JAMESTOWN - Prendergast Library has added new books about pregnancy, birth, infant care, and other issues of special interest to women with support from Zonta Club of Jamestown.
"Women will be able to use these materials to access current information that will affect their well-being and that of their children," said Director Tina Scott.
"We are so excited to work with the library and provide titles that can help women in our community," according to Julia Derkovitz, liaison between Zonta Club of Jamestown and Prendergast Library.
Tina Scott, director of Prendergast Library, left, shows new books purchased with a grant from Zonta Club of Jamestown to club members Sylvia Stenander, center, and Mary Rappole, right.
Zonta's support represents a donation of $675 from the second annual Mother-Daughter Charity Softball Game held in July at Sharpe Field at the Chautauqua Institution. Each year the softball teams raise money for charity, and Zonta Club of Jamestown benefitted from proceeds in 2013, toward its mission of advancing the status of women locally and worldwide.
"We would like to extend our appreciation to Cesca Koron and Jenny Rappole for their thoughtfulness and presentation of this gift," said Club President Bonnie DeJoy.
When Zonta members decided to dedicate the gift toward providing new books for women and adolescent girls at Prendergast Library, part of their donation was used to update materials on pregnancy, birth and infant care they had provided to the library in 2011. Subjects include breastfeeding and healthy eating while expecting.
Other books were also added about challenges facing young teen-age girls as they mature, women's health concerns like breast cancer, and career topics such as job searching, training, networking, and advancement.
For area residents who would like to borrow the new books, there is no charge for a library card, and the library is open 69.5 hours a week for browsers' convenience. The new materials are on display, and a list of titles is available in print or online.
Zonta members also hope to explore programming with the library on women's issues.
To learn more about the Zonta Club of Jamestown, check its website www.ZontaJamestown.org or visit its Facebook page.
Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.
For information, call 484-7135.