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Murray L. Bob’s community education initiative continues this year at the Prendergast Library.

The initiative, which consists of library programs run by local community organizations, honors Murray L. Pope, former director of the Prendergast Library and the Chateauqua-Catarugos Library System. The library has partnered with Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Jamestown Public Market, and Children’s Music Studio to host cooking classes, drumming workshops, arts and crafts classes, children’s music exploration, and more.

On May 9 at 5 p.m., local photographer and Infinity instructor Cathy Panibianco will lead “Artistic images with a smartphone only” in the Library. Improve your mobile photography skills by learning the basics: settings, techniques, lighting for exposure, and composition. All one needs is a smartphone. Sign up by calling 716-484-7135, ext. 226.

The Jamestown Public Market will be at the Library with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SNAP-Ed on May 16 from 5-7 p.m. for “The joy of cooking with fresh herbs.” Learn how to easily grow herbs at home, select them at your local community garden or nursery, and incorporate them into easy, delicious meals. Participants will smell, taste, and enjoy various herbs that grow well in Western New York such as cilantro, sage, parsley, and basil. The program is supported in part by grant funding from the Chautauqua Area Community Foundation.

Additional Bob programs are scheduled throughout the year. The Children’s Music Studio will hold Exploration Music classes in July and August for children aged 6 and under and their carers. Kids will sing, dance and explore basic instruments during these free lessons.

Learn more about the Murray L. Bob Community Education Initiative and find a full list of events on the library’s website at United Way ERA.jpg in April

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