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

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Support the Clarence Public Library's Children's Reading Garden.
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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.

 

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.

Lexia® Learning Software is available for Clarence Middle and High School students.

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)

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 and search for "Friends of the Clarence Public Library Inc" as your choice of charitable organization.  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

October 2017

Registration required unless otherwise noted

Calendar

 

  • The Donut Girls, a WWI Story--In this program created by History Houses, Theresa Woods presents Helen Purviance and Margaret Sheldon traveling with the Salvation Army to France to be part of the effort in the First World War. Inspired by the American Girl Doll and intended for ages 5-12. Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins September 18, 2017.
     
  • Preschool JumpBunch - For ages 3 to 5 - Friday, October  6, 2017 at 11:00 am. Registration begins September 22.
  • Late Fall Storytimes Programs begin at 10:30 a.m. Click on the flyer for more details. Toddler Time—Mondays: October 2, October 30 and November 6. Registration begins September 18. Preschool Storytime—Tuesdays: October 3, October 31 and November 7. Registration begins September 19. Wee Read—Wednesdays: October 4, November 1, and November 8. Registration begins September 20.
  • "L" Is for Library - Expectant and new moms, caregivers and children from birth to 24 months  join us for a special program that encourages you and your child to partner with the library to foster literacy skills. Thursday, October 5, 2017,10:30 a.m. Registration begins September 21. Space is limited.
  • Clarence Senior Center Activity Day at the Clarence Public Library. Card games begin at noon. Classic movie is screened at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7 (movie: Desk Set, c. 1957, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy).
     
  • Clarence Library Bookmarks - A book discussion group. Tuesday October 10 at 7 pm.  The book to be discussed is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
  • Library Craft Time - "Spooktacular Crafts."  Program is designed for children ages 5-12 and pre-registration is necessary. The program will be held October 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins September 26.
  • The LEGO Club - for children ages 5 through 12 - Thursday October 12, 4:00 pm.  Registration begins September 28.
     
  • Kidding Around Yoga Preschool Yoga Class (for ages 3-5). Friday, October 13, 11:00-11:30 am. Registration begins September 29.
     
  • Friends of the Clarence Public Library – Regular meeting of the library fundraising organization.  Find out what you can do to support the library – Monday October 23 at 6:00 p.m.
     
  • Knitting Club - Meets one Tuesday each month from 6 to 8:30 pm.  October 10.  No registration required.
     
  • Fall Book Sale - Begins October 18 at 6 pm (Members only night). General public: Thursday October 19 (10 am-8:30 pm) ; Friday October 20 (10 am-4:30 pm) ; Saturday - All day $4 bag sale (10 am-4 pm).  All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Clarence Public Library Inc.  
     
  • Clarence Library Board of Trustees – Regular meeting – Monday October 23 at 7:15 p.m.
     
  • Author Event: Karen Chesnutt, PhD - author of Syndrome Y: Building Emotional Strength for your Underperforming, Unmotivated, Underachieving Son.  Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Registration begins October 10.  
     
  • Computer Class: Organizing Your Files & Folders - Wednesday October 25, 1 - 3 pm.
     
  • Comic Fest 2017.  Save the date for the Clarence Public Library's Third Annual Comic Fest.  Held October 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. 
     
  • The LEGO Club - for children ages 5 through 12 - Monday October 30, 4:00 p.m.  Registration begins October 16.

 

November 2017

Registration required unless otherwise noted

Newsletter-Calendar

 

  • NaNoWriMo Write-In.  Every Monday night in November from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Clarence Public Library will be hosting a Write-In for those participating in National Novel Writing Month.  No registration is required.
     
  • How to Enter the Solar Industry - *free presentation* - Join Bob Timkey, nationally certified Solar PV Associate to learn more about the Renewable Energy industry where opportunity abounds.  Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 - 7:00 pm.  No registration required.
  • The LEGO Club - for children ages 5 through 12 - Monday November 13, 4:00 p.m.  Registration begins October 30.
  • Six-Week Chess Clinic - for all ages - free chess clinic sponsored by Kids Play Chess, LLC.  Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm. November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2, December 9, December 16. Registration starts October 21.
  • Preschool JumpBunch - For ages 3 to 5 - Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 am. Registration begins October 20.
  • Late Fall Storytimes. Late Fall Storytimes continue in November. All storytimes begin at 10:30 a.m. Click on the flyer for more details.
     
  • Toddler Time —Mondays:  November 6,13, 20 and 27. Registration begins October 23.
     
  • Preschool Storytimes—Tuesdays: November 7, 14, 21, and 28. Registration begins October 24.
     
  • Wee Read—Wednesdays: November 8, 15, 22, and 29. Registration begins October 25.
     
  • Wolfe Pack Presents: The Fairy Tale in the 20th Century.  Tuesday November 7, 6:30 pm - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964 film by Jacques Demy.  Thursday November 9, 7:00 p.m.-- Champagne for One, discussion of 1958 novel by Rex Stout.
  • Clarence Senior Center Activity Day at the Clarence Public Library. Card games begin at noon. Classic movie is screened at 2 p.m. Saturday,  November 11, 2017 (movie: The Best Years of Our Lives ,c. 1946 starring Myrna Loy, Frederic March and Dana Andrews).
  •  Library Craft Time -  Celebrate Native American Heritage Month.   Program is designed for children ages 5-12 and pre-registration is necessary. The program will be held November 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins October 31.
  • Clarence Library Bookmarks - A book discussion group.  Tuesday November 14 at 7 pm.  The book to be discussed is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
     
  • iPad/iPhone Basics - Learn about the parts of the iPad or iPhone, understand how to use the touch screen, settings, and keyboard and discover how to download and use common apps Wednesday November 15, 2017, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Registration begins November 1. 
     
  • Author Event: Amherst native Alycia Ripley will be speaking at the Clarence Public Library about her latest work Wind over Tide. Thursday November 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Registration begins November 2.
     
  • Kidding Around Yoga Preschool Yoga Class (for ages 3-5). Friday, November 17, 11:00-11:30 am. Registration begins November 3.
  •  Take Flight: Airplanes and Rockets. Build a plane and a rocket to learn about the forces of flight: lift,weight, thrust and drag. For ages 8-12. Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins November 7.
  • Knitting Club - Meets one Tuesday each month from 6 to 8:30 pm.  November 21.  No registration required.
     
  • Friends of the Clarence Public Library – Regular meeting of the library fundraising organization.  Find out what you can do to support the library – Monday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Clarence Library Board of Trustees – Regular meeting – Monday November 27 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Red Cross Community Blood Drive.  All donors will be entered to win a gift card.  Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for an appointment.  Walk-ins welcome.

 

December 2017

Registration required unless otherwise noted

Calendar :: Newsletter

 

Registration required unless otherwise noted

  • Business of Music Workshop. Learn about the many aspects of music making and distribution including copyright, publishing, marketing and distribution. Brought to you by the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Three2Go Music Alliance.  Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Clarence Senior Center Activity Day at the Clarence Public Library. Card games begin at noon. Classic movie is screened at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017 (movie: Jane Eyre, c. 1944, starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine).
  • Six-Week Chess Clinic - for all ages - free chess clinic sponsored by Kids Play Chess, LLC.  Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm. November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2, December 9, December 16 . Registration starts October 21. Note: December 16 session canceled.
  • Visit with Santa! Straight from the North Pole Santa will be here to hear your Christmas wishes. Program geared toward children ages 2-10.  Bring your cameras or Smartphones for this photo opportunity with Santa. Saturday December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Registration begins November 18.
  • The Real Winnie. Winnie the Pooh was inspired by the story of a real-life bear cub befriended by a soldier serving in World War I. Join us for a fun-filled hour exploring the history behind this beloved character. For ages 6-10. Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins November 20.
  • The LEGO Club - for children ages 5 through 12 - Monday December 11, 4:00 pm.  Registration begins November 27.
  • Library Craft Time. Celebrate Winter! This program is designed for children ages 5-12 and pre-registration is necessary. The program will be held December 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Registration begins November 28..
  • Clarence Library Bookmarks - A book discussion group.  Tuesday December 12 at 7 pm.  The book to be discussed is A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.
  • Holiday Storytime.  Please join us for storytimes that celebrate the Holiday season. 
  • Toddler Time Monday, December 18, 2017.  Registration begins December 4.
  • Preschool Storytime Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Registration begins December 5.
  • Wee Read Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Registration begins December 6.
  • Create a Custom Holiday Card! Local artist David Wasik is back this December18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. with a workshop on making your own holiday card out of recycled materials. All ages program. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration begins December 4.
  • Knitting Club - Meets one Tuesday each month from 6 to 8:30 pm.  December 19.  No registration required.
  • Graham Cracker Houses.  Children ages 5-10 are invited to build and decorate an Graham Cracker House with Explore and More on December 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Registration is limited and begins on December 7.

 

    


 

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 February 27, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

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

 


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

 

The Library is normally open Monday through Saturday but will be closed on the following dates in 2017:

February 20 ♦ April 14 & 15 ♦ May 27 & 29 ♦ July 4 ♦ September 2 & 4 ♦ October 9 ♦ November 10 ♦ November 23 ♦ December 25

 

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

 
 

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 February 27, 2017 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 11/23/2017 (Thanksgiving Day)

Library Hours
SunClosed
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