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Young Audiences of Western New York is continuing its Second Saturdays series of free all-ages programming at the downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, through the summer with the following activities:

This Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. Erie Canal Traveling Museum

Bring the history of the Erie Canal to life! Educator/interpreter Melissa Kate shares artifacts from the mid 1800’s through the turn of the century, which may include items used on or around the Canal for domestic chores, farming and husbandry, hunting and fishing, shipping and hauling, and daily living. This hands-on exploration program helps illuminate the history and importance of the Canal, its vocabulary and the lifestyle of those whose livelihood depended on it.

Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. One Page Collage Creations

Teaching artist Christy Zucarelli leads a hands-on creative workshop where participants use magazines, various kinds of paper and other materials to create a one-of-a-kind collage that represents their interests, favorite things, personality, dreams, and fantasies.

Second Saturday programs planned for this fall at the downtown Central Library include Nancy Baun’s “Have You Ever Listened to a Drawing?” on Saturday, September 8 and theatreFiguren’s production of the beloved children’s story “Ferdinand” on Saturday, September 15. Both programs will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Summer Reading programs and activities are in full swing in all 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries this summer. Everything is free. Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading and participating in library programs. Learn more by visiting: