Big Read Begins Friday

The James Prendergast Library will kick off the Big Read from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the main reading room.

“Lead the Pack to the Big Read” was selected as the kickoff’s theme because this year’s book, “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London, is about a sled dog in the Yukon.

Those attending are encouraged to come in appropriate dress for an Alaskan mining town during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s.

Andrea Dimaio of Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue will display sled dogs and a dog sled. Rescued dogs from the Chautauqua County Humane Society will be on hand, with donations being collected for that organization.

Refreshments will include chili provided by Forte and Coffee Cup restaurants and Elegant Edibles Catering. Dessert will be provided by Ecklof and Jones 212 bakeries.

“We hope the public will join us to have fun and get ready to enjoy another reading adventure together,” said Tina Scott, acting library director.

Other Big Read events scheduled at Prendergast Library are a film showing of “The Call of the Wild” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7; and book discussions at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

For children, the library will host a program about Wild Dogs presented by the Jamestown Audubon Society from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and Dog Care Day with the Humane Society from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

There will also be a discussion for grades 3 through 8 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, featuring two other books about sled dogs, “Granite” by Susan Butcher and David Monson and “Togo” by Robert J. Blake.

“The purpose of the Big Read is to bring communities together through books, and these Jamestown events are a perfect example of that happening,” said Randy Gadikian, director of the Daniel A. Reed Library at the State University at Fredonia.

Reed Library was selected to receive the grant for this “Wild” project promoting literacy. The Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts through Arts Midwest.

Other Big Read activities that are free and open to the public will be offered throughout the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information about its events, call 484-7135.