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Clarence , NY 14031 Map
Phone: 716-741-2650
Fax: 716-741-1243
Monica Mooney, Director

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One Community One Book - The "One Community One Book" selection for May 2018 is Ernest Hemingway's moving and beautiful novel of love and war in World War I Italy.  Copies are available through your Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.  Visit the One Community One Book page on Facebook.

Book Clubs in a Bag are now available for our "One Community One Book" 2018 selection.

Wireless Internet Access Available

The library is located on Old Goodrich and is next to the Clarence Town Hall. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available. Drop box available.

Click here for a list of upcoming programs and events.

Public Access Computers: 19 computers, networked.  Microsoft Office applications and Internet access.  Printing from computer: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page.  "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Copy machine available: B&W 15¢ per page for letter size.

A Meeting Room is available as a location for community informational services and for programs or meetings of established and recognized groups and associations whose purposes are educational, cultural, civic, or of general community interest.

Assistive technology for the visually impaired:

  • An Optelec Clearview 300 Low Vision Magnifier is available for use in the library. Donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • The Aladdin Classic is available for use in the library.  Purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Pebble HD Hand-Held Magnifier is available for use in the library. This item was purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
  • Digital Talking Book Players from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library are available for in-house use by eligible patrons.


What's Special About the Clarence Library:

The library opened at its current location in September 2001 and is one of the largest community libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

A special toddler and preschool area promotes reading with parents. Adults have a relaxing area in which to read newspapers and magazines. Free WiFi is available and the Clarence Library regularly offers a variety of computer classes through its "Clarence Library Cyber-Train."  The library is well known for the variety of Summer events and programs for children and their families and also provides quality programs throughout the year.  Situated in a park-like setting, the library affords many new opportunities to its community and is a state of the art library for both adults and children. 

Also of note:

A large Classic Movie collection featuring films from the silent era through the 1960s

A monthly Senior Activity Day at the Clarence Library in partnership with the Clarence Senior Center

The Clarence Bee Newspaper: Bound volumes (1965-1982) and microfilm (1983-2014)

Flight 3407 Memorial - Designed by Hadley Exhibits and dedicated in October 2017, this informational touch-screen kiosk provides biographies of the loved ones lost in the tragic crash of Flight 3407 that took place in Clarence Center on February 12,  2009 and provides a history of all facets of the tragedy including a tribute to first responders and to the work of family members who have campaigned tirelessly in Washington D.C. to ensure adequate pilot training and have helped bring about improved airline safety and pilot training regulations.

Some Ways to Support the Clarence Library:

The Friends Place Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc., is a great place to shop for quality used and donated books and materials.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

Fowler's Candy Bars are on sale for $1 per bar.  Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Clarence Library. To register, use the smile.amazon.com link: 


A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to benefit the Clarence Public Library. 


Become a member of the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.


Upcoming Events

June 2018

Registration required unless otherwise noted

Calendar : Newsletter

Battle of the Books Informational Meeting  This informtional meeting is for those interested in participating in and eligible for Battle of the Books 2018. Those entering 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade in fall 2018 are eligible to participate. Participants must be available for the final "Battle" on August 4, 2018.  No registration is required for the meeting. Teams are almost at capacity.

Preschool JumpBunch - Jumpbunch offers sports and fitness activity programs for children. For ages 3 to 5 - Friday, June 12018 at 11:00 a.m. Registration begins May 18.

Clarence Public Library Garden Series

  • Gardening for Butterflies - This is a lecture provided by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens discussing methods of gardening to promote a habitat hospitable to butterflies. Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 a.m. Registration begins May 19.
  • Gentle Beekeeping in Garden -

    This lecture will be offered by Robert Colligan of Gentle Bee Honey drawing on his forty years of experience keeping bees. He will be discussing how to get started with beekeeping and how to maintain and nurture a colony through its first year. This program is geared for those 12 and older. 

    Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration begins June 7.

Story Time

  • Toddler Time: Recommended for ages 2-3 years. Caregivers must remain with the child.  June 4 and 11, 2018. Monday at 10:30 a.m. Registration begins May 21.
  • Preschool Storytime: Recommended for ages 3-5 years. The child must be able to attend the program independently. Adult caregivers must remain in the building. June 5 and 12, 2018.  Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Registration begins May 22.
  • Wee Read Recommended for ages 8 to 24 months. Caregivers must remain with the child during the program. June 6 and 13, 2018. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Registration begins May 23.

LEGO Club - For LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old. Monday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins May 21. 

Wolfe Pack

  • Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m. The FBI Story, a 1959 film starring James Stewart, Vera Miles. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
  • Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. - The Doorbell Rang, a 1965 novel by Rex Stout. 

Tabletop Game Space - For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. No registration required. Thursday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Kidding Around Yoga: Preschool Yoga Class (for ages 3-5). Friday, June 8, 11:00-11:30 am.  Registration begins May 25.

Clarence Senior Center Activity Day at the Clarence Public Library. Card games begin at 12:00 p.m and a classic movie is shown at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday, June 11 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Craft Club @ CPL - Rock Painting Party! Tuesday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins May 29.

Diabetes Support Groups Monday, June 18 - Type II @ 1:00 p.m., Type I @ 6:00 p.m.

Clarence Knitting Club - The group meets the third Tuesday each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your knitting (or crocheting) projects and exchange ideas! June 19.

TechKnowLab Series - Book a technology trainer for an hour one-on-one session in the area of your choice! Wednesday, June 20 at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Registration begins June 6.

Friends of the Clarence Public Library Meeting - June 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Clarence Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting - June 25 at 7:15 p.m.

Harry Potter Night - For the 2018 summer kickoff, join us for an evening of potion brewing, Quidditch, scavenger hunts and more as we venture into the magical world of Harry Potter! Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.



July 2018

Registration required unless otherwise noted



Libraries Rock! The Annual Independent Summer Reading Club for children ages 5-12Program runs June 28 to August 13.  Registration begins June 28 and is ongoing.  There are no meetings.  Simply keep track of how much time you spend reading this summer.  Bring your reading log each time you visit the library between June 28 and August 13 and be eligible for prizes!

Libraries Rock! The Annual Independent Summer Read-To-Me Club for children ages 2-4.  Program runs June 28 to August 13.  Registration begins June 28 and is ongoing.  There are no meetings.  Simply keep track of how much time you spend reading with your child.  Bring your reading log each time you and your child visit the library between June 28 and August 13 and your child may be eligible for prizes!

Clarence Public Library's Annual Bike Raffle--Children can be entered in the raffle by simply borrowing five children's books. By simply submittin a receipt at the desk, children will be given a raffle ticket to enter into the drawing. 5 books=1 ticket.  The winner will be notified on August 14, 2018.

Storytime with Miss Amy- Five Week summer story program series for children.

  • Toddlers (ages 2 and 3). "Tiny Tunes" Mondays at 10:30 am. (July 2-July 30). caregivers will join their toddlers for weekly stories, songs, and crafts. Space is limited. Registration begins June 25.
  • Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) "Garden Gnomes" Tuesdays at 10:30 am (July 3-July 31). Children will join Miss Amy for stories, songs, and crafts. Caregivers must remain in the building during the program. Space is limited. Registration begins June 26. 

Maker Mondays - Children ages 8-12.  join us for STEAM based hands-on activities. A new activity every week! Mondays 2pm-3pm on the following:

  • July 2--Registration begins June 18.
  • July 9--Registration begins June 25.
  • July 23--Registration begins July 16.
  • July 30--Registration begins July 23.

The Checkers Show - Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 pm. Join us for an evening of comedy, magic, education, juggling, and a whole lot of fun! Recommended for children ages 6-12. Registration begins June 26. 

Dungeons & Dragons Game Space - For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Join Jeremy (librarian and avid D&D player) for this collaborative Dugeons & Dragons series. Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 (July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, and August 16) Registration begins June 28.

Preschool JumpBunch - Sports and fitness for kids - for ages 3 to 5 - Friday, July 6 at 11:00 am. Registration begins June 22. 

LEGO Club - For LEGO lovers between 5 and 12 years old. ​Monday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3 & 10 at 4:00 pm. 

Penn Dixie Fossil Park presents Life and Geology at Penn Dixie & Fossil Dig! - Monday, July 9 at 6 pm & 7 pm (choose one session). Children will get a Penn Dixie fossil to take home! For children ages 4 and up. Registration begins June 25. Space is limited. 

Summer Fun Club with Miss Amy - "The Rock Stars--Four week summer fun program series for children ages 6-8.  join Miss Amy for games, stories, crafts and exciting acitivities! Wednesdays at 10:30 am (July 11-August 1). Space is limited.  Registration begins June 27.

Five-Week Chess Class - Presented by Kids Play Chess LLC.  For Intermediate Players who have played chess for at least one year.  Join us for a FREE five-week class for all ages (adults welcome too!). Thursdays July 12 - August 2 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm & Thursday August 9 from 2 pm - 3:30 pm.  Registration begins June 28.

Magic with Mike Seege--One of Western New York's finest magicians will perform an all ages show on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm.  Registration begins July 3.

Cosmic Adventures Traveling Planetarium presents Voyage to the Moon - For ages 5 and up.  Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00 pm & 2:45 pm (choose one session) Registration begins July 3. Space is strictly limited.

Buffalo Animal Adventures African Safari - Join Buffalo Animal Adventures as they bring wildlife to the library and promote awareness of exotic animals in their natural environments.  Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm. Registration begins July 9.  All ages.  Space is limited. 

Family Fun Night: Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company visits the Clarence Library. Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 pm.  Meet a firefighter from the CCVFC, learn about fire safety and take a tour of a real fire truck!.

"Whooo" Can Spot Clarence the Owl?" Contest.  Each week Clarence the Owl will be in a different location somewhere in the Clarence Public Library.  Spot Clarence the Owl and come to the front desk for an entry form.  One entry per person per week.  Children 12 and under may participate.  Contest runs July 2 - August 16.  Clarence the Owl will fly to his new location in the library on Mondays.





Clarence Library Board of Trustees

Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2015

Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2016

The Clarence Library Board of Trustees generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Monday May 21, 2018


2018 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule

January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, *July (No meeting scheduled); *August (No meeting scheduled); September 24; October 22; November 26; *December (No meeting scheduled)

President - Judith Hilburger

Vice President - Michael Rockwell

Secretary - Anita Ballow

Treasurer - Marjorie Ebersole

Trustees -  Joan Schultz

                  Carey Shoemaker

                  Michele Mogavero




2015 Board Meeting Minutes

January 26 ♦ February 23 ♦ March 23 ♦ April 27 ♦ May 18 ♦ June 22 ♦ July 6 September 28 ♦ October 26 ♦ November 23

2016 Board Meeting Minutes

January 25 ♦ February 22 ♦ March 28 ♦ April 25 ♦ May 23 ♦ June 27August 4 ♦ September 26 ♦ October 24 ♦ November 28

2017 Board Meeting Minutes

January 23 ♦ February 27 ♦ March 27 ♦ April 24 ♦ May 22 ♦ June 12♦ September 25 October 23 ♦ November 27

2018 Board Meeting Minutes

January 22 ♦ February 26 March 26


Policies and Guidelines

Clarence Public Library Rules of Conduct amended February 22, 2016

Clarence Public Library Meeting Room Policy approved October 27, 2014

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy

Clarence Public Library Used Book Donation Guidelines June 2014

Clarence Public Library Tutoring Policy, approved February 26, 2018


Regular hours are
          Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
          Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
          Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Clarence Public Library Opportunities

  • Clarence Library Volunteer Application for adults and Community Service students. This form is required for all Community Service volunteers and must be submitted in order to be considered for a volunteer placement at the Clarence Public Library. All applicants should be advised that while all applications will be reviewed, every applicant cannot be guarenteed Community Service hours. updated November 2015
  • Student volunteer opportunities at the library are also available through the Town of Clarence Youth Bureau
  • B&ECPL Employment Application

Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc.

The Friends of the Clarence Public Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community.  They work to promote and assist the library and are responsible for raising money to add to the basic collection and provide for special needs.


The Friends of the Clarence Public Library generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Monday May 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

"The Friends Place" book store, located off the lobby, is a great place to shop for used and donated books and other material.  The book store is scheduled to be open during regular library hours but is staffed entirely by volunteers.  If you're available to help out, please consider filling out an application and volunteering your time.



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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 07/04/2018 (Independence Day)

Library Hours
Mon10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM - 05:00 PM