Mon, 10/12/2020 - 10:29

Are you a member of the American Indian community and want your children to see themselves reflected in the books they read? Do you want to learn more about the American Indian experience with your kids, but don't know where to find books that are reliable and culturally appropriate? The American Indian Library Association has developed the American Indian Youth Literature Awards to "identif[y] and honor.. the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity." (from the AILA website).  What better way to celebrate Indigenous People's Day than by reading books created by people from the vastly diverse and beautiful communities of indigenous people in this county:

Take a look at the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards and Honorees list.  These books are on the shelves at a B&ECPL library near you..  Check them out!

2020 Award Winners:

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:46
Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is September 27th through October 3rd, 2020.  This library stands by your right to read without censorship! 

What is Banned Books Week, you ask?
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

What books are being banned in the United States? 

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:44
Jolly Roger

Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let’s have some fun with some stories of the sea, fun new words to use and a fun buccaneer science activity. We will batten down the hatches and try to build a sailing vessel and keep it from Davey Jones’ locker while filling it with booty and doubloons! Another great way to keep the pirate fun going is to make a treasure map and have a scavenger hunt!

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:33
swirling colors

National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to honor the diverse experience of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The first day, September 15th, is especially significant as "the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua." Children's Library Assistant Ms. Lucylle has curated a selection of books, poems and activities to honor our Latinx community:

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:36
comforting books


Do you feel it?  We feel it; everything is hard right now.  Normal life has been disrupted for so long and this new reality of ours doesn't seem to be getting any easier.  You may or may not be working, you may not know when or how your child will be going back to school, and the possibility of the virus resurfacing is a constant.  

Kids are most likely experiencing the same feelings of anxiety and uncertainty despite our best efforts at maintaining a positive environment.  We as adults may not have all the answers, but we can be there to provide our children with a sense of hope and stability.  And If you don't always know what to say --that's ok! Sometimes reading a book together can help you reconnect with your child, or start a conversation about his or her feelings. And it just might make you feel better, too. Here's some book ideas that may help:

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 20:09
cover of the girl who drank the moon


Hello Everyone! 

Central Library’s middle school book group is meeting online while we are closed. Want to join us? Read on for details! 

We will be meeting via Zoom. You can participate on your computer, tablet or phone. I will invite people to the event with a link through their email. This link will not be made public. To obtain this code, you must email me,, sometime before the start of the meeting date and time to let me know you’re interested. 

At this point, you may be wondering who I am. My name is Maria and I am the teen services librarian at the Central Library. It's nice to meet you. Now that we’ve got the nuts and bolts out of the way, on to the fun stuff! I am happy to meet you and/or a parent before the group, in a short Zoom meeting, if that makes you more comfortable. 

Reader’s Quest Book Group

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:49
Textile Art

Need a fun craft idea that you can do with a wide age range of kids?  Why not try making some of these Textile Art Circles! 
Textile arts are very popular these days and this version is very easy to make.  It's a great way to keep little hands busy.  And what to do while the kids are weaving, you ask?  Why not read them some beautiful picture books about kids learning, weaving, and dreaming.  Video instructions for the craft are below. Scroll down for book ideas, with links to our library catalog. Don't forget you can always request a book if it isn't available at your local library. 

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:20
Goody Bag

Attention kids!  Believe it or not we are approaching the halfway point of our summer reading contest!  On July 17th, 2020 we will choose 6 lucky participants who will receive a goody bag full of summer fun!  Prizes will include a coloring poster, dragon gliders, bubbles, crowns, fairy wands and, of course, some books to help you have an awesome summer!  Participants must be 12 years of age or under, residents of Erie County, and signed up for our online summer reading contest to win!  Sign up is free- visit to enter! Please note that you do NOT have to have a library card to participate!

Winners will be contacted and the prize bags will be sent to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library of your choice for pick up!

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:29
Summer Reading Activity Calendar



Need reading inspiration for the summer? Here is our reading calendar for July!

Every day features a new book and many days have activity ideas to go along with the book. If you do the activity be sure to take a picture and share it with us using #becplsummerreads and be entered to win a basket of books! You can also enter book reviews for all the books in our summer reading contest for more chances to win great prizes!  Sign up for our summer reading contest at reading!


Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:18
Read Down Your Fines

Books + Read Down Your Fines


Read Down Your Fines

July 1 – December 31, 2020

Our annual Read Down Your Fines program for children age 16 and under has been extended! 

This year, Read Down Your Fines will run from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through Thursday, December 31, 2020. 

Also new this year: children can read whatever and wherever they want!  Read at home, the library, summer camp, etc.  Read a book, eBook, magazine, a newspaper, instructions, a cereal box…  List what is read and minutes spent reading on the Read Down Your Fines READING LOG!

Completed reading logs can be: