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Concord Library hosts ‘hug your library’ event

LIBRARY LOVE — Pictured, from left: Larry Schultz, Angela Steward, Jeannie Klock, Nick Schmidt, George Ehrenberg, Gary Eppolito, Annette Gernatt, Paul Gernatt, Peter Jozak, Judy Wozniak, Mary Jean Jakebowski, Kyle Baker, Janet Baker, Pamela Adanti, Joan Barsalou, Kathy Rogers, Shirl Jozak, John FitzGerald, Gabe Rogers and Annette Gutierrez. Photos by Justin Graham and Nicole Hebdon.
CONCORD — Several libraries in the Buffalo and Erie County Library System have or are planning to host a “hug your library, so it’s here tomorrow” day.

This event acts as an opportunity for communities to support the many things these free libraries offer, to the public.

The Concord Public Library held its event on June 24.

Several library staff members and patrons were on hand, to show their support of the Hulbert Library of Concord, which was originally built in 1994.

The supporters gathered in the back room, to partake in “hugs and kisses” (HUG© juice bottles and Hershey® chocolate kisses).

HUG IT OUT — Pictured are several “hug your library” event supporters, including Buffalo and Erie County Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski, Concord Head Librarian Annette Gernatt and Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito.
A human chain gathered, to encircle half of the library building.

The library had, on display, five laptops, a projector, computer accessories and a Kindle Fire©, purchased with a $5,000 technology grant from New York Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

HAPPY READING — Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Library System Mary Jean Jakubowski is pictured with Concord Librarian Annette Gernatt, in front of some of the items acquired with a $5,000 grant from New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan.
According to Head Librarian Annette Gernatt, “These laptops will be used to have computer workshops for the Concord Library’s patrons. We are going to use the laptops for our Battle of the Book participants, this year, to play Jeopardy, as well as other projects.”

The Kindle will be used to help patrons order eBooks and “demonstrate what other programs are available to them,” according to Gernatt. “This grant from Sen. Gallivan is an asset to our community.”

THE KING’S SPEECH — Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito read a speech, to start the hug. He is pictured with Head Librarian Annette Gernatt.
Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito was in attendance, to celebrate the occasion.

The BECPL reported that a total of 26 libraries in the Buffalo system have participated in or will be hosting the hug advocacy events.

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System has more than 2.6 million materials available for borrowing. The Librarians Association has 150 members and has represented the public librarians of Buffalo and Erie County, since 1968.

For more information about the library system, visit the BECPL’s website at or call the central office at 858-8900.

The Concord Library is located at 18 Chapel St. in Springville. For more information, call the library at 592-7742.


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