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Take a trip back in time through Portville’s historic newspapers! Through the services of the Northern NY Library Network in Potsdam NY, we have digitized our microfilm collection of Portville newspapers. Titles include The Portville Autograph, The Portville Review and The Portville Star and many issues from 1908-1969 are available. They can be viewed at the New York State Historic Newspapers (NYSHN) website. Whether you’re researching your family tree or just enjoy history, you’ll find a lot of interesting reading from days gone by. A link is also available on our homepage in the Quick Links section. Click on “Portville Historic Newspapers”.
Links to each of Portville's papers can be found here, on the Cattaraugus County page.
Video tutorials are available to assist you as you began to explore the newspapers:
How to Use the Search Menu
Conducting a Personal Name Search
How to Use the Results Page
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Help is also available here at the library on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We are proud to announce that the winner of the Summer 2015 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Teens Write Competition is our very own Anna Wray! Anna's story,. “Fire in the Sky”, is a humorous science fiction tale of a girl who learns an important lesson about friendship when a lost baby dragon falls from the sky. Miss Wray is the daughter of Shawn and Heather Wray and will be a junior at Portville Central School.
Read "Fire in the Sky":
Anna received a plaque and a gift certificate at a reception hosted by the library.
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.
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