Prendergast Library Schedules Learning Opportunities

Prendergast Library has developed some new classes to help area adults improve their math, reading, computer and parenting skills this fall.

Registration is now open for afternoon sessions of Basic Math Skills Brush-Up and evening sessions of Reading Remediation starting Thursday, Sept. 26.

“These classes are for anyone who needs assistance with math or reading or would like a refresher,” said Library Director Tina Scott.

Technology classes include multiple sessions of Basic Computer Skills and Introduction to Spreadsheets – Excel 2010 plus single sessions on Computers for Beginners and eBay for Beginners. Three different classes called Introduction to the Internet will focus on email and online safety; online shopping and research; or blogging and understanding a Web presence.

For details about dates and times, call 484-7135; visit the library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown; or check the library’s website at

In response to requests from library users, Joanna Sorensen will teach a one-hour class for parents on behavior and discipline at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. She will start with an overview of normal developmental behaviors in children from birth to age five. She will then list typical behavioral patterns, discuss modeling expected behaviors and present some strategies to help parents modify unwanted behaviors in their children.

Sorensen earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s degree in literacy from birth to grade six. She has been an adjunct instructor at Jamestown Community College since 2011 and previously taught in the Jamestown Public Schools. With a 19-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, she says she has also experienced what it is like to parent two unique children with different personalities.

More new classes for adults on parenting and life skills are expected to be announced soon. All classes for adults are free and open to the public, but sign-ups are requested.

No registration is needed for children’s events such as Puzzle Pals each week at 10 a.m. on Mondays beginning Sept. 9; Early Learning Storytime on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 10; and First Years Storytime on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 10.

There are also drop-in family activities every Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and a Family Storytime scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Teens also meet monthly with their first fall event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.