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Audio Books CD   MP3 Multitask while listening to your favorite titles.

Book Club in a Bag- Gather up a few friends and start your own book club, it’s in the bag!

Ebooks- Load your Kindle, Nook, iPad, tablet or computer for free. How to get started.

Large Print Books- Available at every library location from any library location.

Learn a Language kits No computer? No problem. Learn a new language while listening on CD

Movies, documentaries, TV series on DVD and Blu-Ray Who says you need to pay for cable or dish? Borrow all your favorite movies and TV shows for free.

Music on CD Listen to old favorites, explore world music, learn about the symphony, all for free.

Travel guides Plan a trip or just travel in your armchair.         

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Bistro Bookers – Interested in a casual, uncomplicated, stimulating night out? You're invited . . . Open to all. No reservations are required. Join us for a downtown after-hours book review/discussion forum held at 5:30pm in Chef’s Restaurant.

Book-a-Librarian – Make an appointment to meet one-on-one for up to an hour with a reference librarian at the Central Library

Book- a -Technology Trainer – One-on- one help setting up your tablet or e-reader so you can enjoy free ebook downloads from the library or help setting up an email or social media account.  Meetings are held at the Central Library or you can check with the nearest branch library to find out when appointments will be taken for the next tech trainer visit in your area.

Computer Classes Free classes offered at Central Library, city branch and town libraries. Click to find out what is being offered near you.

Exhibits  Milestones of Science, Mark Twain Room,

Genealogy and local history.   You may also like the  Genealogy and Local History Blog

Launch pad – Recording studio, circuits, augmented reality. Try your hand at these creative offerings in a low-stress, friendly environment.


           BPOvations Free talks given at Central Library by BPO musicians and staff give an intimate look inside the BPO
             Imagine Series Noon lectures at Central Library by Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature

Literally Speaking – Downtown’s lunchtime book discussion group. Check the link for dates and titles.

Mobile Library                                          The Library on Wheels will be at locations and events throughout Erie County.

Online language courses – Take advantage of your free time by learning a language in the comfort of your home or even on the go via your smart phone or tablet. All you need is an Internet connection, a library card and a desire to learn. Pronunciator lets you choose from 80 languages and many levels.

Older Adult programming kit in-a-bag (Bi-Folkal) Program kits are designed to be used by activity directors working with frail Seniors. They can be easily adapted to mixed-age groups and can be used in a variety of settings. Choose from over 50 on a variety of topics designed to spark memories from the past. The library offers programs produced by Bi-Folkal and themed kits created by librarians.

Reading contests- Read a book, write a brief review. It’s fast and easy. Each review increases your chance of winning the grand prize of a Kindle FireHD.

Subject Guides- contain websites, databases and books chosen by librarians to help you explore new and interesting topics.

Thursday Film Series- Enjoy a free movie each Thursday at 5pm in the Ring of Knowledge, first floor Central Library.

Wellness Wednesdays- Second Wednesday of the month at Central Library 11am-2pm

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Assistive Technology at Central Library  Technology including ZoomText Reader 10, SARA Stand Alone Reading Appliance and other resources to help make reading easier.

Proxy card If you are unable to visit the library yourself you may give permission to someone else to visit the library and use your card on your behalf. Print and fill out this application or have your proxy pick one up at the nearest public library. Fill it out and sign it and your card will be mailed to you.

 Talking Book and Braille Library program- The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and Braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability.

And that’s not all… each of our 37 locations throughout Erie County offers a unique variety of opportunities for learning and enjoyment. Visit their individual web pages for more details by clicking here