LIBRARIES CLOSED THURSDAY 11/20/2014 due to weather- Central library and city branches - Crane - Dudley - East Clinton - East Delevan - Frank E Merriweather, Jr. - Niagara - North Park - Riverside - Also Alden - Angola - Anna Reinstein Memorial - Aurora - Boston - Collins - Eden - Hamburg - Julia Boyer Reinstein - Lackawanna - Lake Shore - Lancaster - North Collins - Orchard Park - West Seneca LIBRARIES CLOSED FRIDAY 11/21/2014 due to weather- Anna Reinstein Memorial - Aurora - Hamburg - Julia Boyer Reinstein - Lake Shore - West Seneca
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Bright Spots!

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Bright Spots!
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System has 37 branches, over 1.6 million titles, and more than 900 staff members. With numbers like that, you can bet we have many happy customers and a few shining stars. The Library wants to share noteworthy experiences involving staff, library users and the community.

Congratulations to Librarian Dan Caufield

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Congratulations to Librarian Dan Caufield, winner of the 2013 Small Business Administration’s “District Director’s Small Business Week Special Recognition Award”

Digital Learning Day 2012…

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We took advantage of Digital Learning Day 2012, held February 1st, to conduct a training class on downloading to e-Devices through our OverDrive “Downloads 2 Go website!” Technology Trainer Andy Aquino worked with the enthusiastic group of adults who turned out with devices in hand. Click here to view the animoto and check out the class which took place at the West Seneca Library.

Introducing Our Longest Library Cardholder!

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Introducing Our Longest Library Cardholder! Congratulations to the longest library cardholder. Martha Prendergast received a book bag filled with library goodies at the Dudley Library in Buffalo. She has had a library card for more than 80 years! 93 year old Martha is pictured with her son Joseph, daughter Katherine, and Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski. Congratulations Martha…

Public Technology Training Classes

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Public Technology Training ClassesPublic Technology Training Classes are increasing in popularity at libraries throughout the county. On Saturday October 15th, Tom Carloni’s “Intermediate e-Mail” session attracted 19 enthusiastic adult attendees setting an all-time record for a single computer class at the Grand Island Library. Click here for the complete schedule of classes.

Operation Reading Road Trip Success!

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Congratulations to this local family who met their goal to visit each of the 37 B&ECPL libraries in one year! Click here to check out their blog which records the journey that began in Orchard Park on June 25, 2010 and ended at the Central Library on June 21, 2011. Click here to see a photo gallery of the recent media event honoring this outstanding family.

Summer Reading Contest Winner!

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Summer Reading Contest Winner!The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's 2010 Adult Summer Reading Contest exceeded all expectations! Two hundred thirty-eight registered participants submitted a total of 986 book reviews. Prizes were awarded throughout the summer at area libraries. The grand prize, a brand new NOOK eReader was awarded at the conclusion of the program. Congratulations to Anna Falbo, the grand prize winner! Thanks to everyone who participated.

12th Annual Battle of the Books!

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Congratulations to the City of Tonawanda Team 1 on their third consecutive win at the Battle of the Books on Saturday, August 7th. Special recognition also goes to the Orchard Park Team 2 who placed second. More than 500 people attended the largest Battle on record, with 44 teams competing in five rounds. Special thanks go out to the volunteers who donated their summer morning to make this a huge System wide event a success. Special recognition also goes to the Children's Room staff for their hard work and dedication for organizing such a wonderful, growing event.

Click here for more photos from the Children’s Room Facebook Page.

Reading Road Trip

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A WNY family is embarking on a "Reading Road Trip" with the goal of visiting all 37 libraries in the B&ECPL System! At each stop they will have their log book signed and dated, take a photo, and check out a book or two. These "one-tank getaways" will highlight unique features of each library and other nearby attractions. The road trip that reminds residents of the importance of public libraries began a few weeks ago. Follow their progress.

Marilla Library

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Marilla Payne, a young library student from Pennsylvania, recently journeyed to the Marilla Library when she learned they shared a name! During the visit, Marilla was so taken with the library's Battle of the Books T-Shirt that she created one from a logo screen transfer (she's shown here modeling it).

This is the note from Marilla Payne to the Marilla Library staff: "Just wanted to say thank you so much for your friendly welcome of my family and I when we visited in May. Since I am about to graduate with a degree in library science, I was so tickled to visit the Marilla Free Library. Also, many thanks for sending the iron-on transfer for a t-shirt. That was above and beyond your call of duty, and just proves that librarians always take the extra step to help their patrons! I attached some photos of me modeling my new favorite shirt."

Hamburg Library Director, Jack Edson

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This Library BRIGHT SPOT features Hamburg Library Director, Jack Edson. Jack recently received an award from the Hamburg Village mayor and board in appreciation for his nine years of service with the village Historic Preservation Commission. Great work Jack!