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CHQ Book Read 


YWCA Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution invite all Chautauqua County residents to participate in the Chautauqua County Book Read. We have selected Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson as our common read book.


The purpose of this shared book read is to engage Chautauqua County residents, businesses, nonprofit agencies and organizations to help heal our divides and propel participants to be engaged citizens working towards a more inclusive and just society. 


Each participant is also encouraged to attend one book discussion group between May 16th-27th. In-person and online book discussion groups will be offered. More information on the times and locations of the book discussions is available via the registration link.  




YWCA Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution would like to thank the following partners who have joined us in support of the inaugural Chautauqua County Book Read Program.

  • The Chautauqua Center 

  • Hazeltine Public Library

  • Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

  • Robert H. Jackson Center

  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute

  • Sinclairville Free Library

  • Smith Memorial Library at Chautauqua Institution

  • United Way of Southern Chautauqua County 


We encourage participants to purchase their own copy of the book, if possible. Please note that many of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System libraries already have a limited supply of this book.


Come to the live lecture for YWCA DAY at CHQ on Thursday, July 21st,  with the author, Isabel Wilkerson, at 10:45 AM. at the Amphitheater on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. This day has been designated as “Chautauqua County Day” at the Institution, and all Chautauqua County residents are eligible for free admission and parking. Tickets for this day will be available beginning June 1 by calling the Chautauqua Institution Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. Free parking is only available with ticket orders made by July 11. This offer may not be combined with a long-term ticket. For more information on this day, please visit: 

Thanks to community organizations hosting book discussions:

  • Robert H. Jackson Center

  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute 

  • Smith Memorial Library at Chautauqua Institution 

  • YWCA Lakewood

  • YWCA Westfield  

  • YWCA Jamestown

Thanks to our volunteer book read facilitators:

  • Alyssa Porter, Chautauqua Institution, Director of Youth and Family Programs 

  • Amit Taneja, Chautauqua Institution, Senior VP/Chief IDEA Officer 

  • Amy Rohler, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County 

  • Rev. Chloe Smith 

  • Deborah Sunya Moore, Chautauqua Institution

  • Edward A. Sundquist, Mayor, City of Jamestown 

  • Elizabeth Rowe-Baehr (Betsy), Jamestown Public Schools, Justice for All/English high school teacher 

  • Julia Ciesla-Hanley, WRFA, Public Affairs Director 

  • Leigh-Anne Hendrick , The Holocaust and Social Justice Education Program  

  • Makayla Santiago-Froebel, Chautauqua Institution 

  • Megan Sorenson, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Major Gifts Officer 

  • Rev. Paul Womack, Hurlbut Church / Chautuaqua Institution 

  • Sharon Hamilton 

  • Sony Ton-Aime, Chautauqua Institution 

  • Steven Cobb, Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County 

  • Yvonne C. Makl, MS Ed.  Bemus Point Library Board of Trustees; Chautauqua County Coalition of Women and Girls; American Association of University Women; Philanthropic Educational Organization; North Shore Arts Alliance 

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