Join us on Monday, August 10th at 6:30 as we welcome The Roger Tory Peterson Institute and their presentation "For the Birds". The whole family can enjoy learning about naturalist Roger Tory Peterson through his biography, hands-on use of the Peterson Field Guide and a Jeopardy-based quiz game.
Be a hero and bring the child in your life to the Portville Free Library for our summer reading program! Events are underway but registrations will be accepted through out the program until our final event on August 7th. Charlie and Checkers came and worked their magic for our kick off event on July 6th. The following events are still to come:
July 13th: Fun Heroes
July 20th: Historical Heroes
July 27: Community Heroes
August 3rd: Superheroes
Tuesday, July 14th
Tuesday, July 21st
Thursday Afternoon Movies
July 9th: Sponge out of Water
July 16th: Brave
July 23rd: Big Hero 6
July 30th: Everyone's Hero
August 6th : The Incredibles
Friday Morning Story Time
July 10th: Community Heroes
July 17th: Real Animal Heroes
July 24th: Fictional Animal Heroes
July 31st: Earth's Heroes
August 7th: Fun Heroes
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages selected communities to come together and read a common book. Our "community" is the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System, in cooperation with SUNY Fredonia Reed Library and this year's selection is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The program is now underway and will culminate here at our library with a showing of the 1974 film version of the book starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The public is welcome to attend and see this classic brought to life.
Big Read FAQ
The Great Gatsby Reader's Guide
The Big Read Website
Saving the Fastest Animal on the Planet
April 11th 11am-12:30pm
Join Pfeiffer Nature Center and DEC Wildlife Biologist, Connie Adams as she takes us on a learning journey about the Peregrine Falcon and Common Tern. Discover the astounding efforts underway to save these two very special bird species of Western New York. Through breathtaking photographs and amazing firsthand stories the information about threatened and endangered species will be brought to life. Explore the factors that lead to the decline of both birds and the current commitment in equipment, finances and personnel dedicated to the recovery of these magnificent flyers. This activity is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Portville Free Library. Reservations required. Please register by 4pm, Thursday, April 9th, 2015. To make reservations contact Pfeiffer Nature Center Administration Office (716) 933-0187 or visit our website at www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.
Join us this Saturday, July 12th from 10-3 as we celebrate Portville's heritage. There will be an ongoing photo presentation "Portville Free Library in the Early 1930's", along with a used book sale in the downstairs community room. Directly upstairs a display from our Friday morning Handworker's Guild will be presented. Outdoors at 11:00 you can enjoy a performance by the Portville Bent Brass Ensemble. Throughout the day there will be a Friends of the Library hot dog sale and Kindle Fire raffle and drawing, vendors, a display from the Portville Historic and Preservation Society and games for the kids.
This year’s summer reading program is based on science and experimenting. We are looking forward to the opportunities of making this a great experience for all the children that are involved and hopefully we won’t blow anything up. We will start the summer off on July 7th with a visit from Bwana Jim and some of his travelling companions. He may bring some snakes or an alligator and maybe even an armadillo. His programs are always fun and informative. We will have a special program each Monday evening and a story time each Friday morning. There may be a new discovery, a unique snack, or an interesting craft to make. Children will be encouraged to keep track of the time they read each week and will receive prizes. Our program will end on August 8th with a visit from Nan Hoffman. She is a folk singer and will share stories and fun times through her songs. Please encourage all the children you know to be a part of our summer reading program. Call 716-933-8441 for more information.
“There’s never a dull moment at the Portville Free Library Friday mornings as women from the village gather for a relaxed and productive morning”. These words are as true now as when they formed the introduction to an article in the Olean Times Herald on November 24, 1973. Women’s Editor Marie H. Conner reported on the newly-formed group which came to be known as the Handworker’s Guild. The group offered a chance for the ladies to learn sewing under the instruction of Juanita Gates, crocheting and knitting with Dottie Clark and macramé with Carol Parr. One of these students was Betty Rutterman, who now can be found at our circulation desk. She says that she was invited to join when she admired a sewing project created for her by Mrs. Gates, who was her neighbor at the time. Over the years the group has changed a bit and came to include members from outside the village. In 1988 the group, whose focus had shifted to quilting, posed with a quilt which they made and donated to the library. It currently hangs in our computer room. Three of these members, Maggie Collins, Carolyn McCoy (third and fourth from the left, bottom row) and Kay Anderson (not pictured) continue to be members of the group that gathers here on Friday mornings. The group includes five regular members, along with several others who come occasionally. They bring their current projects to work on while enjoying each other’s company. While no one acts as an official instructor, they are quite willing to share their knowledge on a wide variety of handwork pursuits. New members are always welcome.
Pictured are some of the original members: Ardythe Nothem, Betty Rutterman, instructor Dottie Clark and Barb Bergreen
Tax time is upon us and forms are available here at the library. Any forms that are not available can be printed online. You can go to the links below to do this or we will be happy to do it for you.
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New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
New York State Forms and Instructions
Income Tax Refund Status
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax Forms
Where's My Refund?
All Other States
State Tax Forms
Stop by the Portville Free Library on Portville’s
Heritage Day, Saturday July 13th, from 10 am – 3pm. The Friends of the Library will hold a hot dog and water sale, Kindle Fire raffle and drawing and a used book sale. The Portville
Baptist Christian School will be on hand with games for the kids. The Portville Historical and Preservation Society will present a large display of information and pictures telling the story of Amos Humiston, Portville resident and Civil
War casualty. They will also have publications available for sale and will be taking memberships. Music will be provided at 1:00 by the Portville Bent Brass Ensemble. The library is located at 2 North Main Street in Portville. For more
information call 716- 933- 8441.
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