Bequest provides new children’s computers at Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library Children’s Room has installed two new computers with software designed for children in pre-school through Grade 6, thanks to a bequest from Ann M. “Aunty Ann” Lager, who died in February.

“This is a wonderful way to honor a longtime library user and a great investment in early childhood learning,” said Library Director Tina Scott.

Lager was born in Sweden in 1919 and came to Jamestown at the age of 6. The library was a special place to her from the beginning, and she was overjoyed when her mother and a friend’s mother would allow the girls to walk to the library by themselves. She continued to walk to the library later in life with her husband, Axel, if bad weather prohibited driving.

Lager worked for the Jamestown Telephone Corporation in customer service for 40 years and was a lifelong member of the Chautauqua County Weavers Guild. Survivors in Jamestown include a niece, ElsMarie Anderson, and a great-niece, Cynthia McDonough.

Family members will provide a memorial plaque near the Advanced Kids Education Stations, which feature flat touch-screen monitors, multi-colored keyboards, and child-sized mice. More than 50 award-winning educational software packages for both early learning and elementary grades are included, as well as games and art programs. Internet access with a safe, child-friendly browser is offered, and two handheld digital microscopes are available. The new computers supplement others that are often in use by older students.

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.