The perfect holiday gift!

Did you know gift cards purchased through Chautauqua Bookstore may be used for merchandise and services at the Chautauqua Bookstore, Chautauqua Institution, and Chautauqua Hotel Company?

Give the gift card they'll love here.


Mayville Merchants' Open House This Weekend

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Visit us this weekend (December 6th-8th) and pick up your Mayville Merchants' traveling punch card for the chance to win prizes from great local businesses! Get it stamped at each participating business and turn it in at your last stop. The more stamps you get, the better odds you have at winning!
No purchase necessary.

Visit the Mayille Merchants' facebook event page for a list of all participating businesses. 

Join in the magic of Winter Village at Chautauqua Institution


Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides from CrackerJack Farms are coming back!

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore on the day of the rides.

$6 Child | $10 Adult

Friday November 29th 5-9 pm
Saturday November 30th 1-5 pm
Sunday December 1st 1-5 pm

Saturday December 21st 1-5 pm
Sunday December 22nd 1-5 pm

For more information on the Winter Village, click here.


2020 Battle of the Books Selections Announced

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

For more information on participating in the Battle of the Books, click here.

Whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2020 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
Willa of the Wood: Willa of the Wood, Book 1 Cover Image
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Cover Image
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
Bud, Not Buddy Cover Image
Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars Hothead (Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All Stars #1) Cover Image
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented Cover Image
Ghosts Cover Image
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Cover Image

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