available by the door.

Social distancing is still required. Please be respectful to others..

Computer usage will be limited to 60 minutes per day. If more time is needed, please speak to a staff member.

Please call ahead (257-9500) to reserve a computer. Only 3 computers are available to the public.

No food, drinks or backpacks are allowed in library.