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Downtown Central Library, National Library Week Events



For Immediate Release:  April 10, 2013
For More Information:    Joy Testa Cinquino, testaj@buffalolib.org,  716-858-7182


National Library Week April 14 – 20, 2013

Plenty to do at all 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

 Library tours, book clubs for all ages, book sales, author visits, story times, computer training, Lego club, science for kids, movies, Japanese rock garden building, genealogy research,  open houses, special displays, and crafts are just a few of the free programs featured next week in the 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries during National Library Week, (April 14-20).  One of the highlights of the week takes place at the Frank E. Merriweather Library (1324 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo) on Tuesday, April 16 when community leaders read from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written 50 years ago.

 “We invite the community to celebrate all of the great things libraries have to offer – during National Library Week and throughout the year,” said Mary Jean Jakubowski, Library System director.  “Libraries are a great return on your investment. For every $1 received from Erie County,  the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries provide $6.56 back to the community in services like computer training, database research, interlibrary loans, family programs, book, music and video downloads, and of course, book and materials lending. Libraries are changing – they’re full of activity and excitement – the look and feel is that of community.  I hope folks will discover or rediscover what libraries have to offer during National Library Week.  Come see us, it will be worth the trip! “

 First commemorated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and celebrated by libraries across the country each April. A poll conducted in 2012 by the ALA found that 94% of respondents agreed that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because they provide free access to materials and resources.   The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System has more than 2.6 million materials available for borrowing including books, eBooks, DVDs, music and more. 

 Here is a sampling of many of the free programs at Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries during National Library Week.  

Alden Ewell Free Library – Make and Take Bookmark (Thurs., April 18)


Angola Public Library – Preschool Story Time (Wed., April 17) 

Main Library at Audubon – Harry Potter w/ Matt James (Wed., April 17); Creating a Japanese Rock Garden (Sat., April 20) 

Aurora Town Library – Intro to Twitter (Fri., April 19), Prepare for College (Sat., April 20) 

Boston Free Library- Various programs during the week


Central downtown Library – Imagine Buffalo Series & Social Justice Series speakers, (Tues., Wed., April 16 & 17), Primate Sanctuary (Sat., April 20), Library Tours (Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., April 15, 16, 19, 20),Rare Book Room Display – all month 

Clarence Public Library – Editing Digital Photos (Mon. April 15), World of Beatrix Potter (Fri., April 19) 

Clearfield Branch Library – Super Heroes (Mon, April 15), Family Movie (Fri., April 19) 

Town of Collins Public Library – Quilting with Florence (Wed., April 17) 

Concord Public Library- Corduroy at the Zoo: Young Child Week - story & crafts (Thurs., April 18) 

Crane Branch Library – Book Club (Thurs., April 18) 

Dudley Branch Library – Trace Family Roots w/Ancestry Library Edition Training (Thurs., April 18) 

East Clinton Branch Library– Homework Help (Mon. Wed., Fri., April 15, 17, 19)


East Delavan Branch Library- Jazzy Dancers (Mon, April 15), Science Firsthand (Wed., & Thurs. April 17 & 18) 

Eden Library - Used Book Sale (Wed., - Sat., April 17 – 20), Author talks (Mon., April 15 & Sat., April 20) 

Eggertsville–Snyder Branch Library - Gardening with Perennials (Wed., April 17) 

Elma Public Library – Sing & Read w/Nan Hoffman (Mon., April 15), Movie (Fri., April 19) 

Grand Island Library – Movie & Crafts (Sat., April 13) 

Hamburg Public Library – Book Club & Cook Book Club (Fri., April 19), Soil Test Clinic (Sat., April 20) 

Kenilworth Branch Library- Local Author Visit Jane Marinsky (Mon., April 15) 

Kenmore Branch Library – Tax Assistance (Mon., April 15), Kids Book Club (Sat., April 20) 

Lackawanna Public Library –Teen Book Club (Mon., April 15), Movies Based on Books (Thurs., April 18) 

Lakeshore Public Library – Chess Club (Mon., April 15), eBooks & eReaders Workshop (Sat., April 20) 

Lancaster Public Library –Book & Bake Sale (Thurs. – Sun., April 18 - 21), Teen gaming (Fri., April 19) 

Marilla Free Library – 100 year Celebration Open House (Wed., April 17), programs all week 

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., Branch Library – Letter from Birmingham Jail Readings (Tues., April 16), Tell Me A Story (Sat., April 20) 

Newstead Public Library – Gravitational Bull Juggling (Wed., April 17), American Girl Club (Sat., April 20) 

Niagara Branch Library – Open House: Meet the Library (Fri., April 19) 

North Collins Public Library – Sunday Café (Sun. April 14 & 21), Editing Digital Photos (Wed., April 17) 

North Park Branch Library –Wii Fridays & Lunch Bunch (Fri. April 19), Crazy Crafts (Sat., April 20) 

Orchard Park Public Library – Froggy Program (Tues., April 16), In Jest (Sat., April 20)


Riverside Branch Library – The Wondermakers performance & Library Open House (Sat., April 20)


Anna Reinstein Memorial Library – Zoo Fun, Preschool Story Hour (Mon., & Tues. April 15 & 16)


Julia Boyer Reinstein Library – Computer Training Classes (Mon., Thurs., & Fri. April 14, 18, 19)


City of Tonawanda Public Library –Toddler & Preschool Stories (Mon., & Thurs., April 15 & 18)


West Seneca Public Library – National Library Week Game Night for Teens (Wed., April 17)


Williamsville Branch Library – Lunch Bunch (Mon., April 15), Reminisce Saturdays (Sat., April 20)



Programs are subject to change. Please call your library first to confirm.
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