Chautauqua County Book Read

RTPI is proud to join the organizations participating in The Chautauqua County Book Read — a new, county-wide initiative. Led by the YWCA of Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution, the purpose of this shared book read is to invite Chautauqua County residents, businesses, nonprofit agencies and organizations to be engaged citizens working towards a more inclusive and just society.

The 2022 selection is “Caste: The Origins of our Discontent” by Isabel Wilkerson. Each participant is encouraged to read the book and attend one book discussion between May 16-27 being hosted at a variety of locations (online or in person). On Monday, May 16, you’re invited to join us at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute at 9-11 am for a conversation co-facilitated by Megan Sorenson (RTPI’s Major Gifts Officer) and Alyssa Porter (Chautauqua Institution’s Director of Youth and Family Programs).

For more information or a full list of book discussion dates and locations, please visit:

On Thursday, July 21, you’re also invited to Isabel Wilkerson’s lecture at Chautauqua Institution at 10:45 am as part of “Chautauqua County Day” at the Institution. All county residents are eligible for free admission and parking that day. Complimentary tickets will be available beginning June 1 by calling the Institution Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. Free parking is only available with ticket orders made by July 11. For more information on this day or the full schedule of activities included, please visit: